Choosing to live off campus is very common for U of L students. Renting a house with three or four other people and splitting the rent is significantly less expensive than living on campus, and many say they enjoy having their own private bathrooms and larger facilities that apartments and houses offer. Of course, living off campus has its challenges. For instance, you have to find your own roommate, which can be easier said than done—you have to advertise for someone you not only get along with, but who’s also able to pay their share of the rent.
As strange as it may sound, living off campus may even be more convenient than living on campus. For one thing, there is more variety in the apartments and rental houses near campus than dorm room options. Many apartments and houses are within walking distance of campus, in historic Old Louisville or close by. There are also new apartments, such as The Province and The Bellamy, that have quickly become popular, though some residents are unhappy with the quality or administrative aspects of these arrangements. Of course, if you live too far from campus and have to drive every day, you face parking at the stadium, but many students think it's worth it for lower rent and more independence.