Off-Campus Housing

Kingston, RI
Tuition (in-state)
$28,016 ($12,450)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I actually live off-campus now and I would like to say that it has been a really good experience for me. I live right by the beach which has a great view during the Spring and Summer time. It is a bit expensive but a lot of the houses around this area are around the same price range because it is so high in demand. I am aware that there are other off-campus houses that are much closer and cheaper then the one I am currently living, so it really all depends on what the individual who is renting the house finds more convenient.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Beautiful beach houses by the beach, bars, restaraunts, parties, and for half the price of campus housing!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone moves off campus when they are junior and senior. I live on campus so I don't know the prices of everything but form what I have heard it is reasonable. The houses are normally on the beach, and about 15 minutes from school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Housing is very popular here at the University of Rhode Island. Since it is cheaper, students tend to move away from campus by junior or senior year in order to save money. Living off-campus seems to be much cheaper than living at URI.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is usually average costs, but there are some that can be found that are very cheap and still very nice quality. The landlords are generally standard and URI has an off-campus commuter website to help any students find houses available in their database near campus.


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Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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Living off campus is definitely worth it. After sophomore year, most students get tired of living in one room and head off campus. The cost of living off campus is about the same as living on campus, but every house is different. It can get expensive when paying for food, gas, and utilities, but even though there are more bills to be paid, the independence may be well worth it. People who live “Down the Line,” as it is referred to by students, are about 10 miles from campus but are closer to the beach, bars, and restaurants. Since Narragansett is a beach town, families who have summer houses here rent them out from September to May to URI students.

Anywhere from two to 10 people can live in a house together. The most attractive part about living in a house is having more privacy and being with friends. You have more freedom to do the things you like and not get in trouble for doing them. Finding a house is convenient and well worth it. Students who live off campus love it, and students who live on campus usually can’t wait to move off. The only common complaint about living off campus is commuting to school, which can take 10 to 20 minutes.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students start looking for off-campus housing starting early as October and as late as the summer months. The earlier you start, the more options you have.
Popular Areas
  • Bonnet Shores
  • Eastward Look
  • Narragansett Pier
  • Scarborough Beach
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,600
  • 4 BR: $2,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 71 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 74 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 41% 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 73 responses

  • 21% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Extremely helpful.
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