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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They dont let us live off-campus anymore. Administration got rid of some of the best nights from Conn.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school pretty much does not allow off-campus housing. The few students who live off-campus live with their families. There are very few places near campus that are available for rent anyway.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school does not allow off campus housing. This provides a restricted social scene where RA's baby you all four years in dorms and treat you like a child. The RA's will go out of their way to make sure you are not drinking or being too loud and if you are will make sure to report you to a dean. This is the case with the independent living houses as well. These are apartments across the street from the college that the school touts as "independent living" however RA's still frequently check up on you.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few college-owned apartments that are kind of off-campus, but they're not considered off=campus living. Other than that, students are now not allowed to live off campus starting this coming year.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing selection is literally nonexistent, beginning next year. Students will not be allowed to live in their own housing, and have to either live in a dormitory or campus provided housing. This is largely a factor of so many students transferring out, and so many students trying to go abroad. The schools has had trouble filling rooms, so is now restricting any students from living in off campus housing.


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Connecticut College is definitely not a commuter school. With guaranteed housing for four years and good odds of getting a single after freshman year, very few even consider hunting through the Classifieds. Social life really revolves around on-campus events, and there are meetings, sporting events, and lectures at all different times of the day. It would be difficult for a student to be very involved in campus life while living off campus. The urge to stay on campus is reinforced by the fact the immediate area of New London offers no great housing options, and can be a dangerous area to live.

On the whole, students are content with living on campus, but there are a few choices for those who decide to opt out. Groups of friends sometimes rent (and get a good deal on) summer houses in vacation areas like Stonington. Another alternative is the River Ridge Apartments, which are apartment style dorms technically on Conn's campus,
but set far enough that they don't feel like they are part of the school. River Ridge strikes a nice balance between on
and off campus living, but for students who really don't want to live on campus-they will feel like a kid: Playskool "My
First Apartment."

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Norwich
  • Stonington
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $775
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • Studio: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 18 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 19 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 0% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% 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 18 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 39% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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