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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many new apartment complexes popping up and most apartments are REALLY nice. Catalyst, Stadium Centre, UClub, 601 Copeland, and the newest one, Onyx, are all modern, spacious and relatively safe. All are walking distance from campus, but driving to campus is faster (except if your class is scheduled during the parking rush hour).

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Seems ok i havent lived off campus yet though so idk

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know to much about off campus housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've chosen to live in one of the nicer complexes following my freshman year in the dorms on campus at U-Club on Woodward. It is ore on the pricy side, but has some great amenities and is less than half a mile from campus. With the way student housing seems to work here, you're going to get what you pay for. If you only want to spend $400, unfortunately in a college town that's going to most likely get you some run-down little place. There's a pretty direct correlation between price and amenities/distance from campus/quality. In my case, living off campus is actually going to be cheaper than what I was paying to live in a dorm. My place is gated, has a great pool, stainless steel kitchen, furnished rooms, a great complex gym, and is townhouse-style. You get what you pay for in the context of a college town.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: clean, great amenities, and privacy!

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Many, many students choose to live off-campus. Florida State University is centrally located in Tallahassee, so traveling to and from campus shouldn't be too much of a problem. Over the past few years, at least 20 new apartment complexes have gone up on the outskirts of campus. These newer developments offer amenities such as computer labs, athletic facilities, and gated security. The closer you are to campus, the older and dingier the apartments. Living off-campus can be cheaper than living in a residence hall and can offer you more privacy.

One thing to keep in mind is the City of Tallahassee's Party Patrol. This is a police unit that patrols the residential neighborhoods and responds to party/noise complaints. They are serious about preventing underage drinking and keeping the local residents happy. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in off-campus housing. You just have to respect your neighbors. Another policy that the Tallahassee City Commission is trying to pass is limiting the number of non-family members living together in a single residence. Since this policy has met with resistance, no action has been taken yet. It is still something to consider, though, if you plan on living off-campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
81%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,626
Best Time to Look for a Place
Summer, or at least one month before semester begins
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • Jackson Bluff
  • Ocala Road
  • Pensacola Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $389
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 4 BR: $1,070

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 380 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 375 responses

  • 34% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 3% 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 378 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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