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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very hard to get off-campus housing. Even if you do get off-campus you must pay for on-campus as well, making it completely not worth the money.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only seniors are eligible for off campus housing and it seems like there aren't a lot of options

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some off campus housing is pretty good.

Some of it is bad from what I've seen

I'm unsure of the prices because I haven't looked.

So it all depends on where, and the quality of the housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: college has some good options

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: OK but i would rather live closer to the college, more involve on campus


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Students who wish to move off campus must apply to Campus Life during their junior year at Dickinson. It is a completely random selection process, and approximately 150 seniors live off campus each year. Dickinsonians chosen to live off campus are required to attend a seminar about productive neighborhood living in an effort to maintain a positive relationship between students living in the community and Carlisle residents.

Off-campus residences vary, just like the dorms. It’s a matter of personal preference, and the more you are willing to pay and the earlier you begin to look, the better place you will find to live.Most students who live off campus say they like it because they see it as a cheaper option than living in the dorms. Additionally, a lot of students like to live off campus because of the privacy it allows. Since students who live off campus are seniors and legally allowed to drink, they want to be able to have people over to party; living on campus, there is much larger chance of getting caught, and kegs are not permitted in any Dickinson-owned housing. Off-campus housing option also allows seniors to get closer to the real world and prepare for life after college.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
After you have been approved to live off campus-don't sign a lease until you're sure!
Popular Areas
  • College Street (by the train tracks)
  • High Street
  • North Street
  • Pomfret Street
  • South Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $400
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 4 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 27 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 26% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 52% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 19% 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 26 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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