Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Really your only shot at off-campus housing (if you don't live in your parent's house in Danville) is 5th street which is still very great but limited numbers and a little ways away from everything else on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Centre prides itself on being enormously residential, and doesn't like to let people move off-campus. That said, if you wrangle permission, the off-campus housing is pretty good. It's all close to campus, safe, and clean. There's a really good community of students even off-campus. Sometimes students say it's "sketchy," but that just means that there are Danville residents around sometimes. And they're not going to bother you.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of options. Not very nice. Not very easy

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not many people live off-campus. There are apartments owned by the college that are the most cost-efficient and reliable and have great proximity to the rest of campus. Other than that, off-campus housing is not worth the effort or money.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus, but if not, they live with relatives in Danville or on 5th street, which is about a 10 minute walk to the campus center. We're mostly encouraged to live in residence halls, which definitely cuts down on commute and fossil fuel use.


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Living off campus really only becomes a question for seniors, since Centre only allows a few off-campus slots. The exceptions to this are students who have either a medical condition or can live at home (your home has to be in or really close to Danville). The greatest benefit of living off campus is the money-saving aspect, but there are other perks as well: you have more freedom and more space. Living off campus really becomes a personal choice, because most students want to live on campus; students who do live off campus usually get a group of friends to try to sign up together.

Living off campus includes doing your own cooking and the walk (or drive, if you're feeling lazy) to and from your apartment, which can get old, especially in bad weather. Also, the quality of housing off campus can be questionable, and many of the student-rented apartments are in need of some repair. Oftentimes, this is just some paint or a good cleaning, but many apartments require elbow grease before they reach the level that Centre's on-campus apartments offer. Most parties are on campus, and getting all your friends to trek over (even a five-minute walk) can be exasperating. If living off campus is your dream desire, finding an apartment won't be hard, but working out the leases can be. Try finding the apartment you want to live in the summer before you return to school (when your housing status becomes available), or at least have the names of a couple of good places.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Fifth Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Grant Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $800
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 8% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 64% 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 25 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 28% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 32% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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