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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is a considerable amount of off-campus housing located very quickly to campus. It's not new, but it's clean and well maintained.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is tough getting any type of reasonable normal housing. It feels like everything is really nice or really bad. No middle ground.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off Campus housing is good. Closer to Campus is more expensive and not as nice, further from campus is better quality and less expensive, however, you are not close to campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It all depends on how far off-campus you are willing to go. Married off-campus housing that is close to campus is very expensive for a little shoebox. But, move 5 miles away or more from campus and you can find places twice the size for the same price. Singles, off-campus housing can be pretty good, but can be quite expensive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing has kind of a monopoly here and so the prices really are not that great. Especially if you are looking for married housing or....anything really nice. I did have some apartments I really did not like, were bad quality and had terrible management. But most were okay.


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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
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 278 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 273 responses

  • 48% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% 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 276 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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