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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most people prefer to live on campus because the atmosphere is just so great. The apartments that Bowdoin has are nice, but I'd say most people stay on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available and some students prefer it, but living in college-owned housing is by and large the standard. The variety of housing options is plenty.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice off campus housing, though most students choose to live on campus. Off campus housing is not far and is usually reasonably priced. Usually very spacious as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing for students is easily within a 5 minute walk of campus, if not closer.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Why live off campus when the on-campus housing is so excellent? There are several houses off-campus dominated by specific sports teams where they hold their parties in a probably the closest thing to frats that Bowdoin has.


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To encourage a close relationship between everyone, Bowdoin requires that students live on campus for at least the first two years of college. After that, the College doesn't especially promote that students live off campus, but students can conduct their own off-campus housing search via Craigslist, the local newspaper, or bulletin boards throughout campus. Apartments and houses can be found anywhere from right down the street to 20 minutes away in Bath. Students who live off campus often feel the need to have their own car for getting to and from school, but some nice locations and streets are directly connected to Maine Street and within walking and biking distance.

Living off campus gives students an increased sense of independence and a chance to become more immersed in the community. Often, students live together to share the rent of an apartment, which results in cheaper housing costs per person. Also, student who live off campus have the option of getting partial meal plans and Polar Points to be used at on-campus dining facilities. In general, although there are many on-campus housing options and living on campus is encouraged to foster the idea of a "residential college," there are very pleasant options for living outside of the Bowdoin Bubble, if a student chooses.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Any time after your first two years on campus (when you're required to live on campus).
Popular Areas
On streets perpendicular to Maine Street, close to campus.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $885
  • 3 BR: $950
Did You Know?
One advantage of off-campus housing is that some places allow dogs or cats, a privilege not afforded to students living on campus. Keep in mind, though, that a Bowdoin student's schedule isn't exactly conducive to leisurely walks in the park with a pooch.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 42 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 42 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 29% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 36% 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 42 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 26% Somewhat helpful.
  • 60% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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