Off-Campus Housing

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live off campus junior and senior year and there are lots of different options, from houses to apartments.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Start looking early as possible

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From when Ive been to parties the housing is good. As expected.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I like living on campus for now but I think it would be fun to do in later years with a group of friends. It is a pain to walk or take a bus into campus after being able to take a 5 minute walk to class.

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  • 177th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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Off-campus housing seems to consistently grow in popularity. Sophomore year, you will see many students live in houses off campus (still a good amount will be on campus), but by junior and senior year most will live off campus. Many houses will have parties, and generally you will know what streets are known for having them. People are more willing to have parties because of the lenient environment off campus houses provide. Generally, the off-campus houses that are closer to campus are more expensive, but still worth it. Many off-campus houses are closer to Southwest and Berkshire dining commons than many on-campus locations. If you live farther from campus, you do not necessarily need a car, but you are going to want someone in your house to have theirs at school. Parking can become inconvenient, but once you are there you figure out the system. Houses differ in size but generally are not in the best of condition. But to be honest—it's college! No one is expecting beautiful homes that are well furnished. Apartment complexes are available, too. You can find parties there, but it is also possible to find some peace and quiet, which seems to be a common theme all across UMass. If you want parties, there are often many to choose from, but if you don’t, you can find places to relax as well.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
39%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,937
Popular Areas
Anywhere on the bus route
Average Rents
  • Studio: $670
  • 1 BR: $870
  • 2 BR: $940
  • 3 BR: $1,080

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 133 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 133 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 133 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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