Off-Campus Housing

Location
Newark, DE
Undergrads
15,558
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I dont have much to say for this because ive never lived off campus

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not living off campus so I don't know much about it, but my friends who are found places pretty easily and at relatively good prices.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people more off campus for their junior year, some earlier some later. I know a lot of people either do it to avoid the housing process and not getting the dorm/roommate they requested, to have cheaper housing, or to just avoid the dorm rules. There is a lot of off campus housing but I would recommend looking as early as possible (like sept or early oct) to get the best prices and the best locations. The prices vary but are all cheaper than the dorms. There are a lot on Main Street so very convenient and close to campus. They building new townhouses and apartments every year so if you're really proactive about it you could definitely get newly built or renovated housing. I'm living off campus next year and the process was hard at first just deciding where I wanted to live but after you get past the initial stress there are a lot of resources that can help make it easier.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just finished applying for my off-campus apartment for next year. During the process and looking at the many options, I found that many already came furnished and they were all very much renovated. At first, the kind of apartment my friends and I had been prepared to move into had already been taken up in just a matter of days, and we had put our application in fairly early. We were fortunate enough to be able to settle for a different style apartment in the same complex, but some students were denied completely because the facility had been all full. Off-campus housing is very popular among upperclassmen here at the school even though we are guaranteed housing on-campus for all 4 years. So it is very important to get your application in far ahead of time. The cost is very much on the expensive side. Much more than if one were to live on campus with a meal plan! It is very intimidating to realize how much the monthly rent will be, and you will definitely be paying more no matter where off-campus you live than if you lived on-campus. Many of the off-campus complexes provide their own parking lot with spaces for you and all of your roommates to have a car. The safety is pretty tight and there are many liabilities and strict rules that are laid out when signing the leasing agreement. I cannot speak so much on how much help the school offers with off-campus housing since my friends and I reached out to this facility directly, but with some realtors with offices on Main Street, I believe the school makes it convenient for students to seek off-campus housing on their own.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not many options for off campus housing, and in order to live off campus, students must make arrangements very far in advance. Parking is a big issue on and off campus.

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  • 99th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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Nearly all students move off campus after their sophomore year into one of the options surrounding campus. UD students have nearly taken over all of the neighborhoods around campus, much to the dismay of the few remaining elderly residents who maliciously call the cops for any late-night noise. Options range from apartment complexes to houses, old and new. Some houses are extremely run-down, and students planning on partying hard usually look for these houses on purpose. Other students generally find something at least nicer than the dorms.

While most students find off-campus housing a more enjoyable experience than the dorms, you have to be careful about where you live. Certain areas are more dangerous than others, and some are considered Party Central. All the best places go first, so it's important to start looking early. Some students have had major issues with bad landlords who refuse to fix broken pipes and air conditioners and try to take advantage of them. There are also some very strict rules in the Newark standard lease that are worth paying careful attention to before signing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
56%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
6%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,758
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Cleveland Avenue
  • East Main Street
  • Towne Court
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $815
  • 3 BR: $1,200
  • House: $1,420

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 100 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 99 responses

  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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