Off-Campus Housing

Eugene, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$27,653 ($8,789)
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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Unless you are willing to live quite a ways off campus it really isn't worth your time or money. To live in a house or apartment within 10 blocks of campus every direction (except for north because that is where all the homeless and crime are) it will cost around 1,000 a month alone for either a crappy run down one bedroom, or a new apartment that has several rooms and you will HAVE to have room mates. There is no help through the school as they run their own rental business as well. You will need to expect to have to fight for a crappy house or apartment because they get snatched up fast, are ridiculously over priced, and are managed by rental companies that will find any reason to rip you off. There are only a few rental companies in Eugene you can trust, and even then they will still rip you off when they have an opportunity. One bonus is that when you get farther from campus the neighborhoods are nice, quiet, and a little bit better with prices (however housing costs in Eugene are ridiculously overpriced for what they are anyway).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They are mostly expensive. Some of them are not safe.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are quite a few apartments around Eugene.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We have very good off campus housing and many options.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It would say great, but prices have continued to rise each year for over eight years straight due to newer construction. Basically, new apartments and townhouses are built with usually really high prices, which you think would make the older options lower their prices to keep their tenants. You'd be wrong! They actually raise them, because they know that you don't have cheaper options now. Uncommons has units that are over $1,000 PER PERSON and that doesn't even include all utilities. Not surprisingly, the student has started petitioning to cap rent.


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  • 80th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Beemer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Grad Year
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Off-campus housing in Eugene can be convenient and cheap, depending on how far off campus you're willing to look. The vast majority of student housing is found in the many apartment complexes located near Autzen Stadium, across from the Willamette River (roughly a 10-minute drive from campus). University Commons, Ducks Village, and Chase Village all offer newer apartments at reasonable prices and try to cater to student needs. If you don't have a car, the bus system is really convenient. Although it's a bit of a walk from campus, the LTD bus line runs frequently near all apartments and is free to students. These students usually tend to stay in this area beacuse of its distance. This can be a great way of bonding but can feel a little secluded at times as well.

As far as housing within a short walk of campus, it's hit or miss. Several houses and apartment complexes are located just a few blocks from UO, though their prices vary greatly. Apartments close to campus tend to run the same price as apartments by Autzen, but they are more confined and have fewer amenities. If you want housing for the fall, you'll need to start looking in the spring, preferably early. Everything will have filled up by the time summer rolls around, and you'll have a lot of trouble finding anywhere to live. In general, prices tend to be reasonable and cheaper than living in the dorms. Although it's a little less convenient than being on campus constantly, the freedom that comes along with your own apartment will make it worthwhile, especially in your later years at the University.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Chase Village
  • Ducks Village
  • Stadium Apartments
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $620
  • 2 BR: $775
  • 3 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 121 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 119 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% 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 119 responses

  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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