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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I personally don't live off campus but I have friends who do and say it's great but it's a bit of a hassle. Definitely worth it though.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: they cost less but the price to pay is distance from the campus

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I commute from New Jersey to Main Campus. Off-housing campus does not apply to me.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are lower cost affiliated apartments, as well as pretty cheap approved apartments.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: some areas are worse than others

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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
72%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$14,415
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 148 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 145 responses

  • 28% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 58% 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.
  • 3% 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 146 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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