Off-Campus Housing

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$30,122 ($8,340)
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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Horrible, cheap, loud apartments- disgusting

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have experienced through others, and it is fantastic

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived on campus, so I have not had any experience with living off campus.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus, so I only know what I have heard from friends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although I have not lived in an apartment, I did look for one for the upcoming year. There are plenty of apartments nearby and on the Chapel Hill transit bus routes. Prices vary from reasonable to pricy depending on what you are looking for.


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  • 293rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Many students choose to move off campus for the slightly lower prices and extra space. Chapel Hill and its surrounding areas have many types of living from luxurious apartments and homes to those more fitting of a college student's sparse budget. However, it is important to note that off-campus housing is hard to find, and many places are reserved a full year in advance. Places that are considered to be within walking distance of campus are more expensive than places that require more of a commute. Students who live off campus are generally happy with the quality and spacious atmosphere that an apartment or house may bring, but the commute and parking on campus are an entirely different story.

There are a few options available for students who aren't the biggest fans of dorm living, one of the most popular being Granville Towers. Although this is technically off-campus housing, it is sometimes considered to be a dorm because of its proximity. It combines the luxury of an apartment with the convenience of centrally located dorms, making it a great option for many students. Rent for off-campus housing is typically cheaper, depending on how far you are willing to go from campus, but as it gets later in the year and closer to campus, beware of high prices and talk to other students about good or bad landlord experiences. It depends on the type of person you are, but many find off-campus living as rewarding, if not more so, than on-campus living.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
November or December before the next school year
Popular Areas
  • Chapel Ridge Apartments
  • Chapel View Apartments
  • Granville Towers
  • Mill Creek
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $720
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,330
  • 4 BR: $1,720
Did You Know?
About 90 percent of houses near campus fill up by October.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 98 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 97 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 97 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% 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.
  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.


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