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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a database website which is really helpful. You can find some nice inexpensive places on there. Its best to use the website first since off-campus housing has to be approved else you get fined.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the off-campus housing is spread out through West Philadelphia, but still close to campus. The farthest I've seen is 45th street (campus ends at 36th).

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I own a home outside of the city, this is not applicable to me

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It is perfect for the new student just leaving off campus housing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros - the freedom, price, space, noise level and accessibility to campus is still great living off campus.

Cons- watch your back if you live too far fr campus because certain neighborhoods are questionnable.


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University City has a wealth of houses and apartments for rent. The Powelton area alone is full of real estate. Be careful of shady landlords there, though. At times, they will try to take advantage of students that aren't real estate-savvy. Students should be wary of these types. The off-campus housing office gives out pamphlets with help on this subject. Sleazy landlords aside, there are some nice places in the area. With a bunch of roommates, students can move into a big, old house that has hardwood floors and fireplaces, or get an apartment in a high-rise or a section of a house. Apartments in high-rises like Chestnut Hall, the Left Bank, and Campus Apartments tend to be very expensive, though.

The quantity of students in University City can be a double-edged sword. While there are many students all looking for cheap, off-campus housing, there are also many students willing to sublet their apartments while studying abroad. Students must keep in mind that they should start the apartment hunt early. They should start looking in the winter before the academic year in which they want to move. The office of off-campus housing can be a big help with this.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Powelton Village
  • The Courts
  • University Crossings
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • House: $2,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 133 responses

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  • 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 132 responses

  • 30% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 131 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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