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.”