Off-Campus Housing

Baltimore, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not currently and have not lived in off campus housing but I have visited friends in off campus housing and I have seen the options in my travels. I do think there is a good variety of places that people can choose from for off campus hosuing and a lot of options are very close to school, but as with the students living on campus there are not many options for shopping and transportation to busier areas from the closer locations.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing optiosn are quite nice. They help college students find residence in places around the local campuses which is quite helpful. They are not the most luxurious sites but they do supply a few bedrooms and good comfort. They are in safe vicinities and productive envrionments. For example, in the catonsville area there are local libraries where students of any grade level can go to study. There is a line of outlet stores around that area as well where local college students can socialize and meet up. Therefore, the off-campus housing is quite comfortable to live in and not the most expensive either.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know much about off-campus living. I heard there are some decent choices right by campus though, and that they're pretty easy to get for upperclassmen.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know enough about it to rate it

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment complex is great and safe, but it's about 10 minutes away from school

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  • 352nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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Off-campus housing here is definitely safe and easy to find, and living off campus can save students a couple thousand of dollars annually. On average, there are as many students living on campus as there are they living off. Finding off-campus apartments, especially close to campus, is not very difficult, and availability of housing is never a problem. Arbutus, located right outside of UMBC, is a popular area where students like to live. Living here is convenient because students can walk, drive, or bike to campus. Arbutus is also home to popular restaurants, such as Golden Gate, Bruce Lee II, and Pizza Paradise, plus a small movie theater and student favorite nightlife spots, Penguins and Fish Head Cantina. Students can contact Off-Campus Students Services for assistance when getting a place or can find an apartment on their own. Some resources to check out are roommates. com, Cragislist, or the many advertisements around campus posted by students needing roommates.

If you want to live in an area with a busier nightlife and more things to do, UMBC’s proximity to Baltimore and Old Ellicott City is great. Students who prefer to live in big city can conveniently find an apartment in Baltimore City, which is accessible by car and public transportation. Students can take a stroll around the Inner Harbor, eat some exquisite foreign food in the Mount Vernon area, watch a great concert at one of the many venues, or go bar-hopping in Fells Point or Federal Hill. Old Ellicott City is a great option for students with a car who prefer to live in an area that has a small-town feel but still has nightlife options. Rent in Ellicott City is less affordable than in Baltimore City or near campus and does not tend to be the most popular area for commuting students, but it is a nice middle ground between Baltimore City and Arbutus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look is during spring and summer. Students usually decide if they are going to move off campus around the spring, so it is easier to find others who may be interesting in sharing an apartment off campus. This is also the time when students decide to move to a different apartment or are graduating, so many apartments become available in the spring. Summer is also a great time because this is when students know for sure whether they are staying on or off campus. The summer weather is also helpful because it is easier go look at multiple rooms and apartments.
Popular Areas
  • Arbutus
  • Baltimore City
  • Old Ellicott City
Average Rents
  • Efficiency: $650
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $850
  • Townhouse (3-4 BRs): $1,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 72 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 74 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% 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 73 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 40% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Extremely helpful.
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