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Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The buildings are run down.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pretty great here. It wasn't really hard to find a place, but a lot of the places are pretty pricey. It is totally worth it to live off campus, and I would advise it to anyone. The freedom is great, and the places aren't too bad.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The rates are good but the houses are ugly

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very easy to find. Most students just walk up and down the streets close campus and look for signs that say open availability for students. The signs also contain information with the landlords name and phone number. The cost of off-campus housing is usually less expensive than on-campus housing, however, off-campus housing is usually further from campus which makes it more difficult to attend classes, especially if its one of those Frostburg winter storms. The neighborhoods are safe because they are filled with other Frostburg students. Only 10% of the surrounding neighborhoods are not Frostburg student residence.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is great! A lot of different options and availability. Great looking homes as well.

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The off-campus housing is a good consideration for a second-year college student. Being in the dorms is a good experience for freshmen, but dorms are sometimes too loud and chaotic to ever get any work done. Moving off campus can sometimes raise grades and GPAs.

Most off-campus houses are pretty cheap, between $4,000 and $6,000 a year, not including the utilities and Internet/TV that you need to pay out of pocket. FSU holds an "Off-Campus Housing Fair" early during the second semester. All of the landlords come together to allow students to look at pictures of prospective homes and ask questions, and this gives the landlords a chance to meet their prospective renters.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
66%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
27%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$6,000
Best Time to Look for a Place
Go to the "Off-Campus Housing Fair." This will be held the second semester of each school year and is a good time to begin thinking about moving off campus for the following semester.
Popular Areas
  • Bowery Street
  • Center Street
  • Hill Street
  • Wood Street (primarily for fraternities and sororities, but some non-Greeks live here, too)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
Most freshmen choose to live in a dorm their first year, but they start looking for an off-campus house to move into their sophomore year.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 51 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 50 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% 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 51 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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