Off-Campus Housing

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
9,371
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of getting an off-campus housing are its cheap, much more space, and you have your own privacy.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Very helpful at finding roommates and housing off campus

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Have not heard many stories.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for apartments, townhouses or houses, but difficult to find sometimes.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No idea, I don't live off campus. I only know one person who lives off campus and he seems good with it.

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  • 352nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Hometown
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Major
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
63%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
28%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,290
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 79 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 79 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.
  • 71% 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 79 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Extremely helpful.
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