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Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus. It would probably be cheaper for the student to live off-campus, but the college owns most of the houses in the area. The college has strict policies on living off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not allowed to live off campus and options are limited

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to get off-campus housing. You either have to be cleared for commuter status or be a senior. It's a hassle and easier to try to get an on-campus house. The quality of off-campus housing is okay. There isn't much variety as it's a very small and slightly run-down town.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I really don't know. Most parties happen at the off campus housing units, but I still live in the dorms so I don't know much

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off campus housing options available, but most do all look similar, just different colors. The quality isn't the greatest of them, but that's because the landlords don't try to keep them up since it is college students living in them, and mainly throw a lot of parties which can destroy a house. So it is mainly up to the students to keep up their houses. For being off campus houses they are fairly close to campus, but it is also a small campus which I think helps. Depending on your landlord, your cost for rent will vary. Parking is a pain because you have to pay a parking fee to the school in order to use your own driveway.

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While students have dealt with a three-year residency requirement during the past couple of years, prospective students thinking about attending Allegheny will possibly be looking at a four-year residency requirement due to Allegheny's goal of having 90 percent of students living on campus. Despite this plan, housing is everywhere in Meadville. It’s impossible to walk down a street without seeing house after house turned into apartments. Off-campus housing is also cheaper and more flexible than campus housing. You get what you pay for. Most students prefer the extra freedom and want to try out the experience of paying a landlord and cooking their own food.

If you ask the school, they will tell you the residency requirement will foster a greater sense of community. If you ask the students about the residency requirement, they will tell you that the school just wants money. Either way, off-campus housing is plentiful, with an incredible array of places to choose from.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
22%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
2%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,420
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Baldwin Street
  • Loomis Street
  • North Main Street
  • Park Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $410
  • 2 BR: $520

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 47 responses

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  • 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 48 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 35% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 27% 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 48 responses

  • 2% Extremely helpful.
  • 21% Somewhat helpful.
  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 25% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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