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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't heard of anyone live off-campus.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: About 2% of the school is allowed to live off-campus. That's right, not only do people just choose to live on campus, but there's a CAP on how many people are allowed to live off-campus. I think it's around 40 right now, and they keep lowering it every year. Luckily, everything is on campus and I can't imagine living off, but it would be nice to know that there was the option if I had wanted to.
Often, it's mostly Greek life who has houses off campus, but very few.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Expect to Live Off Campus – You actually have to get residential life approval before even looking at the few available places. Off campus housing is also too far removed from everything, it is not easy to trudge up the hill every morning.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: only a small percentage of students choose to live off campus, but it is a deffinately a feasible option!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A Lot but – Theres supposedly a lot of available apartments. The thing is, however, that Hamilton College is at the bottom of the hill and therefore is a large headache to walk to from offcampus. There is much availablity though. They are expensive as well.


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Housing off campus is very limited. About 95 percent of the student body lives on campus all four years, and only a handful of juniors and seniors are able to find housing off campus. Most students will argue that living on campus is the better deal, both more convenient to class and friends. Also, on a campus where snow is the predominant weather pattern throughout most of the year, living off campus can be more frustrating than fun. Since classes aren't ever cancelled, except in the case of white-outs, driving through snow, ice, and poor visibility at 8 a.m. is one of the drawbacks to living off campus. Most of the events Hamilton students go to take place on campus, and there is very little to do off campus, so it is worth living in the dorms for the convenient access to facilities. The apartments downtown aren't very nice either. The apartments are spacious and cheap, but usually in a state of disrepair. Expect the faucets to fall off your sinks in the first week. In order for off-campus housing to be worth it, you have to be able to fix small things around your house (as your landlord probably will not do it) and get along very well with your housemates.

On the other hand, there are obvious benefits to living in a house off campus like living in a house with a group of friends. It does tend to be Greeks who are able to pull off-campus housing for members of their society, and the houses downtown are only about six in number. Since so few students are granted permission to live downtown, it is not a very dominant social scene. The residents of Clinton and the surrounding areas are known for being unfriendly towards students, so having a party in your apartment could get you evicted. At the very least, the police will be called to break up the parties.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Six to eight months before you need to move in.
Popular Areas
  • East Park Row
  • Fountain Street
  • Marvin Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $500
  • Studio: $250

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 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 24 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 4% 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.
  • 92% 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 23 responses

  • 0% Extremely helpful.
  • 17% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 57% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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