Off-Campus Housing

Cincinnati, OH
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's okay, I don't live off campus because is too expensive for me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Houses in Norwood are starting to get a little run-down but once the new apartments go up, this rating probably will too.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus the past two years and the houses weren't great, but it was nice to not have an RA and quiet hour restrictions.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding community of Norwood is a little sketchy, but the houses are quaint and nice. They tend to be cheaper than living on campus too, and they are fairly close.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is plentiful and accessible in the local area


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Michelle Rosmarin
Columbus, Ohio
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With several on-campus options for upperclassmen, many juniors and seniors choose to stay on campus. However, many students at X want the freedom of their own place after serving time in the dorms. There are plenty of apartments and houses close to campus that are available for students to rent, and there are even a few that the University owns. In many respects, living off campus is cheaper, especially if you don’t purchase a meal plan. Some of the problems that come up are that many of the streets and neighborhoods surrounding campus are not nearly as safe as the campus itself. Chances are, if you ask anyone who has moved off campus, they’ll probably tell you that they enjoyed having a place to call their own once they got settled in and figured out how to adjust from the sheltered dorm life. Of course, don’t expect the cleaning lady to come to your off-campus abode every Thursday with a bottle of Lysol and a fresh batch of toilet paper.

While there are a multitude of places to look for an apartment, the choices aren’t always the best. Oftentimes, students find themselves in older apartments that are a far cry from the plush dorms they are used to at Xavier. With the size of the student body outgrowing the number of on-campus apartments XU offers, more and more juniors, seniors, and even sophomores are finding themselves living on their own. The main problem with off-campus housing at Xavier is value. In other words, you don’t always get what you pay for. In the long-run, the price between on-campus and off-campus housing (meal plans excluded) is about the same, so if you are just looking for a place to crash, staying on campus may not be a bad solution.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early in the year, around October and November, before the second semester housing rush
Popular Areas
  • Cleaney Avenue
  • Dana Avenue
  • Hudson Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $530
  • 2 BR: $715
  • House: $1,386
  • Studio: $390

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 39 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 39 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% 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 39 responses

  • 23% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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