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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The vast majority of people live on campus. Off-campus housing is generally nicer than on-campus housing, but on weekends it's not worth it to have to wait forever for a cab home. In addition, there isn't a great relationship between the school and area police, so people off-campus have to be very careful about getting in trouble with the law, especially if there is underage drinking. Generally only seniors and some juniors choose to live off-campus. However, there are senior apartments on the edge of campus that are a much more popular option.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus houses are few and far between. Only about 200 students live off campus

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's something that really is not advised. It's hard to do things on campus because you need a car and it's impossible to go to an on-campus party. It's generally not easy and most people don't do it.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Waterville isn't exactly a fabulous city and is not economically stable to offer good rates.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: most students live in campus


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Colby students tend to live on campus, and most people—especially underclassmen—see off-campus living as a party scene, and that’s about it. Another thing to note is that off-campus housing here is unique. There aren’t traditional apartments; instead, houses are rented year after year by Colby students. Off-campus housing is included in the housing lottery at the end of the year, but it’s rare that sophomores qualify to live off campus. Typically, only a few seniors actually rent houses, although there’s been an increasing trend in past years. Basically only students who feel trapped on campus or who want a break from the rules and security will move into houses their senior year. They can remain on a meal plan, receiving 100 meals per semester, but other than that, the school offers little support or guidance. Students who qualify for off-campus housing get a list of contacts but are pretty much on their own beyond that. Houses can be old or new and close to campus or far.

Off-campus housing is an enigmatic part of Colby College life. Everyone, even freshmen, head to off-campus houses for parties, but only the seniors who live off campus really know what it’s like. The school does not really publicize this alternate living option, and those who want to escape campus life typically prefer on-campus alternatives, like the senior apartments or the Co-op.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
One semester before you want to move off campus.
Popular Areas
  • On the lakes
  • Residential areas of Waterville
Average Rents
House: $700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 36 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 17% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 44% 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 34 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 41% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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