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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is tons of off-campus housing located close to the school. Even close enough to walk to class.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's a lot nicer than on-campus housing, but I still think on-campus housing helps with social connections.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses in Harrisonburg are adorable. There are a few great apartment complexes like Campus View and North 38. The other apartment and condos are average and priced reasonably. I've heard it's better to live in a place with a landlord rather than an apartment company.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: While I still live on campus, I am planning on living off-campus Junior year. There are dozens of apartment complexes that are available and all complexes have buses that run frequently. There are no complaints for parking and, for the most part all apartments are high-quality. The office of residence life will help find an apartment and will help with the process.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We have a lot of options when it comes to off campus housing. The cost for a lot of the apartments are a little higher than I would like to pay, but they aren't too bad.

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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 168 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 170 responses

  • 55% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 44% 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 166 responses

  • 52% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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