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Off-Campus Housing


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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about the off-campus housing

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper than on campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending of where off campus and who you are trying to live with.

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Off-Campus Housing: Who would want to live in Sherman?

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is reserved for seniors. As otherclassmen, you can live in school provided housing that isn't dorm-style living. You can find a place to live without too much problem, and the school makes the housing process easy.


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All AC students are required to live on campus for six semesters (four semesters for transfer students), so by the time their senior year rolls around, most students are champing at the bit to get the chance to live off campus. It is exciting to venture out of the bubble of Austin College. Though on campus housing does come with the benefits of meals and cleaning services, most students agree that escaping the Residence Life staff and gaining some personal freedom is much needed after being under the watchful eye of the college for three years. It is possible that living off campus can even save you money; it just depends on where you choose to set up house. Either way, the freedom of it all makes it all worth it.

AC is in the midst of residential neighborhoods that have countless houses to rent, beging for student use, and since students can only live off campus their last year, there is constant turnover in the rental market. There are a few duplexes within a block of campus, and most other options, including affordable duplexes and houses that are rented by students every year, are within three or four blocks of the school. Most of the students who live in these neighborhoods walk to class. Students who live in some of the apartment buildings further off campus have to drive to campus. Many students visit their friends off campus and end up renting their houses when they move out. The quality of off-campus housing depends greatly on who lived there before you. Other than a few houses and duplexes used as party houses, many of the rental duplexes are new or freshly renovated. There are many houses that don’t look like much from the outside but are great inside, and if you're lucky, you might get a landlord who is an AC graduate or an AC professor who will give you a great rate.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The majority of students start looking in the spring semester of their junior year. The later you wait in the year, the harder it is to find a place with reasonable rent.
Popular Areas
Most students who rent live in the neighborhood surrounding College property in duplexes and houses. The most popular communities of rental housing are to the east of campus on Brents or Harrison. Some students live farther south of campus on or near Mulberry, while the school-owned houses are north of campus on Dorchester.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR house: $900
Did You Know?
  • Many students rent houses or duplexes that their friends have lived in previously. They visit them when they live off campus, and take over when their friends move out.
  • You can get special summer rates on duplexes and houses if you are staying in Sherman over the summer.

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 45 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 53% 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.
  • 4% 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 49 responses

  • 0% Extremely helpful.
  • 31% Somewhat helpful.
  • 63% Not very helpful.
  • 6% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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