Off-Campus Housing

Columbia, MO
Tuition (in-state)
$23,366 ($9,257)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I prefer living off campus, mainly because I have yet to live on campus. My freshman year the school ran out of on caps living opportunities, but they helped me find a room in Tiger Diggs. Which was a lease through the school, but off campus. I enjoyed having my own bedroom, but not being completely alone. Cons of Tiger Diggs would be having to get a meal plan, and poor matching of roommates. Pros: full kitchen and furnished apartment, the bus pass and parking pass were included.

I'm living on east campus now and I really enjoy it. Pros: having a pet, no meal plan sucking up your money, parking lot behind the house, near downtown, affordable, and it's across the street from campus. Cons: There's no central air conditioning and there's a small kitchen.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live with my parents so I cannot provide a good review of off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper than dorms and the freedom is gray but its easier to lose track of school which can be dangerous

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of great choices. Even though the prices can be steep, it's totally worth being able to live outside of the dorms.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are numerous amounts of off-campus living available to the students.

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  • 85th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Kojadinovic
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Most students can't wait to get off campus, have their own room, and make their own rules. One thing to watch out for: make sure the people you're moving in with are trustworthy enough to sign a lease. There are plenty of single-bedroom apartments, but they are also very expensive. Realty companies don't often offer individual leases, so if a roommate stops paying rent, everyone in the house is responsible.

Columbia offers multiple areas for student living, including The Falls, Bearfield, The Cottages, and Grantwood Village. These places do not offer single-bedroom housing, but rather they provide multiple-room housing for roommates. The prices for rent range from $250 to $400 per person. This does not include utilities or cable/Internet. Some of these places are very nice on the inside and are in decent neighborhoods; others (such as most housing on East Campus) are not very good. East Campus housing is good in the aspect that it is very close to campus. Most other places are about a five- to 10-minute drive from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Places look to renew tenants' leases by the end of March, so start looking for somewhere to live during February or March.
Popular Areas
  • Brookside Townhomes
  • Campus Lodge
  • Campus View Apartments
  • East Campus
  • Garry Lewis Properties at Corporate Lake: The Hill, Swan Lake, Timber Ridge, Bethel Duplexes, Brandon Woods Place
  • Grindstone Canyon Apartments
  • Log Hill Run
  • The Cottages
  • The Falls
  • The Reserve
  • Tiger Village
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $497
  • 3 BR: $770
  • 4 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 119 responses

Very poor
  • 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 118 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% 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 118 responses

  • 19% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Extremely helpful.
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