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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are hundreds of really nice apartments all around campus some cheaper some more expensive some close some far. It all depends. The apartments are always around campus showing off their places and people are always looking for roommates so off campus housing is not too hard. It is just hard finding the perfect one. The rates are often flexible so sometimes if you sign up early or with a group you can save some money.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of options varying in price, location, and size.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I prefer off campus housing because you get so much more freedom and you get your own bedroom. And even in some places, the rent comes out cheaper than living in a dorm on campus. Many of the housing options are near campus, but there are some that are farther away and may require a car/bus/shuttle to get to campus. Also, many apartment complexes host events for their residents with free food and attractions.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: places are easy to find off-campus, and really cheap, too

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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).


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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
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 490 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 485 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.
  • 4% 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 489 responses

  • 24% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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