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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very few people live off campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not really available unless you go into providence which can be pricey.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus so I wouldn't know about this topic. But Smithfield is a very safe town.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Are there even apartments near Bryant?

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Do not know much about off-campus housing.


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The large majority of Bryant students lives on campus. Commuters are mostly students who live in Rhode Island already and decided to commute rather than pay for on-campus housing. The number of students who come from other states/countries and live off campus is very small, largely due to the difficulty of finding off-campus housing that isn't too far from campus or too expensive. In addition, most students really enjoy living on campus due to the sense of community it provides. For those out-of-state/country students who do decide to live off campus, finding housing can be challenging. Being close to Providence can be pricey, often costing more than Bryant housing (and adding to commuting times). Yet there is little availability of off-campus housing in the surrounding area. Most students go about the housing search by checking online listings, visiting apartments in the areas they are considering, or checking Craigslist. The Office of Residence Life will also provide students with information to help any students who are looking at living off campus. Due to the location of Bryant, partying off campus is pretty much unheard of. Everyone likes to stay close and not worry about finding a designated driver, or a taxi service. The main exception to this is that some students party at friends' houses or apartments in Providence after clubs close at 1 or 2 a.m., then stay there overnight or take a cab back to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a place off campus is the spring or summer. The Office of Residence Life will provide information to students seeking off-campus housing.
Popular Areas
Students typically look for housing in Smithfield, Lincoln, and North Providence. Apartments in these towns are closest to campus and offer cheaper pricing than Providence. Bryant students also have competition finding off-campus housing with students from Brown University, Providence College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $900
Did You Know?
Due to the relatively high housing costs in Rhode Island, students often look for more reasonable off-campus housing options on Craigslist.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 62 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 63 responses

  • 2% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 11% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% 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 63 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 19% Somewhat helpful.
  • 73% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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