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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus, seniors try to get approved for off campus housing but it seems more hassle than its worth

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of people are able to get off-campus housing, but those who do are very happy with it. A lot of off-campus students throw parties at their houses frequently, while others do rarely or never, so it's up to the individuals who live there. There are a lot of options within walking distance of the college.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing, but I would like to live off-campus. My understanding is that it is cheaper than living on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't looked into it much yet.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Gustavus doesn't support living off campus so you are lucky to even be granted permission as a senior. If you do get permission however, there is a decent selection of housing nearby that is old, but relatively cheap.

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With approximately 80 percent of the student body living on campus, Gustavus prides itself in being a close-knit and residential community. The majority of upperclassmen chooses to live on campus in apartment-style housing because they enjoy the idea of not having to mow the lawn, shovel the snow, or pay for all their own utilities. The biggest hassles from the Residential Life office come from noise violations, small rooms, and the ban on candles and smoking. Applying to live off campus is tricky since your randomly-generated priority number can either make or break your chances of getting off campus. In addition, not having a car means that you have to walk up Old Main Hill each day—a good workout, but certainly something to be dreaded in the middle of winter.

Students who do live off campus sing both its praises and annoyances. While there are many perks to not having to deal with Residential Life and having your own space, downfalls of living off campus in St. Peter include overpriced rent based on demand and few options outside of living in large houses with a number of friends—apartments in St. Peter are sparse and not the closest to campus. With the majority of your classmates living on campus and having the benefit of living in apartments while still being able to walk next door and knock on your friend’s door, you are better off just living on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
Directly beneath "the Hill"
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 42 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 40% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 19% 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 41 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 41% Not very helpful.
  • 10% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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