Off-Campus Housing

Kalamazoo, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is good but the bus systems kinda blow when you're in a hurry

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think they are Great

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Better and closer than most schools.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So many options to choose from

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for a wide array of cost parameters. The bus routes are conveniently located and the college sits right in the center of numerous student-focused housing communities.


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  • 17th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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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 121 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 119 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 47% 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 118 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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