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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of choices, so hard to get in to

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There's very little off-campus housing to go round, and it isn't worth the hassle of obtaining much less maintaining.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure, I have only lived on campus.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is not allowed until senior year for most students. the only exceptions are those who live at home and commute and people with special living requirements (both cases have to be approved by the school and often times are not)

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most convenient, can be cheaper, more freedom.

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If you’re imagining college life in your own apartment, then Cornell is not the place for you. Students are required to live on campus unless they win a slot in the senior lottery or have special circumstances, including being married or having children.

For those students who do live off campus, the selection of housing available is slim pickings, particularly since the Cedar Rapids flood in 2008. You definitely get what you pay for, and the cheaper places tend to be older, less clean and have landlords who don’t care as much about their tenants. However, compared to rent in a city, prices in small-town Iowa are definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum. Most places are within walking distance, which is good because parking along the street or in visitors’ lots is limited.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you are approved to live off campus, the best time to start looking is the previous spring before you want to move in. A lot of landlords use current tenants to find renters for the following year, so get in good with friends who have apartments in town.
Popular Areas
The closer to campus, the better-because parking for students who live off campus is extremely limited, and it's too cold to walk very far in the winter.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $325
  • 2 BR: $500
  • 3-4 BR (house): $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 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 43 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 23% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 35% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 33% 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 43 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 26% Somewhat helpful.
  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 28% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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