Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just live on campus to avoid all the hassle

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are huge complexes and areas that are 15-20 minutes walking distance from campus. Amherst really is a college town, and the availability of off-campus housing shows that. Nearly all juniors and seniors live off-campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Their website for renting a place gets updated frequently with various types of housing.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of options available, some places closer to campus ie sunset, phillips, are kind of gross but you have many options.


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  • 177th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
New York City
Grad Year
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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 143 responses

Very poor
  • 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 142 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 143 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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