Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty accessible and reasonably near transportation and campus, but it is often too expensive for what it offers (namely, the ever-popular Birkshire apartments).

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is different depending on where you live.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: DC is one of the most expensive cities to live in so off campus housing isn't that much cheaper than on campus housing. There are lots of apartments that are right down the street so it's nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Berks and Avalon are most common. Watch out for the roaches in the Berks, and watch out for the tools in the Av.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know a lot of people off-campus and they like it a lot because its cheaper than the college housing and you have your own place.


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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 137 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 137 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% 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.
  • 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 138 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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