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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: High St is where its at. Off-campus housing options are typically reserved for seniors. This is where the parties are and their is an unspoken understanding that if you live off campus, you should throw at least one party a year.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are usually cheap. They're popular with upperclassmen. People generally have an easy time getting houses. They're also relatively close to the school, within a mile.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: People who live off campus have cool set ups.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is difficult to maneuver, the school should do more to make this option feasible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Houses tend to be run down but cheap.


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Grinnell administration prides itself in making the College a residential one, so it tries to discourage students from living off campus as much as possible. Students aren’t permitted to live off campus until junior year, and in the past, off-campus College-owned houses have been removed in order to make room for other facilities. Students who choose to live off campus must have written permission from the Student Affairs office. 

Unfortunately, the options for renting apartments are fairly limited. There are a few landlords who own houses converted into apartments, and while these are often a bit rundown, they do offer extra possibilities for partying. Living off campus on High Street in particular carries responsibilities to sponsor and encourage partying. Most importantly, the houses are within a few blocks from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring or fall
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • Park Street
  • Within two blocks west of campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $200
  • 2 BR: $400
  • 3 BR: $700
Did You Know?
Average rent for off-campus housing is $300 a month.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 28 responses

  • 43% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 54% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 27 responses

  • 19% Extremely helpful.
  • 37% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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