Off-Campus Housing

Winston Salem, NC
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to live on campus for 3 years.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey, and you can only do it for one year, but definitely worth it

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: tough now considering you can only live off campus once you're a senior

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is great. With houses shared between 4 to 5 people, it is affordable and decently nice for the price. Ranch Rd, Polo Rd, Macon Rd, and Long Rd hold home to most students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus so it is hard for me to say, but from what I can tell, off campus living is nice if you live in Deacon Station because of the shuttle that takes students who live there to Wake, but everywhere else seems like a hassle with transportation and such.


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  • 760th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Brielle, NJ
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One of the great things about Wake Forest is the campus community that exists. This can certainly be attributed to the fact that students are required to spend their first two years on campus. However, when students have spent four straight semesters on campus, they are eligible to apply for off-campus housing. Off-campus housing can be a great option because real estate in Winston-Salem (especially near Wake Forest University) is very reasonable. Off-campus housing also gives students the added freedoms of both floor space and lifestyle.

Off-campus living does have its drawbacks—namely that class is no longer a two-minute walk away. Furthermore, students have to drive themselves to campus and then find parking. Parking is a major deterrent for students, though the University does have shuttles that run from the various apartment complexes to campus throughout the day. Overall, it comes down to what is the best option for the student.

It must be noted that students need to apply to live off campus. This entails renting from an approved landlord (or getting your prospective landlord approved) and filling out a form for Residence Life and Housing. While this seems messy, it is just a formality—only rarely is a student denied in their request to live off-campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Alaris Village
  • Corners at Crystal Lake
  • Crowne Oaks
  • Crowne Park
  • Crowne Polo
  • Deacon Ridge
  • North Point
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 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 31 responses

  • 16% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 45% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 30 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 7% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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