While many students live off campus for a term or two, especially during Sophomore Summer, there’s no mass exodus from the dorms come junior fall like at many other schools. The choices in off-campus housing are limited—students can take their pick of one of the many small apartments adjacent to campus or a rental home somewhere in residential Hanover. Most off-campus living situations are within walking distance of campus, although in the dead of winter it might be a good idea to have your car deiced and ready for the morning commute to class.
Off-campus housing varies widely in terms of price and quality. In many cases, you’ll be lucky to find anything on the open market that closely rivals the package deal—value, convenience, and amenities—you get living on campus. Plus, campus enforcement policies on things like room parties and pregaming is just lax enough that you’ll probably be able to squeak by under the radar until you turn 21. But, more than anything else, it’s a desire for a more independent, adult-like lifestyle that ultimately motivates students to seek off-campus housing for their senior year. For many students, the main appeal of off-campus housing is the chance to spend quality time with close friends in a more intimate setting after true friendships have been firmly established and the campus social scene has lost some of its meretricious luster.