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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know too much about it, but off-campus housing can be a lot cheeper. However, spots and even apartments start to fill up really quickly, and its a huge hassle to find a place to live right in the thick of school. Any neighborhood in DC or on the lines is going to be higher than the national average anyway, so you will most likely need roommates. Most people staying in Tenley or otherwise nearby are in a pretty safe neighborhood, so that's not really a concern, but there is almost zero parking and few amenities.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is great if you can get it or afford it

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Decent options but very pricey.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options around campus, but campus is unfortunately located in the most expensive area in DC to live in, so the farther you go from campus the cheaper, more variety, and closer to shops the housing becomes.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people do it but I wouldn't do it even in my wildest dreams.


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The two most popular places for students to live off campus include the Berkshire Apartments (Berks) and the Avalon at Foxhall apartments.

The Berks actually have a partnership with AU, where a certain number of units are available to students directly through the AU Housing and Dining Program. While it is not required to rent a Berk apartment through AU, it is much more reasonable than renting it directly from the Berks. The Avalon is more expensive than the Berks, and fewer AU students live here compared to the Berks.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least two months in advance-though the best apartment buildings fill up fast.
Popular Areas
  • Avalon at Foxhall
  • Berkshire Apartments
  • Friendship Heights
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 108 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 107 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% 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.
  • 1% 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 108 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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