Off-Campus Housing

Kalamazoo, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be found easily at Western. People talk, flyers are everywhere, people hand out treats and information on campus, there is just so many ways to hear about it. There is a great selection, although not many great prices. I thought the prices would be less expensive, but I have found the more popular places are higher priced. There are plenty that offer free busing to and from campus or are walking distance! I think all are pretty safe and a lot offer locks on your individual bedroom which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options all at reasonable prices

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus but I have a few friends that live off-campus. It depends on where they live. Copper Beech has had a few problems with students or non-students where it has escalated but they have tightened security so it's much safer, but it tends to be the noisiest. A relative of mine lives at The Centre, she had an issue with bed bugs. Those are only a couple of not-so-great examples but overall, they are conveniently located close to campus with access to shuttle buses, exclusively for residents. Parking is available for all. The only thing would be the cost, but that varies from place to place. Those closer to campus tend to cost a little more, especially those that offer more but that's to be expected.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am still in the process of checking all the information out since I am still living on campus.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off-campus, so I don't have an overall rating. My ratings above where strictly from friends' experiences and hearing through the grape vine about all of the different options and availability out there!


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  • 17th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
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At WMU, there is a large population of students who choose to live off campus—and for good reason, too. Depending on where one chooses to live, the rent can potentially be cheaper than living in the dorms. Depending on your location of choice, rent varies greatly with apartments and houses. The closer you live to campus, the more expensive rent will be.

There is also a large population of students slightly out of the University boundary, labeled the "student ghetto." Rent is typically cheap there, around $200 to $300 a month. In the apartments, electricity is typically the only utility a student is responsible for paying. In the houses, however, all utilities are taken into account. The apartments offer a variety of amenities, such as swimming pools, free Internet and cable, and a workout facility.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a place to live depends greatly on the apartment or house choice. Certain locations fill up sooner than others.
Popular Areas
  • Campus Court at Knollwood
  • Copper Beech
  • Hidden Hills
  • The Arbs (Arboretum)
  • The Centre
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $750
  • 3 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 105 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 105 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% 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.
  • 46% 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 105 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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