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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are very nice, like Copper and Squire, but the problem is that they fill up super fast. It is a lot of pressure to figure out where you're living, who you're living with, and all of the details only a few months after coming to school. Most are reasonably priced, it depends what you're looking for. Some include utilities and are furnished, but others aren't. I hear most of them have little parking, but the buses run to all of them, and majority of them are a cheaper option than living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live there is something always going on in your complex.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options, however, I believe it to be more efficient to live on campus. There are plenty of places to live here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not moved into my off campus apartment yet. I have signed the lease to one and looked at many apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Because of the location, rent anywhere really isn't too bad and you can find a nice apartment or townhouse for a reasonable price (if splitting with roommates).


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Once you begin to tire of dorm life, your sights set on picking the right apartment complex, townhouse, or house. After all, there's only so much walking across campus and munching on D-hall favorites that one can take. However, at JMU, every off-campus place seems to be the complete one. Students have a wide, varied selection that unfortunately does vary in price and atmosphere as well. For those who rejoice in meeting new partygoers and social animals, there is a multitude of apartments to choose from. Conversely, if you’re someone whose weekends are an excuse for more studying, there are apartments that will tickle your fancy as well. Students who hang out in large groups may choose houses that can fit up to 10 people, while apartments group three to four students.

Unfortunately, most of the apartments are not within walking distance. Most students resort to the occasional bus or car or mooching for rides from friends. Houses are also available in the same vicinity as JMU, but those tend to be a bit isolated from the hordes of upperclassmen in apartments. Plus, once students officially say goodbye to the luxury of walking to class, they must say hello to the drag of scouting parking spots.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The end of fall semester or beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Ashby Crossing
  • Aspen Heights
  • Campus Condos
  • Campus View
  • Foxhills
  • Hunter’s Ridge
  • North 38
  • Old Mill
  • Pheasant Run
  • Southview
  • Squire Hill
  • Stonegate
  • Sunchase
  • The Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $350
  • 2 BR: $500
  • 4 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 116 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 118 responses

  • 58% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 40% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 1% 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 116 responses

  • 51% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 4% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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