Off-Campus Housing

Lexington, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I am not too familiar with off campus housing but I know that is close to campus and much cheaper.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is pretty easy to find a house or apartment around campus because it is not that big of a city and there are homes and apartments all around campus. Many apartments and townhomes advertise in school papers and they post notes in the library and on every door.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of old houses near campus to rent with 3-4 roommates, but few options for living alone, or just 2 people. There are large communities that are vastly over-rated and over-priced (The Lex, 424, 425, Newtown). The houses are loud and notorious for parties. The communities boast safety and amenities, but are very easy to walk through gates. And the amenities are not worth what they charge. They are poorly maintained and constructed. The Lex had a floor collapse this past fall. The commute from off campus is terrible. Everyone has to park at the football stadium and then take buses from there to campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Wide nearby selection of apartments, townhouses, group housing and the like at similar or even lower prices for much higher quality, freedom, and peace of mind, and exponentially larger floor plans, among other amenities.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet lived off campus but finding an apartment was very easy and I think I'll be safe there.


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Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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After some time in the dorms, you will be more than ready for a bathroom and bedroom of your own. A seemingly endless supply of apartment complexes and old houses surround campus. Be prepared to spend quite a bit on housing the closer to campus that you get. You'll pay more for a shorter walk.

Off-campus housing runs from about $250 to $350 on rent every month; some students find it necessary to get a job to pay for it all. The houses around campus were probably considered quite nice at some point in the 19th century, but after years of enduring house parties, some can feel more like tenaments than anything else. With Kentucky having a dry campus, the parties close to campus get a drenching in beer and sweat. The dry campus is nearly half the reason students tend to move off. If you're not interested in that kind of lifestyle, off campus may not be for you, but if you are, Lexington offers a plethora of options available for all your off-campus needs.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Royal Lexington
  • University Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,200
Did You Know?
  • Many students live in clusters in certain apartment complexes. Depending upon location and time of year, certain areas of Lexington are nearly completely filled with UK students. The older houses around campus are popular living choices for students spending their first year off campus. After generations of wear and tear from UK students, these houses can be less than desirable.
  • Housing options at UK are changing rapidly with the addition of new dorms and new lofted apartments close to campus. Check frequently to get the most recent listings.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 112 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 111 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% 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.
  • 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 110 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.
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