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.