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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school does not really allow students to live off campus unless they have a specific reason to. So many students do not have the option of staying away from campus. I do not think that the school helps others find housing either.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know how I feel about off-campus housing, but it would be great if they had more parties.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Students aren't typically allowed to live off campus, but there are college owned houses that students can live in.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very cheap due to the surrounding area of Richmond Indiana, but usually requires a car or bike to get to campus. Most students live on campus because of this and also because the sense of community does not extend far beyond the campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty difficult to get off-campus housing. You must be a super-senior, married, over 21, have health reasons, and/or something similar. There are a few houses nearby that you can rent as well as some college owned apartments out back by the farm and equestrian center. If you want off-campus housing this isn't the school to go to. There are many on-campus housing options and it's a small school in a small city. If you do meet the requirements and are given off-campus housing, the options are really cheap and close enough to campus to walk.


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Take a deep breath and relax: No one's getting voted off the island—or kicked out of the bubble, as the case may be. As the housing crunch has worsened, people have found it increasingly easy to obtain campus housing exemptions which allow them to look for places to rent in the area. All in all, you will save some money and won't be forced to look too far from College Avenue or National Road West (Route 40). Students often use connections with friends who rented previously and get together to rent houses close to campus. Certain houses have become co-opted by Earlham students and have earned familiar nicknames like "345" and "Blue Shutters." There are virtually no one-bedroom apartments close to campus, and those looking strictly for apartments may want to consider their transportation situation and evaluate whether they are willing to have a longer commute to campus. Also, living off campus gives the over-21 crowd the freedom to drink legally, but puts you in reach of the often-cursed Richmond law enforcement. Having parties with underage drinking is serious business to the RPD.

Students generally find off-campus living appealing but not necessary. The decision to move off campus is best made once you've been living on campus for a while and have had a chance to figure out what really works for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before you leave school at the end of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Across from College Avenue
  • Across Route 40 (National Road West)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 16 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 16 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 0% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 31% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% 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 17 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 29% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 35% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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