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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's great whatever you choose (on or off).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some cute apartments downtown, nice places to throw parties or just chill, however I've heard getting a place to live off campus can be pretty stressful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know a few people who signed for their senior-year off-campus housing as Sophomores, so it can get a bit competitive. Things are complicated by the fact that, due to an agreement with the town, only a handful of seniors are allowed to live off campus. This is part of the lottery system. If you don't get permission to live off campus, and you already signed for a place, you could get stuck and have to pay for both. The hassle and risk is not worth it for me, so I'll be staying on campus all four years.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know. I haven't heard of anyone living in non-Colgate housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not moved off campus yet but I have visited people who live off campus and thier places are all very nice. The apartments downtown are probably my favorites. The apartments elsewhere are a little dingy, and the townhouses are very nice.

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For starters, Colgate guarantees its students four years of housing on campus; it also requires two-thirds of the graduating class to live in on-campus houses. This gets tricky because in addition to your standard residence halls, Colgate owns and maintains nine Greek houses and numerous special-interest houses, including the Positive Sexuality House, the outdoor interest house (the Loj), and a wellness house, among others. So when it comes to off-campus housing, it mainly consists of the senior class being given permission through the off-campus lottery to live in a community-member-owned apartment or house. Students are fairly divided on the benefits of off-campus housing, mostly because Colgate provides both a number of on-campus options and significant obstructions to living off campus if you’re not among the students selected in the lottery.

The benefit to living off campus lies with the freedom gained from Campus Safety’s walk-throughs and more or less lying outside of Colgate’s jurisdiction. And while the downtown apartments are closer to downtown, you trade parking for this proximity—there is far less of it available off campus. There is a limited number of rentals available, and most students begin looking and signing leases during the first semester of sophomore year. While the jury is out on the benefits of off-campus housing, those who end up taking the plunge are typically glad they did.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
9%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students start signing leases during their sophomore year on campus, but make sure you get a refundable deposit or you may be out a significant chunk of change when the off-campus lottery rolls around junior year.
Popular Areas
  • Apartments downtown above local merchants
  • Lebanon Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $575
  • 2 BR: $880
Did You Know?
Many apartments and houses are passed down year to year among fraternity and sorority members, so ask around to see if you can get a lock on a property.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 62 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 61 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 43% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 31% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 16% 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 60 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 7% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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