Off-Campus Housing

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is fairly cheap off campus. They really gear towards college students.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a house about 2 miles off campus and I love it. I have friends living in apartments and cottages and they seem to like it just as much. The apartment complexes are fairly nice and not too expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's a college town, so prices are jacked up for not-so-great apartments. Landlords aren't the best, and Norman laws are geared to protect them, not the tenants.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in an OU apartment last year. Rent was way too high -- $509/mo. That's pretty much the cost of any 4 bedroom apartment near campus, though. I suggest finding roommates and renting a house - that would probably cost a single person $350-$400/mo, utilities included. What I don't like about living off campus is having to drive and find parking. You may have to drive a bit longer to get to campus if you live in a house. Many apartments have campus shuttles that will drive you to school, though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My own personal experience with off-campus housing was bad, but I happened to pick the worst and most expensive apartment complex. My friends have had pretty good experiences with off-campus housing. There are many options and price points, so there is something for everyone. Parking depends on the apartment complex, as some have abundant parking, while others are impossible to find a space in. Even the most expensive apartment complex is cheaper than living on campus, so I would recommend off-campus housing to almost all students. The university allows apartment complexes to set up booths in the union and to hand out fliers around campus, so students are able to see many options just by walking to class.

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  • 28th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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Off-campus housing is an option for students who have completed their first full year of enrollment at OU. Some students choose to stay in campus apartments during sophomore year, but by junior year, most students are eager to move off campus and have a space that is truly their own. The tricky part in finding off-campus housing is the cost. Few students can afford housing in the immediate area around campus without a roommate to help split the cost. Some popular options include the many newly built apartment complexes in the area surrounding campus and renting single rooms in the older, pretty neighborhoods around the campus. The best housing available near campus is typically within half a mile. That close proximity to the school costs, however, and close houses or apartments are definitely the most expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
68%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
20%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,382
Best Time to Look for a Place
Many people who live in houses have leases that expire in May or early June, so then would be the best time to have a wide range of houses to choose from. Off-campus student living communities offer specials and deals throughout the year, which can lead to saving a substantial amount of money. It would be best to look around and keep an eye out for the best deal. Students should also keep in mind what is important to them when it comes to selecting an off-campus housing option—proximity to campus, pet policies, bathrooms. But there is no shortage of places to live in Norman, and one can find a house, apartment, or room at all times of the year.
Popular Areas
  • Campus Lodge
  • Crimson Park
  • The Commons
  • The Edge
  • The Reserve
  • University Greens
Average Rents
  • Studio: $450
  • 1 BR: $480
  • 2 BR: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 101 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

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

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 54% 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 97 responses

  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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