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Off-Campus Housing


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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Definitely better than on-campus housing if you are willing to brave the winter on the way to class. The freedom is worth it for sure.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although I've never lived off-campus, plenty of my friends have apartments off-campus. The rooms are ok, but they are basically dorms off-campus with more freedom. Same quality (perhaps slightly depending on the place).

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is costly and competitive, which is ironic given the extremely low quality of options available. Landlords range from inaccessible to crazy, and most apartments are small, dirty, and expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you search long enough, you'll always get your dream home just next to the campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not many students live off campus but if you want to there are a variety of options. Can be a bit expensive but still cheaper than the dorms most of the time. Not too hard to find. There are lots of houses that are passed down between students but they can be somewhat run down. If you want to pay more there are nicer options. All within walking distance of campus.


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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.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Generally a year in advance
Popular Areas
  • Lebanon Street
  • School Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 41 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 42 responses

  • 2% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 33% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 38% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 26% 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 41 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 32% Somewhat helpful.
  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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