Off-Campus Housing

Lawrence, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in apartments that are not affiliated with the school.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in an awful, unsafe apartment complex and it is outrageously priced

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options for whoever wants to live off campus. Some houses look pretty shabby, but most students don't care about that.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't live off campus but they seem reasonably priced and they promote a lot on campus

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I found very cheap housing within a 1/2 mile of campus. Application process is easy with all apartments I've applied to. Very affordable with flexible options.


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  • 63rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Most students move off campus after living in the dorms their freshman year. Lawrence definitely caters to students who want to live off campus, and most students agree that finding somewhere to live off campus is convenient and affordable.

One of the most popular student-dominated off-campus areas is affectionately called the “student ghetto.” While houses here are usually pretty old and can have a few problems, students prefer this area because it’s within walking distance to campus and the bars and restaurants of downtown Lawrence and Massachusetts Street. More expensive living is also available for students willing to pay for it. The Legends Place Apartments are some of the priciest in Lawrence but are extremely nice and new. However, these apartments are not near campus, which is something many students look for when getting a place. The freedom of living off campus is refreshing for students after living with the rules and regulations of the dorms.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before or around spring break
Popular Areas
The Oread, also deemed the "student ghetto," is a student-dominated area that includes Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee streets between 8th and 17th.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $400
Did You Know?
There are three housing cooperatives in Lawrence that have room for eight to 30 residents. The co-ops are the Sunflower House, the Ad Astra House, and the Olive House.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 99 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 100 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% 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 100 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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