Off-Campus Housing

Saint Louis, MO
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off campus options available, but the prices are a little high unless you find roommates.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but due to housing shortages some students are forced to live off campus and usually don't get much aid.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I am currently in the process of finding off campus housing, but have not find anything promising yet.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know any information about off campus housing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on campus, so my opinion is skewed.


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  • 355th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jamie Pope
Saint Louis, MO
Poltical Science / English / German (minor)
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Generally, the on-campus housing is full before move-in day, so there are students looking around for off-campus housing quite early on before the fall semester starts. Rarely do students move in during the middle of the year.
Popular Areas
  • Brentwood
  • Maplewood
  • Shrewsbury
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $475
  • 2 BR: $750
  • 3 BR: $1,300
  • 4 BR: $1,450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 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 46 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% 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 45 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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