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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is okay if you can find it.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Nothing that is close enough to walk.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so idk.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing has its perks, but can get annoying too. For example living off-campus can be good because you don't have to worry about making too much noise, you can eat whatever you want, and go wherever you want and you can come and go to the campus as you please. The struggle with off-campus housing is you have to wake up early in order to be on time for your classes. If you drive you have to pay for a parking pass. If you take public transportation it can get exhausting.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't really been through the off campus housing.

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Some students have complained that housing costs a little too much on campus and that they'd rather invest in an apartment, transportation back and forth from school, and pay bills for less than what the campus charges for room and board. Freshmen are expected to stay on campus during their first year. A majority of the students on campus moves off campus after their freshman year. 

There are many areas within and surrounding the city of Bowie where students can reside. From Laurel to Largo, Crofton to Bowie itself, these places are close enough to campus that you should be able to travel to campus in 20 minutes or less. Apartments vary according to the area and who is contracting the apartment. Most amenities are included. Higher-end apartments include all amenities with extra benefits. Simply put, off-campus living is the way to go.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
52%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
8%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,760
Best Time to Look for a Place
During the semester, you should begin your search for where you want to move off campus. This way, by the time you finish the semester, you can have a security deposit paid.
Popular Areas
  • Crofton
  • Largo
  • Laurel, because it's close to the campus without major traffic
  • Riverdale
  • The Bowie area due to the convenience
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,500
Did You Know?
Out of 5,200 students at Bowie State University, roughly 1,200 students stay on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 55 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 58 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 12% 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 60 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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