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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is an expensive area to live in so there are few affordable options.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live nearby, so I don't know.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have no knowledge about off-campus recommendations.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's in an expensive area and anything cheap enough is at LEAST 15 miles out. I'd look at UMSL or something for a cheaper alternative to off-campus housing.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: This doesn't apply to me. I was required to live on campus first year.


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If you can find an apartment that has reasonable rent or get a friend to divide the rent and expenses with, then off-campus housing is worth it. There are a lot of apartments around the area for the students. The harsh realization of living in West County is the expensiveness of the apartments. In this case, the more people living with you the better. Having more roommates will drastically cut the cost. The only problem about getting your own apartment is the lack of awareness of the events going on campus. Keep in touch by asking a friend who lives on campus about the social events or small gatherings going on. It's great living on your own, and it beats paying the price of living on campus, as long as you really search for what's cheapest and closest to school.

Off-campus apartments cost a little bit less than the campus apartments, but it depends on the number of people living with you and the distance from campus, which will determine your transportation and gas costs. If you like the on-campus atmosphere and want to stay on campus in the residence halls, go ahead. The apartments are lovely, too, and provide all the convenience of living where you go to class. Just make sure you find out all the facts before making a final decision.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of summer. The sooner you have your housing situation taken care of, the easier the rest of school will be.
Popular Areas
  • Camden Cove
  • Camden Westchase Apartments
  • Mill Park Apartments
  • West Woods
  • Woodchase Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $725
  • 3 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $1,450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 24 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 22 responses

  • 14% 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.
  • 27% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% 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 23 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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