Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing varies pretty significantly. Most places are somewhat far from campus though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a first year student so I don't experience for myself. However, I do work at the HOO so I know a little about the process.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Many people enjoy living off campus as the cost is significantly less than on campus and there are great places available

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't life off-campus but I have heard positive things from friends who do.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students, about 90%, choose to live in campus for all four years. Those who move off campus are usually Division III students in their final year who need extra quiet study space. Rates tend to be rather steep off campus due to there being four other colleges in the area.


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A majority of students opt to live on campus all four years, due to the advantages of College housing, but there are a few who seek off-campus housing, particularly in their final year of study. Although in recent years the housing crunch has made the housing office more generous with allowing students to live off campus, getting the green light is not easy. Certain students automatically qualify to live off campus, including students 25 or older, anyone living with their parents within 30 miles of Hampshire, married students, or those who have children. Disability coordinators may grant students with a housing exemption to live off campus if these students can document their disability—learning, psychological, or physical—and certify that off-campus housing is a necessary accommodation.

Off-campus housing can be expensive and inconvenient if not located near a bus stop. Most students, despite their complaints about housing at Hampshire, choose to stay on campus, and sometimes that decision is based on avoiding the hassle of applying for housing exemption, in addition to the process of securing a place to live. Off-campus housing can provide students with time away from Hampshire, but it’s a fine line between distance and isolation, the latter being more likely during the coldest months when company seems sparse, even on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Toward the end of a semester
Popular Areas
Anything close to the bus lines (in places like East Hadley, South Hadley, Sunderland, and Northampton)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $900
  • Studio: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 18 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 18 responses

  • 17% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 39% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 33% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 11% 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 20 responses

  • 0% Extremely helpful.
  • 40% Somewhat helpful.
  • 60% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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