Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Several new buildings, but the pricing can be outrageous.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't experienced off campus housing, but I think that upperclassmen are very pleased.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You pay for what you get. Most housing options are going to be pretty expensive the closer you want to be to school.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros and Cons: Generally expensive but proximate to amenities in life.

Availability: There are almost always rooms for rent available.

Convenience: It could be old enough to be inconvenient, but you can bear with it.

Cost: Obviosuly expensive but it depends.

Parking: Limited and expensive if not guaranteed.

Safety: Very safe.

*School helps find possible roommates and rooms for rent via its own website.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman, I haven't had experience with this

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Off-campus housing is cheap and convenient. If you are open to living anywhere within four blocks of campus, housing is also plentiful, with students living in one-, two-, three-, or four-bedroom apartments and rowhouses. It is more difficult to find housing directly across the street from the University, but it's not impossible if you look early. Students are spread out in every direction from campus, so no matter where you choose to live, you are likely to find other students as your neighbors. Make sure you go through the building carefully before signing the lease because some landlords aren’t known for keeping the buildings in good shape. Even though you will not have trouble finding housing, expect to look on your own. It’s a good idea to ask upperclassmen to talk with their landlords and put in a good word for you, but many students have not found the off-campus housing office to be helpful.

Finding off-campus housing won’t prove to be an issue, but some students don’t like that Hopkins has almost no upperclassman housing options after requiring students to live on campus for their first two years. But housing is plentiful, and Baltimore has low property prices. The problem lies in that students often forget that they live in a city and that they need to be concerned with security. Students have been robbed walking to and from their houses, and many student houses have been burglarized. If you live in a rowhouse, lock your doors all of the time and find a place with bars on your windows. If you keep a few basic safety guidelines in mind, however, you should have a great experience living off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
45%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,000
Best Time to Look for a Place
Figure out who you want to live with by intersession sophomore year, and start looking at the beginning of second semester.
Popular Areas
  • Charles Village offers many opportunities to rent rowhouses, along with rooms in several apartment buildings.
  • University Parkway-there are a ton of housing options on this street. There are many different apartment buildings along with a bunch of really nice residential homes that students can rent out.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 4 BR: $1,150

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 76 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 76 responses

  • 39% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 51% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% 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 74 responses

  • 38% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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