Off-Campus Housing

Tuition (in-state)
$24,873 ($10,107)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what my friends have told me, start the process immediately.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I would say again that there is such a variety that if you don't find somewhere that you enjoy living, you really probably just didn't look.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus but my friends have

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is literally something for everyone, there are the cheap, not so nice apparments that students usually opt for that are in close proximity to the football stadium and then there are the average priced nicer appartments that are a good 5-10 minute walk from campus & most of the bars and then there are the more pricey fully furnished apartments that are alittle farther (walking wise) to campus, so there is honestly something for everyone!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many places to choose from, in so many different neighborhoods. Between apartments, townhomes, houses, and other options, there is something for everyone. It's not hard at all to find an affordable place to live with the amenities you want, and a location that works for you!


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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 115 responses

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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 110 responses

  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 111 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.
  • 65% 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.
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