Off-Campus Housing

Rochester, NY
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have first-hand experience, but I hear mostly okay things.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The area next to the school is sketchy but has a great student community and is very affordable. I currently live downtown and have sacrificed proximity for safety and improved social environment/ food/ shopping/ music.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of people enjoy living off campus, and many frats have off campus houses as well. The problem is parking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Residential Life helps give you resources in searching off campus housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I prefer living on campus


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  • 335th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
History and International Relations
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Housing off campus is easy to find, with plenty of affordable places close to campus. The biggest attraction is that the prices per month, especially split between housemates, can be an extremely good deal. With the compactness of the campus at UR though, and the sense of community, many undergrads find it best and most convenient to live all four years on campus rather than off. Even Take Five students in the fifth year of their studies will live on campus. Groups tend to move into suites and are content to be in the dorms if it means they are able to live conveniently with friends. People do move into houses in groups, though, if the suite option isn't the most palatable.

The University does not own any off-campus housing, so if you decide to move off campus, you're on your own. If you have a car, it is workable to live off campus, and it will save you money by not paying room and board to the college. For more independent spirits or people with off-campus jobs, it may also make sense to not live in campus housing. Still, students often choose to live on campus, especially in Hill Court or GLC, where you feel somewhat off campus but are still technically in dorms. For certain circumstances and upperclassmen, off-campus housing is the right option, but it is not a choice made by the majority.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Mid-summer, early January
Popular Areas
  • behind Strong Hospital
  • Elmwood
  • Park Ave.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR: $1,100
  • 4 BR: $1,300
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 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 46 responses

  • 7% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 43% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 35% 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 46 responses

  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 65% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.
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