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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The university is literally surrounded by houses targeted to students. Most of the time it is a hit or miss. Some houses are extremely nice and well kept but also cost a lot. Cheaper houses look like they're falling apart. With a little research you should be able to find a house that fits your needs and budget.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are kind of crappy because most of them have been used for off campus parties, and the neighborhood surrounding the campus is not good. But the prices are pretty cheap and they're close to campus so not that bad.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are mostly destroyed from someone who hosted parties. some of them become cheaper because of this. most houses don't get much or any free parking. There is always a few break ins and robberies in the area

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: What can I say the off campus housing is cheap but for a reason. Its not like the housing is bad its just your typical off campus housing but the plus side is that it is extremely cheap.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The university has a website that allows students to find off-campus housing as well as post sublets. There is a good variety and a lot of information.


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Off-campus housing is abundant, though many of the best houses are handed down through their respective fraternities and sororities each year. Sorority girls often have to sign their leases more than two years in advance to make sure they get the house they want. Fraternity guys aren’t as picky and tend to wind up with disgusting houses, but it seldom matters, as many of them will have lived in filth and squalor during their residence in their fraternities. A small number of non-Greek students take the off-campus plunge right after freshman year and are usually pleased with the freedom and responsibility of taking care of their own house.

Most Lehigh students who move off campus do so senior year and are almost always happy with the decision. The three main bars are all off campus, and Leon’s is a two-minute walk from many houses. Most seniors will agree that it’s much more convenient to leave the bars and crash at their off-campus houses than to wait for TRACS or figure out a way to get a ride up the Hill. Of course, there are plenty of advantages to living in a fraternity, as well, which is why a decent amount of fraternity guys continue living there senior year. Off-campus housing is cheap—remember, it is Bethlehem after all—convenient, and a lot of fun, as many seniors live very close to each other.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As early as possible, and first semester at the latest, as most rents begin June 1.
Popular Areas
  • Birkel Street
  • East 5th Street
  • Hillside Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 4 BR: $850
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 42 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 44 responses

  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 40 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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