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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The main problem I see with off-campus housing is how early we have to sign leases. I am a sophomore and have to sign a lease for my senior year by the end of this year. So crazy.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Basically everyone leaves the dorms after their first year, but it still sucks.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at a pretty expensive place. The off campus housing overall is very good here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I will be living in a Greek house next year so I am not so sure about off-campus living. Some places are really great but they also cost a fortune. Others, you basically get what you payed for, meaning they are not the best. IU has many options for off-campus housing, considering most students do live off campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus

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Moving off campus provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with close friends in a town populated mostly by other college kids who are working toward the same goals. Along with your first apartment or house, however, comes some real responsibility. Living in the residence halls, you pay up front and never have to worry about things like internet, cable, or water. In the dorms, there's a trash can right down the hall and someone to clean your bathroom for you. Some students have trouble adjusting to life outside of that safety net; dealing with landlords, bills, and parking can be a big headache.

The freedom that comes from living on your own in the dorms is magnified a thousand times once you move into your own place. You can have real furniture, a bed big enough so that you never worry about falling out at night, and on top of everything else, you are in control of how much you want to pay for everything. There are some caveats to off-campus living, so beware. The closer you get to campus, the higher the rent will be. There are some real pits lurking in the blocks surrounding campus. Landlords know that there will always be someone willing to pay an extra $200 a month to save a ten-minute walk, no matter how lousy the condition of the house is. If you have a car, the cheapest route is to live as far away from campus as you can and drive to school or catch a bus. Be sure to start looking early and consider all your options before you make a serious decision regarding a place to live.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
64%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,149
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as possible
Popular Areas
  • Hoosier Courts
  • Smallwood Plaza
  • Varsity Villas
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $550
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 200 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 198 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% 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.
  • 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 198 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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