Off-Campus Housing

Wilmington, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$17,472 ($5,672)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Even if you are living off campus, the housing is still very close. While it is more expensive and it is up to your expense since you cannot use certain awarded money for those living arrangements, it is a pleasant experience. you are not as connected with the school, and it is recommended that you live on campus initially, the staff and school do help you with trying to help you figure out a place to stay. Personally, i am not aware of parking and landlord situations, but from what I have heard they are reasonable.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Typical student housing options, but all are close to campus and a lot have pools. The school always helps you locate options if you want.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I can't rate the off campus housing since I live on campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am an on campus student and I am looking for a house or apartment for next year but I have not been able to truly get into the process yet.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really have much experience with the off-campus housing, all I know is that there are a lot of options.

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  • 120th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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Similar to the variety of options for on-campus living, options for off-campus apartments, townhouses, and homes are plentiful and readily available. About 40 percent of students live on campus each year, and while it's definitely important for students to live on campus during their freshman year, after that, it's really all about what the student wants. Staying on campus is very possible, but moving off is an experience sophomores, juniors, and seniors may prefer. The size, amenities, and location for a lot of apartments and townhouses are worth moving off campus for if that's a decision a student wants to make.

The amount of off-campus living within a mile and a half of campus is large in number. Prices are more reasonable off campus than on campus, and convenience doesn't necessarily have to be compromised. It's not difficult to find houses or apartments farther away from campus, either, such as in the areas of downtown Wilmington or at the beach. Finding a house can be a more stressful process, though, and takes more time to finalize. A lot of off-campus locations have pools and gym access.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
May through July are the best times to look for apartments, but if students are interested in renting a house, searches should begin earlier in the year, closer to March or April. This especially applies for interest in renting a beach house because these are difficult to finalize and take more time to work out and find availability.
Popular Areas
  • Popular apartment complexes include The Reserve at Forest Hills, Azalea Trace, Brookstone Village, The Quad, Cypress Pointe, Village Green, and Campus Walk. Some of these are really close to campus, so transit to class is possible by walking or biking.
  • Renting a house with a few friends is a popular choice for students. There are a lot of houses off of Wilshire Boulevard, Rose Avenue, and some students find a beach house to rent at Wrightsville Beach.
  • Townhouses off of MacMillan Avenue and at Carleton Place are popular locations.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 3 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 56 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 57 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 49% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 40% 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 57 responses

  • 11% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Extremely helpful.
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