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.