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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus but everyone who does seems very pleased with it. It can be cheaper if you find the right house/apartment and you don't have to deal with RA/RD's.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of spots off campus that are great to live in. They have more parking and there really arent any rules when it comes to guests.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and have for two years and I love it. It is so much cheaper than on-campus! Apartments above the bar/ pizza place are super nice. Houses are ok, but you have to look early to get a nice one

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some lovely apartments for rent

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is limited and the only way to do it is with other people so it is like living on campus except it is better because I will have a kitchen and can stop wasting my money on the school food.


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Most upperclassmen prefer to live off campus. All of the traditional college houses are old Victorians that have been thoroughly lived in but poorly kept. Be warned, however: Anyone residing in one of these is expected to throw good parties. However, with the housing policy continuing to change, that means that off-campus housing is not as possible as it used to be. Students are expected to live on campus for three years. 

Once you're a senior, renting an apartment off campus is another option in addition to campus houses. There are apartments above the stores on Main Street and a development that feels a lot like a dorm. There are also condominium-like structures about a mile off campus. All of these options are a bit more expensive, but certainly newer and less likely to collapse. No matter where you choose to live in Alfred, the good news is that it's all very affordable and very close. 

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
  • Main Street
  • North Main Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 34 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 33 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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