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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Sure the building may be walking distance but it is worth it if you find a place in your price range with features you are looking for like your own room and bathroom, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I chose Campus Point. I've had a few bumps in the road with them. But $399 for a four bed two bath, I couldn't beat it!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of options and housing options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i honestly wouldn't know i don't stay in an apartment

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Check out JSM Apartments. They're inexpensive and very close to campus.


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Off-campus housing is something most students look forward to after spending two years in the dorms, and there is a lot of housing available to students at a range of prices. Apartments are most common at Illinois State University, although some choose to rent houses or townhomes. Most off-campus apartments are managed by one of three main realty companies: Sami, Young America Realty, and First Site Apartments. Unfortunately, almost all students' experiences with realtors in the Bloomington-Normal area have been negative. Realty companies are only interested in getting money from students and do not treat them as true renters. In dealing with leasing agents, students have complained about almost everything from maintenance not doing its job to tenants being charged with ridiculous fees.

Open leasing starts in September, and students are pressured into signing for an apartment almost a whole year in advance. This can be a problem because students may have roommate problems later on in the year or may not end up attending ISU the following fall. Some high-end apartments have gyms and pools included in the monthly fee, while some apartments have utilities included, which can help cut down on costs. It is important to do research when looking for an apartment, and don't be afraid to wait until later in the year to actually sign for one.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Kensington Suites
  • Lincoln Park Townhomes
  • The Oaks on Hovey
  • Vernon Stables
  • Willow Trails
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • House (3 BR): $850
  • 2 BR : $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,350
  • 4 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 178 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 178 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 175 responses

  • 24% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 23% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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