Off-Campus Housing

Wilkes-Barre, PA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's city housing, some apartments can be rented through the University.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know anything about off-campus housing.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Definitely worth it so you're not paying back over $10,000 a year for dorming.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is nice because it really cuts down on the tuition bill. However, not all off campus houses were great but overall it's worth the money you will save.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its hard to find a good price for an off campus apartment

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  • 357th
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Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Finding a place off campus is easy. Finding a good landlord may not be so easy. Use caution with security deposits, as many students have been known to be ripped off, as in not getting their deserved deposit back. Aside from that word of caution, off-campus housing seems to be a popular choice for upperclassmen. Except for the Provincial Towers and Marlboro Place, there aren't many apartment complexes in the downtown area, so most rent duplexes or apartments within old houses in South Wilkes-Barre neighborhoods, which are very close to campus. Many of these offer spacious accommodations, although many are in old buildings and lacking modern amenities. These apartments, as noted, are mixed in with homeowners, which is a warning to keep quiet-Wilkes-Barre residents are known to call the cops on college students. It seems as if many of the best apartments to live in are passed down from graduating students to their underclassmen friends, so many alumni will notice their old houses are still accommodating Wilkes students. For this reason, although the papers are always full of places to rent, some of the best are heard about through word of mouth. There are more expensive apartment complexes near the mall in nearby Kingston such as East End Apartments, Wilkes Wood, Gateway Apartments, Mayflower Crossing, and Green Acres Apartments. These will set students back $700 to $1,200 per month, but they include pools, health clubs, plenty of parking, security, and other amenities.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Recently, off-campus housing has become a pretty competitive market, so members of the Off-Campus Commuter Council advise students to begin looking for housing toward the end of the fall semester.
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • South Wilkes-Barre
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $650
  • Studio: $400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 19 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 19 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 37% 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 19 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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