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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options available to student who chose to live off campus however, obtaining the correction option for you can be difficult due to the demand by other students leaving campus.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Just like with any landlords you can get both ends of the spectrum of nice and crazy. Basically most apartments are pretty easy to get into and it is the same case with houses. Off-campus housing is pretty good at Iowa State.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is crazy hard to get into an apartment that is close to campus

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked into off-campus housing so far.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone with an off campus housing location but my friends have had good experiences.

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On-campus housing isn't for everyone, obviously. More than half of students live off campus, so off-campus housing in Ames clearly has a lot to offer. They seem to cite freedom and price as their main motivators, but living off campus does have its drawbacks. Students have to commute to class and deal with landlords, contracts, and roommates meeting rent payments.

Housing that is close to campus tends to be more expensive, so if you are looking to live off campus, you must decide how important proximity is to you. If it is important, it might be worth the extra bucks to be close to campus. If money is tight, and you don't mind the bus, then living several blocks away might be a nice option for you. Ames offers a wide variety of off-campus housing, not only apartments, but also houses for rent. Before signing a contract for any apartment or house, know what your base payment covers and how much of the utilities you must pay, as well. Check the proximity to the bus routes if you plan to rely on CyRide, and begin the search early so you can shop around and find the place that feels the most like home. Housing can be expensive, so try to get the best deal for the best place.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
61%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,721
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least eight weeks before you plan to move—spring, if possible
Popular Areas
  • Alpine Apartments
  • Lincoln Park Apartments
  • Sterling University Plains
Average Rents
  • Studio: $400
  • 1 BR: $530
  • 2 BR: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 150 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 147 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 146 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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