Let's face it—not many college students are rolling in tons of cash. And at La Roche, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few with tons of money to burn, living off campus here is quite pricey, and not many students do it. The ones who do live off campus—on their own and not commuting from their parents' houses—usually have several roommates to help cut the cost of living. However, the College does offer a financial aid package to help students who wish to live off campus (although they do not advertise this). So if you can work a deal with financial aid, it is usually much cheaper to get an off-campus apartment than it is to live in the dorms. Think about it—room and board is more than $7,500, and the school year (excluding breaks when you'd have to go home) is only seven months long. So you're basically spending $1,100 a month to live on campus, and the average rent for an off-campus apartment is about half that if you split the costs with roommates and factor in financial aid.
While most students just choose to live on campus, many students commute by their senior year. Either way it will cost a lot of money, and any financial support you can find should be welcomed with open arms.