Off-Campus Housing

Richardson, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey, but then again so is on-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is very close to campus and very safe; however, there is limited parking on campus which does not allow for off-campus living to be beneficial.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They are very convenient in proximity to housing and other shopping centers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived both off-campus as well as on-campus, and I can say from looking that there is off-campus housing readily available, but it is not promoted by the school as they want to increase their number of on-campus residences. If one were to look for an apartment or house off campus, it would be relatively easy to find, but most of them are not very cheap, and they are not as close to campus as some other universities' off-campus housing is.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There isn't a whole lot of off-campus housing. The houses close by are just normal houses that have nothing to do with the college.


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Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start searching for a place around May, but there will still be open spots in the summer or right before school starts. You can't choose to live off campus for your freshman year, though.
Popular Areas
  • Custer Road
  • Independence Parkway
  • McCallum Boulevard
  • West Renner Road
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
Most big parties are off campus to avoid scrutiny from the administration.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 70 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 70 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% 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 69 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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