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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in off-campus housing this year and even though it is expensive it is nice and close to campus, Hood hooked us up well.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So many options, some within walking/biking distance of campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: College provides apartments on campus, but there are also some houses for rent nearby, but not within walking distance like the apartments are.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live with my family, so off-campus housing has not been an issue for me.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about the experiences people have had when trying to live of campus. I only hear the complaints of those as I am walking past them.

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While freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus (unless they live with their parents), juniors and seniors are highly discouraged from living on campus, as housing has become very overcrowded in recent years. Instead, upperclassmen are pushed to live in off-campus, college-leased apartments, which are about a mile away from campus and cost the same amount as on-campus housing. These apartments require four housemates, a requirement that burdens those students wishing to live off campus with a smaller group of people. Each apartment comes furnished and carpeted and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in addition to a small living room, dining room, and kitchen equipped with major appliances.   

Some students also choose to live off campus in non-campus-leased housing, but this is fairly uncommon. The surrounding Frederick area can be fairly expensive because of its close proximity to Baltimore and D.C. However, there are some affordable options if you are willing to share the space with roommates. Overall, students who live off campus enjoy the newfound freedom and independence from campus, but some feel (when put into this situation) forced to become "adults" too quickly.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
46%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
20%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,700
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for off-campus housing is at the beginning of the second semester.
Popular Areas
Downtown Frederick
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $820
  • 2 BR: $1,140
  • 3 BR: $1,210
Did You Know?
Frederick locals, who are within a short distance from Hood, often post signs for available housing options on boards in Whitaker Campus Center. So, if you are looking for off-campus, non-college-leased housing, this is the best place to start looking.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 29 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 31 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 30 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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