Off-Campus Housing

Denver, CO
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: housing is really expensive but very convenient to the school. Since the school is in the city, parking is very hard to find and housing doesn't always have their own parking

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options within walking distance to the DU campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't know. I'm living on campus this year and I'll be living at home next year and commuting.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing can be very steep in rates if its near the campus, but quality tends to be pretty good.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have always lived off campus and wouldn't dare live on campus. It's worth the price and hassle of finding a place.


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  • 256th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Winnetka, IL
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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Most students are flooded with relief when they finally can move out of the dorms and into off-campus housing with friends. Finding a place to live isn't too difficult, as long as you do your research and shop around. As in any other major metropolitan area, the price of real estate in Denver can raise eyebrows. Utilities also can add up, considering Denver's hot summers and cold winters. Many students opt to gather a group of friends-anywhere between two and five people-to rent a small house, larger apartment, or a loft. Others choose to live solo, or with just one roommate in a smaller apartment. Both apartments and small houses are plentiful near campus; it's just a matter of jumping on housing opportunities before they get snatched up by someone else. University Park, South Denver, and Glendale are all popular places for students to live. High, Race, Williams, Gilpin, Humboldt, and Jewell streets are known for being house-party blocks.

For those who wish to live farther away from campus, downtown, other areas surrounding the outskirts of DU, Washington Park, and Cherry Creek offer exquisite apartments and houses, but at a considerably higher cost. You can find much cheaper housing a few blocks from campus, then ride your bike, drive, or even walk to school. For a fun, cultural, and eclectic living experience that's a bit less expensive, try the Capitol Hill area. It's not the best part of town, but it is unique. The entire process of securing housing can be confusing and lengthy, so don't put it off. Also, make sure to conduct a thorough inspection yourself of where you might live. Many places advertised as classy and high quality are actually dumps.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Between mid-June and late August, when students have gone home for the summer
Popular Areas
  • Capitol Hill
  • Downtown Denver
  • Englewood
  • Glendale
  • South Denver
  • Tamarac
  • University Park
  • Washington Park and Cherry Creek areas
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $775
  • 3 BR: $1,000
  • Studio: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
  • 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 83 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% 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 82 responses

  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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