Mostly, those who prefer off-campus housing are within their last two years of school or prefer to find a cheaper place to stay. On-campus housing is known to be expensive, with dormitories costing $3,000 per semester (including another $2,000 for meal plans), so it can be too much to pay out of pocket. Webster Groves rentals tend to be $550 a month for a one-bedroom rental.
The farther away from campus you go, the better the prices are because of the high demand to live close to campus. About $700 a month can get you a two-bedroom rental in South St. Louis—more space and an oven and stove to work with. However, most choose to stay within a one- to five-mile radius from campus or within nearby neighborhoods like Maplewood or Shrewsbury to avoid large dependability on transportation. If you are planning to stay off campus, it's best to look around as soon as possible. You never know when a good deal will get snagged by someone else.