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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I will be using the off-campus housing for the first time this year. It fills up pretty quickly, but I haven't been so involved in the selection process. There is a pretty good variety of price ranges and options though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love the off-campus housing! It is so much fun and very well priced!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: way better than the dorms, and worth a little extra walking time

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Costs are pretty high but again I'm not sure how they rate to other places. Living conditions are alright and I figure it just kind of comes with being a college student. You have to start looking quickly because they do get taken pretty fast. Again it just depends on the place but you can find a decent one.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find something comparable to the on-campus dorms.

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It is required that all unmarried BYU students live in BYU-approved housing and abide by University housing rules (although there are exceptions granted for those living with family, students over 25, and graduate students). This means that your choices for housing are limited to what BYU deems okay. Not to worry, though—most of the housing in Provo is BYU-approved. Off-campus housing is known for being very social and usually a lot of fun. You get what you pay for; if you want cheap rent, don’t expect to live in a palace. Because BYU students have to live in approved housing, landlords tend to raise the rent each year, knowing that the housing will be filled.

Be sure to research a place thoroughly before you move in. Talk to people that have lived there: do they like it? Is the management good? How is maintenance done? There is also an Off-Campus Housing Office that can tell you where housing is available. They also can step in to help resolve disputes, should any arise. The housing varies so widely that it is difficult to put just one grade on it. Some is so trashy it seems that they should pay you to live there, and some is not bad at all. This is just one area where you definitely want to do your homework before making any decisions.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
80%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,250
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early in the year. Around February or March if you're female, later if you're male.
Popular Areas
  • Condo Row
  • Liberty Park
  • Other big complexes like Riviera or Liberty Square
Average Rents
  • 2 BR: $625
  • 3 BR: $850
Did You Know?
  • BYU requires students living off campus to live by the BYU residential living standards. The University has a list of the following guidelines for students who live off campus: (1) Visitors of the opposite sex are only allowed in the living room and kitchen and are not allowed to use the bathroom; (2) Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 12 midnight, or 1:30 a.m. on Fridays; (3) Students must abide by the BYU Honor Code; (4) Students are expected to follow the dress code; (5) Students are responsible for keeping their guests to these guidelines.
  • BYU has approved 1,565 landlords and 5,785 living units for single students, and the University will inspect off-campus housing units for compliance upon request.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 348 responses

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  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 334 responses

  • 44% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 54% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 1% 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 337 responses

  • 42% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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