Off-Campus Housing

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are quite places and party places. Lots to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Do what ever you want! its a college town with lots of young people

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is much better than living on campus

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't lived off campus so I don't know.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus selection is varied and always available. However, sometimes the costs can be even greater than the cost to live on-campus. The cheaper ones are farther away from campus. The best thing to do is find many friends to help pay. The quality of the apartments themselves are exceptional.

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  • 5th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Many Tech students choose to live off campus after their freshman year because of limited on-campus housing and the desire for more room. There are a ton of apartment complexes, townhouses, houses, and rooms for rent around Blacksburg. Off-campus housing can be a little more expensive than living on campus, but many students find it worth it for the added comfort, space, and privacy. A lot of off-campus housing is within walking distance to Tech, and bus routes go out to all the housing that is farther away. Students who live off campus find it easier to walk, ride a bike, or take the bus than to face the parking situation at Tech. The apartment complexes around town split up their renters into buildings for students and professionals, so the students can party and the professionals can get some sleep. One big problem with moving off campus is noise violations. Blacksburg residents like their sleep and have even passed legislation that has increased a noise violation from a class-four misdemeanor to a class-two misdemeanor. That means a noise violation could cost you $1,000 or six months in jail.

Tech students recommend living off campus if you can afford it. While you do miss out on the closeness of dining halls and class, you usually gain more space and comfort. It is a pain to have to be careful about volume control or risk receiving a class-two misdemeanor, but most students learn to deal with this. There are definitely lots of options and price ranges for students moving off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
61%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,000
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of the fall semester, beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Collegiate Suites
  • Foxridge
  • Pheasant Run
  • The Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $675
  • 1 BR: $625
  • 2 BR: $740
  • 4 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 133 responses

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  • 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 132 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 1% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 50% 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 132 responses

  • 14% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Extremely helpful.
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