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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have to find it yourself, if you can.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is not a lot of housing in the immediate area. The homes that are close are also kinda expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Places around Macon can be dangerous and most want to stay on campus because of this.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: They didn't help us find an off campus housing.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wish Mercer would offer more off campus housing besides the lofts. The Tatnall Place apartments are really nice and more of those apartments should be made.

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Though a large majority of Mercer students choose to live on campus, off-campus housing is a viable option for many. Multiple-room houses and apartments for rent are more common, so it is usually easier for a group of students to find a large place and split the rent. Since it is cheaper to live off campus, housing that is fairly close to campus can be somewhat limited during the school year. The houses and apartments for rent are generally older (at least 50 years old, if not more), which is typical for Macon homes. Prices vary with size, quality, and amenities.

Multiple-bedroom lofts immediately next to campus are being built above retail businesses. According to Mercer’s website, the University will lease the apartment units, while providing facility maintenance and managing the residential operations. Since the lofts are targeted toward upperclassmen and students who currently live off campus, this may be another option for students to consider in order to have “the best of both worlds.”

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
32%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
10%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,081
Best Time to Look for a Place
The end of each semester is a good time simply because that's when students are most likely to be moving out.
Popular Areas
  • Neighborhoods very close to Mercer
  • Streets near or parallel to Cherry Street (downtown)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $575

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 78 responses

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  • 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 78 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% 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 80 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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