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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Luther doesn't exactly support off-campus housing!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Just a jolly ole time

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You have to get pre-approved to live off campus and you only can if you are a senior.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the houses aren't in the best condition

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Off-Campus Housing: Luther is a residential college that encourages students to live on campus all four years. There is some off campus housing but students must be approved and make arrangements on their own. Most of these arrangements are houses and are decently nice and close to campus.


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As you may have guessed, off-campus housing is a bitter issue at Luther. Students are only allowed to apply to live outside of campus housing when they have senior status, meaning that you’re trapped on campus for at least three years. And, the approval process is limited to 100 students, based on credits. It’s nice that Luther rewards the students who work hard, but it puts a damper on your PE major friend who drags down a house full of pre-med students or double majors. Then, if you get approval, you won’t find out until March, leaving you precious time to find a house for the coming year. Most good houses are leased for the next year in the early portion of the previous year in hopes that off-campus housing will come, leaving you in a bad spot if your group doesn’t get approval.

Many students simply try to get a lot of friends together for a nice cluster in Farwell or attempt the lottery to get in Baker Village. There are houses available for more students, but Luther chooses to limit the students from the outside community, and that’s a shame. The only positive thing that can be said about off-campus housing at Luther is that if you like living in the same place for four years in a row, you won’t mind being trapped on campus. But for students who envision a college experience in a fraternity house or a living situation that lets you live on your own, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Now! Luther's off-campus housing is so competitive that the sooner you get your search started, the better. There are houses available, but getting a group together to sign a lease is a long, hard process, made even harder by the fact that students aren’t allowed to live off campus until they’re seniors. Many students sign leases at the beginning of their junior year for the following year. If you can't find a place to live off campus, many students opt to draw in a lottery for Baker Village housing, build a 13-person cluster in Farwell, or go back to living with underclassmen in Olson, Larsen, or Towers.
Popular Areas
  • Anything close to campus
  • College Drive houses
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $500
  • Studio: $350

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 39 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 39 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 23% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 41% 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 39 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 31% Somewhat helpful.
  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 26% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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