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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is average. Be careful not to live anywhere too far from the Baylor bubble.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus, but I did look for off-campus housing recently and it's pretty great. There are a ton of places nearby and most of them have a shuttle. The prices are reasonable, and can actually be a little cheaper than on-campus housing. You have to pay for parking at some places, at others it is included in the rent. I don't know if Baylor helps students find off-campus housing or not, because you can mostly get help through friends or upperclassmen. Off-campus housing is (usually) pretty safe.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options for off campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although I am not living off campus next semester, I have heard many stories from my friends who are, and they seemed to have a smooth transition from on campus to off. The prices seem a bit unreasonable sometimes, especially at the view or LL Sams.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartment complexes that are close to the school are pretty expensive.


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Moving off campus is not much more expensive. In some cases it’s actually cheaper depending on where you live. It can provide more space, a full kitchen, private bathrooms, no chaperoning, and total freedom concerning company. Living off campus at Baylor is part of the college experience. Baylor’s on-campus housing isn’t that bad, but the majority of students complete their requisite freshman year there and split for the surrounding apartments. It’s not hard to find something acceptable; in fact, the majority of the apartments near campus have revamped their services and are now affordable and nice.

All the apartments around campus are, at most, a few blocks more to walk than living in the dorms. A new parking garage was constructed right in the middle of all the off-campus housing as Baylor continues to gobble up the land surrounding campus. Housing isn’t hard to find, though Waco has a lot of “slum lords.” If you want to live really cheap, and don’t mind a short commute (ten to fifteen minutes), then you can live outside the streets closest to campus (i.e., the Baylor bubble). The rents are cheaper, but as Waco's safety and environment can be questionable, so most students opt to stay in the Baylor Bubble. The best part about a student body that almost lives entirely off campus is that no matter where you live, you’re bound to be surrounded by other students. Complexes such as the Outpost, University Parks, Baylor Plaza, and the new, fully furnished complex known as the Grove are notorious for housing almost nothing but students, so it’s not that different from living in the dorms—you just won’t have a camp counselor or have to share your bathroom with fifty other people.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early spring semester
Popular Areas
  • 19 Eleven Condos
  • Baylor Plaza II
  • Behrens Lofts
  • Casa Linda
  • Casablanca
  • Quadrangle
  • River Crest
  • Studio 20
  • The Centre
  • University Place
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $700
  • Studio: $400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 234 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 240 responses

  • 35% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 3% 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 235 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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