UTD students choosing to stay off campus do so for the cost reduction, added privacy, and customizable settings, or simply because campus slots are out. Whatever the reason, the overall feedback is positive. If you don’t receive housing stipends from the school, renting a place in McCallum can save you $100 or more every month, and this is exactly what a lot of international students do. You can also share a house with a friend, which is always a good experience, and enjoy much more freedom than those monitored by peer advisers and the UTD Police on campus. Watch out for difficult neighbors, though; once they file their complaints to the University or invite the Richardson police to your birthday party—which they would probably enjoy doing—things can go bad pretty quickly. Oh, and there may be cockroaches and rats here and there, too.
The University does reasonably well to help off-campus students settle down. When dorm space is depleted, students get directions from UTD to reliable sources of housing outside of campus. The 883 UTD Shuttle picks up McCallum residents right at their door step and makes trips to points of necessity—banks, grocery stores, supercenters, and rail stations—three times every hour, with a detour to Walmart on Fridays. It’s a convenient five- to 15-minute drive from campus to most apartments, but rush-hour traffic may considerably alter traveling time and experience.