Off-Campus Housing

Wheaton, IL
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Off-Campus Housing: Honestly, I'm a freshman. Can't speak to this.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing because I have not had to look for it, as I am a freshman.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some off-campus housing is amazing. They are really close to the campus and cost is reasonable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments seem spacious, clean, comfortable, and affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Encouraged to Live on Campus – They encourage you to live on campus. You have to apply to live off campus. They like to keep the community feel of everyone living on campus, and hope this way people will be more involved with campus life and build deeper relationships with friends. It is expensive to live on campus through. And there are plenty of options for living off capus in the Wheaton area, if you get a group of friends together and split the cost.


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  • 931st
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
St. Louis, MO
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Unlike most schools, a small minority of the Wheaton student body decides to move off campus. Two facts about Wheaton explain this odd paradigm. First, the school has to receive a certain amount of money from student housing plans, so they grant very few off-campus privileges. All in all, there are about 250 spots, and these are seniority-based, so freshmen, sophomores, and most juniors can kiss their chances goodbye. The second fact is that most students simply enjoy living on campus and find off-campus housing is more of an inconvenience than a blessing. According to new policy, the Housing Office does not allow more than four Wheaton students to live off campus together (previously, many students lived in groups of six to eight). Most students find this rule ludicrous and really wouldn’t mind breaking it. However, if you also consider having to attend the three mandatory chapels every week, plus classes, plus extracurricular activities, plus parking annoyances, plus gas prices, on-campus housing just looks more attractive.

If you plan prudently, you can rent apartments that are actually closer to campus than some campus housing. The farthest that students will live off-campus is about a five- to ten-minute drive. These areas attract those who want an off-campus sanctuary, or an opportunity to escape from certain pressures at Wheaton. It is also a good opportunity to make new friends, as off-campus hangout spots are highly sought after. Your place could very likely become party central. There are certainly advantages to off-campus housing, it just depends on what you want. And, of course, whether or not you qualify for the opportunity to choose.

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
  • Orchard Lake Apartments on College Avenue
  • The Wheaton Townhouses across from the soccer fields
  • Wheaton Square Apartments
  • Wheaton Tower
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 27 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 27 responses

  • 11% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 22% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 44% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% 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 27 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 11% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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