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Off-Campus Housing

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I love off-campus. Its so much cheaper and much less strict! Do it if you can!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of places to live off campus, and the pricing isn't that bad at all. Also, since the town of Elon is pretty much just Elon students, it's very safe, and housing is generally still pretty close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had to chance to live off campus

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is extremely popular for juniors and seniors. I live off campus now and love it. Almost all off-campus housing is within a 5-10 minute walk of classes and is much cheaper than on-campus housing. There are a lot of options ranging from apartments with varying numbers of rooms and houses large and small. Essentially the entire town of Elon is students living off campus so all your neighbors will be students and it is extremely safe.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm living in a off campus house next year and it's been a great process.

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All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they get special permission from the school to live with their parents, relatives, or spouse. There are special exceptions (i.e. dietary concerns that require having a kitchen) for some students, but these are fairly rare; students are strongly encouraged to remain on campus until after their sophomore year. Junior and senior housing is available based on the amount of space. There are still some juniors and seniors who live on campus and do not mind dorm life at all. Some prefer to live close because of sports, jobs, or other commitments. It's all about preference.

Many may prefer to live off campus simply because you can have your own kitchen, your own living space, and an actual address, and are not always under the supervision of a RA or Head Resident. There are lots of nice apartment complexes within about 10-minutes drive from the University, and from talk amongst students who live there the landlords are "pretty cool." These landlords understand that their tenants are college students and are more lenient than the average landlord, so long as the students stay in legal boundaries. Usually there are never any problems with noise or parties at these apartments. When students are ready to move out of a dorm, and into their own place, Residence Life is there to help find good deals in local housing. Much of what you can find is located conveniently close to the University; there are even locations in Burlington and Gibsonville that are also close, but still get you out of the general Elon area. With all the options and affordable prices, plus the help of Residence Life, off-campus housing is not a difficult thing to plan. You just have to stay informed about when to look and lease.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
42%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,897
Best Time to Look for a Place
December-February; options are limited anytime after.
Popular Areas
  • Oak Hill
  • Sheridan
  • West End Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $375
  • 2 BR: $625
  • 4 BR: $825

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 78 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 76 responses

  • 34% 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.
  • 7% 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 78 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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