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.