There are strict rules to live off campus, so most students live on campus until at least their junior year. Even then, strict rules apply to move away, such as a high GPA, married status, at least 24 years old, or within a certain radius of campus. Several options are available off campus, but students need to keep their eyes open for good deals. The best area to get an apartment or rent a house is close to campus. This may be obvious for time reasons, but the area around campus is much nicer than some other areas around Lakeland.
For some students, it is worth living off campus because there are no RAs and a meal plan is not necessary. Plus, this is a chance to experience complete freedom before graduation. However, campus has free laundry (where off-campus housing doesn't), and students do not have to fight for a parking spot every day when they go to class if they already live on campus.