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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I enjoyed visiting my friends that stayed in City Walk. The only difficulty I would say they had was doing laundry.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not sure of every off-campus housing, but i am aware of 112 and Westmar Lofts and I have been to both. Both of them seem pretty lenient.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most off campus housing is really expensive since it's downtown.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Got to pick and choose which ones are greater than others

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Atlanta varies greatly on housing quality. Definitely talk to someone who has been in Atlanta for a couple years. Some places seem like good options but may not be in the safest neighborhood

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It's easy to find apartments and houses to rent in Atlanta. What's difficult is weeding through the hundreds of options you have and making sure you find the right fit for your budget. Pricey studios and mansions that dot upper Midtown and Buckhead can be intimidating, but look hard enough and you'll find something less expensive. Some options are within walking distance from campus, but most require some form of transportation. Lots of students ride bikes, drive cars, or take MARTA, the bus system that has stations convenient to lots of different neighborhoods. Most students actually wind up staying farther from Downtown, in other neighborhoods like Candler Park or Little Five Points, or on streets or commerce centers near North Avenue or Atlantic Station.

The choice to live off campus is a common one. A large portion of Georgia State is made up of commuting students, but since the dorms are fairly new, limited in size, and somewhat expensive, those that don't want to live at home often rent apartments or houses for the year. Availability is hardly ever an issue, as there are tons of complexes that rent year-round. Since Atlanta isn't a ghost town between semesters, staying in the city over the summer or during breaks isn't an issue, either; it's a fun place to explore if you pick the right neighborhood.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most places open up in the spring after school ends or just before the new academic year starts in August. In the spring, a large number of students that usually live in Atlanta during the year go back home for the summer, so subletting apartments or houses to other students is common, which is convenient for those looking for short-term housing. On the flip side, leases for these rented places usually end in August (as they're 12-month contracts), so options also open up then. Since Atlanta isn't a typical college town, though, you can probably find student-priced apartments or houses available year-round.
Popular Areas
  • Downtown: Fairlie-Poplar District, Little Five Points
  • Midtown: Atlantic Station, streets off of Ponce de Leon Avenue, North Avenue, or Piedmont Avenue (below 14th Street)
Average Rents
  • 2 BR Apartment : $800
  • House : $1,000
  • Townhouse: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 305 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 307 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 63% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 301 responses

  • 18% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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