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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The campus forces you to pay for a dorm room. There is an option or two for living off campus, but you will wind up paying both for a dorm room and for your off-campus housing. Despite ResLife being a huge pain, living off campus is not worth it to most people.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can count the number of off-campus housing options on one hand. Pretty much everyone lives on-campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There isn't much off-campus housing...if your a senior you might have a chance (you got to know people). A pretty small campus, so if you have a car, anything is convenient (or even a bike). Parking is terrible.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's the Middle of Nowhere! There aren't very many off-campus options because of the location of the school. There are a few apartments available to rent but the college is slowly buying them and converting them into student housing.

To be honest, Gambier is pretty much the college so there's really nowhere to go off campus!

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Off-campus housing does not exist at Kenyon College. The remote location coupled with an old-fashioned board of directors means that students are required to reside on campus all four years. Dorms are guaranteed to students for this purpose, and they are priced so that off-campus housing is not a financial necessity. However, there are two exceptions to this rule: students who are suffering from substance abuse problems and students who serve the volunteer fire department. In both instances, these students can petition to live in special housing that is closer to either a treatment center or the fire department.

While the lack of off-campus housing can be frustrating, there is little chance of this changing in the near future. The Kenyon community thrives on communal living, and any change to that would drastically alter the campus atmosphere. To alleviate the concerns of the student body about off-campus housing, the College has undertaken a new housing renovation project, to be completed in 2013.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 3 BR: $750

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 31 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 35 responses

  • 3% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 3% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 34% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% 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 35 responses

  • 0% Extremely helpful.
  • 11% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 69% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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