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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing that I have seen are clusters of students in the same situation, while the quality of living in these spaces is not very high.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about it, I live on campus

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is provided for all students except for seniors, so seniors are forced to live off campus. That being said, there are a lot of options of where to live, with a variety of location and cost.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've heard it's ok

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Sometimes it's a hassle, especially if you don't have a car, but public transportation is always available and the school plays a role in helping you get set up.


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  • 1136th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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There are a lot of places to choose from in the nearby area, but the only problem is finding one in time. And remember, with the freedom of off-campus living comes bills and commuting. While Villanova is home to two rail lines and three train stations, getting to school can be a pain—it isn’t in walking distance, and transportation can get expensive. A popular place to live is the Courts in nearby Bryn Mawr, but the wait to get in is backed up several years. Problems aside, living off campus provides loads of freedom and proves to be a fun and memorable experience.

It’s not too hard to find a place, and Residence Life helps ease the transition to living on your own. At the beginning of each semester, Res Life posts housing opportunities and a checklist of things to look for when inspecting housing. Houses that are entirely rented out to college students sometimes have backyards, which offer more freedom and room to move around. Make sure the apartment or house fits what you are looking for, and make sure it’s suitable for living and the prices are fair. Get a feel for the neighborhood before choosing a place because some residents are not big fans of college students and will be quick to call the cops at any sign of a party, and the cops are even less friendly to college students.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Anytime. There's a lot of off campus housing available but note that desired locations-like the Courts on Montgomery Avenue-go much more quickly than other locations. However, it's never difficult to find housing.
Popular Areas
  • Ardmore
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Wayne
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $675
  • 2 BR: $930
  • 3 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 50 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 51 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 10% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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