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Off-Campus Housing


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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Only a minority of students chose off-campus living. The most viable options for off-campus living are 10-15 min away (or more during high traffic hours). I would recommend staying on-campus all 4 hours.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing of campus is fairly expensive and you run the risk of traffic.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i'm going to do it next year if that counts for anything

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of students love on campus because it is more convenient.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is not really encouraged and is not a common occurrence. The pros are that you get to live in the midst of a beautiful city with an up and coming downtown. The cons are that you are very removed from goings on on campus. The prices for off campus apartments are pretty reasonable as far as I know.


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Most students never have to consider moving off campus, unless they find a cheaper option than the dorms; therefore, the number of off-campus students is very small in comparison to those who live on campus. The neighborhoods around the school are residential, but most of the places to live are family homes which are not really available for rent or conducive to college living. With the exception of one apartment complex right next to the school, which was recently purchased by the school and now known as the Hilltop Village Apartments, there are very few apartment complexes near campus. Also, due to the issue of safety, very few students consider living outside of the gates. Those students that live off campus live in other parts of the city, such as Southside, Homewood, Hoover, or Vestavia. There are tons of apartments in Birmingham; the catch is that they are all a fairly decent drive from campus. Traffic through the city is notoriously bad during rush hour, so commuter students are often at a disadvantage. If you're simply not interested in living in a dorm, then there are a few other options to consider before looking for a place off campus. There are student apartments that are owned by the school and are within the gates so that they receive excellent security. If you end up being involved with a Greek organization, each fraternity and sorority has its own house that upperclassmen can live in. By and large, it is the most convenient option to live on campus at Birmingham-Southern.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before first semester
Popular Areas
Cameron at the Summit
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $850
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 12 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 15 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 20% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 47% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 33% 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 14 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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