Off-Campus Housing

Location
Louisville, KY
Undergrads
12,192
Tuition (in-state)
$23,146 ($9,662)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus for the first time this year, and absolutely hated it. The bellamy apartments constantly enforce overage fees that I can not afford. They also have cops who harass the tenants quite frequently mainly (african americans). As I have been a victim to the lack of equality.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't been off campus housing and didn't see.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My house is in Old Louisville and it is big and nice with off street parking and plenty of places to walk to eat.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus apartment communities are really nice, but they are way too expensive. I wish the school would have had fairs about how to rent a house or apartment that isn't school affiliated so students know all of their options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Accessibility is key but landlords do not respect students and do not keep the houses in good quality.

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  • 305th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
Hometown
LaGrange, Ky.
Major
French and English
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
83%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
41%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,570
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you're looking to rent a place for the fall semester, start looking in May. If you wait until summer, most of the good places will be taken. If you're looking for a place for the spring semester, start looking in early fall.
Popular Areas
  • Old Louisville, the area that surrounds campus
  • The Bellamy, a student-only apartment complex right off campus
  • The Province, a student-only apartment complex right off campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $485
  • 2 BR: $625
  • 3 BR: $900
Did You Know?
Louisville is home to the country's largest Victorian neighborhood, and there are beautiful, historic homes surrounding the campus. Many of the apartments students live in are converted Victorian homes.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

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  • 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 75 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% 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 74 responses

  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.

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