Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Slim Pickings – There is almost no off-campus housing available, as Williamstown is a very small town. Over 90% of students live on campus all four years and the college residences are usually pretty nice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Limited, but Nice – At Williams, there isn't much beyond the campus, but there are a few apartments on Spring Street where seniors can live off-campus. These apartments are above the restaurants and stores on Spring Street, and are generally large, safe, and not ridiculously expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are very few off campus housing options, except some relatively expensive ones. However theschool's hosuing is more than adequate. it offers great neighborhoods, and accomodations. over all superb quality

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No one really lives off campus. It's WILLIAMSTOWN. Off campus housing consists of a couple of apartments on Spring St (above other businesses like Goff's) and a house or two on Hoxley Street.

Niche User

Off-Campus Housing: Few people live off campus because campus dorms are just fine. If you did live off campus, you would still be fairly close to the College, so it's not like you can isolate yourself.


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  • 1298th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Most students agree that living off campus is not really an option. Since Williams is a small school, there is plenty of housing available on campus. Williamstown is a small town, and there are not many places to stay, so the smallness of the town and the College make living on campus the most logical option.

However, some students do choose to live off campus, and they value their experiences. Off-campus housing is generally near campus, but rents can be pretty high. Many students enjoy the freedom of living on their own and getting to set their own rules. Williams' housing policy regarding off-campus housing is rather tough. The number of students permitted to live off campus is limited, as are the options.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Applications are due February 7. Begin looking before this date, but you do not have to have a place lined up to apply for off-campus housing.
Popular Areas
  • Main Street
  • Water Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $630
  • 2 BR: $730
  • 3 BR: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 36% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 45% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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