Off-Campus Housing

South Bend, IN
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of vendors to choose from and they will find you a place if you want one

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am living on campus, but the off campus options are cheap and nice!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus 3 of the 4 years at school.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is very helpful however expensive and difficult to get around.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Have not lived off campus yet. Most poeple move off-campus their senior year and are happy they did.


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  • 988th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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The freedoms to yell at all hours of the night, to party whenever you want and-perhaps most importantly-to have a significant other spend the night all make off-campus living immediately appealing. However, the fact that 80 percent of the student population is fond enough of campus life to remain there for at least three, and more than likely all four years, says much about where student preference lies. Nevertheless, those who choose to live off campus say that the apartment complexes are pretty close to campus and are fairly well kept. Although there may be a higher incidence of crime, and some off-campus houses may be in sketchy areas, such factors do not push these students back into the dorms.

Despite the fact that many students who move off campus are happy with their apartments, the massive amount of students who choose to remain on campus for at least three years indicates that, while it may have some advantages, there is nothing particularly special about off-campus housing. Students enjoy going to off-campus parties, but they also mention how off-campus housing is vulnerable to crime, especially in certain areas of South Bend.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least a year in advance
Popular Areas
  • Castle Point Apartments
  • Clover Village (formerly Turtle Creek)
  • College Park Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $525
  • 2 BR: $575
  • 3 BR: $675

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 44 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 44 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% 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 43 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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