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Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's Fitchburg, aka the "dirty burg," there are crack heads walking around everywhere right of campus. There are alot of apartments very close to campus but they're ghetto and some are really gross. Again, It's Fitchburg, so people are robbed there are shootings, the campus itself is pretty safe and I'm not scared driving around Fitchburg but it does happen and there are some areas you should avoid.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's safe and fairly near to school

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of reasonable off campus living available

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: i live at home. and the school is down the street

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Most students live in the neighboring streets of Highland, Cedar, Murtle and Pearl. These streets are directly across from the main campus and are only a 5- to 10-minute walk to the main academic buildings. It is roughly a 15- to 20-minute walk to McKay Campus School. Living off campus, even in this vacinity, does register these students as commuters, not residents, in the school system. Many students find available apartments on their own and rent them out with groups of friends. Many of the apartments just off campus have signs on their buildings with all the information you would need to contact the landlord. However, there are listings in the local newspapers and on Craigslist and other online sources.

The apartments tend to be what you make of them. If you keep your doors locked and are very careful about who you room with, you shouldn't run into too many problems with the locals. It is highly recommended that you read through your lease carefully because sometimes landlords may slip a few clauses into their documentation that you need to be aware of, such as video surveillance in "public rooms," such as the living room or kitchen. Fitchburg State has a commuter affairs office on campus for anyone who may have questions about their leases, or for someone looking for roommates. Parking is all on the street, but some students take advantage of the school's parking lots when they can.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
59%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
30%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$6,180
Best Time to Look for a Place
Many students look over the summer or the spring semester for apartments. There are ads hanging on the sides of buildings just off campus all year round.
Popular Areas
  • Cedar Street
  • Highland Street
  • Murtle Avenue
Average Rents
Apartments (multiple bedrooms): $800
Did You Know?
Some landlords are allowed to have video surveillance in "public rooms," such as the living room and kitchen in your apartments. Read your lease very carefully!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 32 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 32 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 32 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 41% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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