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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: 5 stars because I live at my parent's home.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to give a fair rating about off-campus housing since I live on campus and everyone I spend time with lives on campus. I can see the attraction to get off-campus as, primarily, one of privacy. Roommates have a funny habit of wanting the lights on when I want to sleep and sleeping when I want the lights on. Still, I better learn to drive before I get a place that is not within walking distance of my classes and food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all Lafayette students live on campus. Only a few students are able to live off campus during their senior year.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing mainly school owned, lots of dry houses.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Greeks dominate the social scene, they get the houses.


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Lafayette College guarantees on-campus housing all four years. However, the College recently suffered from overbooking residence halls. Some off-campus facilities, like the Newman House, have been turned into student residence halls to accommodate the larger class sizes. Most of the students who opt for off-campus housing are typically upperclassmen who have their own cars and off-campus jobs/internships and want to get away from the campus “bubble.” Off-campus housing is available through the lottery system, and seniors have first priority. However, off-campus housing is more expensive. That being said, those who choose to live off campus also forego the meal plan (which many students claim is expensive and not worth its value) to make up for the extra costs.

Most off-campus houses are on Parsons Street, right across from the Kirby Sports Center. They are equipped with kitchens, dining rooms, and two to three bedrooms. The apartments are not quite as well-kept, but students appreciate the independence. College policies do apply to off-campus housing, as well, even though policies are not as strictly implemented. Proximity to class is not usually an issue, with the exception of traveling to class in bad weather. Most students, however, choose to stay on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Cattell Street
  • Monroe Street
  • Parsons Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $723

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 33 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 36 responses

  • 3% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 25% 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 37 responses

  • 19% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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