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.