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Off-Campus Housing

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There aren't any close safe off-campus housing choices.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure, I can't live off until junior year.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived outside of campus, but I have heard great things.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Around junior year when the school allows you to live off campus, most students will live in the Monroe apartments, which are very high quality for the price. Its honestly like an apartment a fairly rich person would live in, but for a cheaper price and full of CUA kids. A lot of upper class man will throw parties in the apartments, but they're very exclusive. The houses in Brookland include a variety of crap houses and nice houses.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I enjoy my off-campus living situation. I feel safe most of the time!

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The Brookland neighborhood is not the prettiest, and therefore, does not have the prettiest houses, but it's not the ugliest area, either. Most students residing off campus are more than satisfied with their living conditions. Also, the apartments are generally nice and spacious inside. But at this point, students are just looking forward to the autonomy and freedom associated with living off campus, which after at least two years of living with residential assistants and abiding by "quiet hours" and no liquor rules is a breath of fresh air.

But students renting homes along campus beware: The University exercises power over students by putting "problem houses" on probation, and if neighbors complain about late-night partying and undesirable behavior, the University will take action. It hardly seems fair, but rules are rules, right? But even with that seemingly intrusive practice, the University is pretty helpful to students who need housing by hosting off-campus housing fairs and providing search tools for students. And really, if worse comes to worse, D.C. is a big enough city for someone to find a decently priced, decently equipped apartment.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
41%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
13%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$14,326
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start looking during the fall semester of sophomore year, to prep up a good Plan B should their lottery number be too low for housing selection in the spring.
Popular Areas
  • Brookland neighborhood houses
  • The Cloisters apartment complex
  • The Towers, an apartment community in Hyattsville, Maryland
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • 3 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 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 47 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 30% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 46 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 41% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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