Off-Campus Housing

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Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($13,142)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus, but from what I've researched the prices are extraordinarily high, and when added to utility and amenity bills is almost as expensive as on-campus housing. Plus the difficulty of transportation makes the little difference in cost not really worth living off campus).

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus, but I expect I will. The university encourages students to stay in the dorms for the first 2 years, and I agree with that policy. Based on siblings' experiences at the UofM, off campus housing is available, and probably typical of many college towns. The houses are old, but conveniently located to campus, and there are multiple rental agencies that list them. I think they are expensive for what you get, but they are probably priced like most other college towns.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is usually a lot more affordable. There's lots of options. The best ones in terms of location and quality are clearly more expensive and comporable and/or more expensive to/than dorm prices. Other than those options, it's pretty affordable and there's locations all around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a decent amount of off-campus housing, but it is expensive and parking is tough.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for.

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  • 55th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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Many students choose to live off campus after their freshman year. There is a variety of off-campus housing options—both houses and apartments, all within a reasonable proximity from campus. The closer the location, the higher the price—though, all prices are relatively cheap. Students who live off campus report being very happy about their decision and their new-found freedom. Many streets are completely occupied by students, and they sometimes hold block parties, which are open to the public. The main drawback about off-campus housing is the distance from grocery stores. If you live off campus and you don't own a car, your best bet is to purchase a dorm meal plan.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
66%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,996
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early fall
Popular Areas
Anywhere near campus, especially South Campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,100
  • 3 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $1,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 169 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 165 responses

  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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