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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options, but there needs to be more. So many students are getting married during college, but the town isn't keeping up with rental space. Property is very expensive and the cheap stuff is gross. It's all close to the school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few off campus places to live and they are very close by.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The town is small, so I am not familiar with what the options are for off-campus housing

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Dordt pretty much mandates everyone to live on campus, which has pros and cons. It would be cheaper to live off campus, and it would give you more personal freedom, but since everyone lives on campus, you always have your friends nearby to hang out with or people to visit.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not many students that choose to live off campus. There are apartments on campus for the upper classmen, so housing is well taken care of, unless you decide to get married while you are still in college.


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Living off campus is hardly an option. You can only live in off-campus housing if you are married, 22 years old, or live at home with your parents if you are a student from the local area. Those are the only loopholes to the rule. Most students end up living on campus all four years. However, quite a few houses and apartments are available to rent within the immediate area of the College campus, and the cost of rent is significantly lower than Dordt’s housing costs. The only problem is that very few students qualify to live off campus. Dordt has no housing for married students, so most of the students who do end up living off campus are married couples.

You pay more for the conveniences that Dordt provides, like wireless Internet and cable TV. Living off campus is cheaper, but then you have to worry about getting everything set up and paying a monthly bill. So between the housing rules and the convenience factor, almost all of the students live on campus their entire time at College.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start looking through local advertising newspapers in April or May, but if you don't want to pay rent over the summer, look for a place in July or August.
Popular Areas
A popular location for students to find houses or apartments is 7th Street Northeast because most of the places on this street are within walking distance from campus. All areas within a few blocks of the College are desirable renting places in that you're not completely cut off from campus life.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $350
  • 2 BR: $475
  • House: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 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 23 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 22% 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.
  • 39% 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 25 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 40% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 24% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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