Off-Campus Housing

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Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$28,348 ($9,162)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: We have off-campus housing, but I do not live in it. So I can speak on it, but from what my friends tell me, it's cool.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The University is providing more and more opportunites for off campus housing for upcoming years. There are a number to housing units within walking distance from campus. The quality of housing will depend greatly on how old or new the place is and how much the landlord is charging but there can be no generalization for all housing found in areas close to campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know the Varsity and other off campus apartment complexes are expensive, and I have heard some bad stories. However, the couple times I have been in them I have been impressed by how nice they are on the inside. A bit far away from campus unless you are a science or engineering major.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I really would not know anything about off-campus housing because I live at home.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are kind of old but very cool looking. There are plenty of apartment options, though, and theres even a new building going up right on Route one.

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  • 370th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Students thinking about moving off campus after their first year need to consider three things: cost, convenience, and quality of life. The transition from living on campus to moving off campus can be exhilarating for some students, but with more freedom comes more responsibility. Rents are competitive compared to on-campus living, so expect to pay a good deal of money for quality apartments close to UMCP. Many students suggest starting the search for off-campus housing early to get a jump on the competition.

Students debating whether they should live off campus also have to decide if they’re going to try and save time and money on parking spaces by walking to class. Many students have to cross some busy streets to get to UMCP. Additionally, you’ll probably need to walk for at least 20 minutes to reach the center of campus, which is where many classes are held for first- and second-year students. It depends on whether an extra half-hour of walking or commuting and paying more bills is worth the hassle of risking being late for class due to traffic.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
58%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
7%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,596
Best Time to Look for a Place
Whenever Resident Life releases its estimates for on-campus housing availability for the next year. It changes from year to year. One year, the statistics came out in early fall; another year, they came out in early spring.
Popular Areas
  • Hartwick Towers
  • Knox Box houses (houses on Knox Road)
  • Parkside at College Park
  • The Courtyards
  • University View
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $1,600
  • 4 BR: $3,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 208 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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 203 responses

  • 18% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 204 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

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