On-campus housing has the distinct advantage of convenience, but most upperclassmen will opt out of dorm life for the independence and monetary savings that come with off-campus living. There are two distinct options in Kent—housing and apartments—and plenty of both. Most of the houses available for rent are standard, lived-in college pads. Some will need more work than others, but for those wishing to move into a pristine space from day one, newer apartments will be an enticing alternative.
With some of the nicer options comes a noticeable step in price, but even the most expensive rents are most likely cheaper than University housing. For some, a high-quality living space justifies a larger price tag, but others are purely interested in holding on to as much of their hard-earned cash as possible. Most housing is within walking distance of the University, and there are apartments available that are just as close to class as some residence halls. Students generally won't have trouble finding a place, since there are so many available, but the best options go quickly, so it's best to start searching as soon as possible.