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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus but there are a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't experienced purchasing off-campus housing yet

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments, townhouses and houses that are available to older students who want to live off campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: While off-campus housing is very cheap, it is very hard to find. The college does nothing to help with this. You must hunt on Craigslist for weeks to find a good place to live. Parking is basically non-existent.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've hung out at quite a few off-campus spots and, while I enjoyed myself, the apartments and houses were usually kind of dingy. They were usually very close to bus stops and in safe neighborhoods though.


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There are many different housing options available off campus for students. From one-room efficiencies to houses you can rent with your 10 closest friends, if you want to live off campus, there is housing available to suit your needs. With on-campus housing being costly per year, many students opt to find alternative, money-saving options. Most of the houses surrounding IC have been around for a while and are not known for having the best quality. 

While all freshmen are required to live on campus, many students are not in a rush to live off campus because of the decent quality of the dorms and on-campus apartments. If you are an upperclassman and want to live off campus, you must go through an application process to be granted off-campus status. IC is a residential school, and many of the apartment complexes and houses are rented out each year by IC students. Many students want to live off campus for the freedom of not having to deal with an RA. Because housing at IC can be an annoying process, especially if you do not get your first-choice housing, moving off campus has been a popular alternative to being dependent on the College for housing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Ten or 11 months in advance (September or October for the following school year). Some groups find off-campus housing as early as the first weeks of the previous year.
Popular Areas
  • Coddington Road
  • Hillview Place
  • Hudson and Aurora streets
  • Kendall Avenue
  • Near the Commons
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $580
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR: $1,065
  • 4 BR: $1,600
Did You Know?
There are many websites such as that work to find housing for IC and CU students.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 112 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 110 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% 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 111 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 48% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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