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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I learned quickly after freshman year that you can not wait until the last minute to find a place to live off campus. I was one of those people and I ended up in the basement of a house that was being run by a girl that did not have a clue what she was doing as a landlord. This coming year I will be living in the Kensington Apartments off of Kansas Expressway and the process of applying for housing there was so simple.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Bear-village just added a brand new load of apartments, there are tons of complexes around campus to choose from regardless of price. The cheaper you get the sketchier it gets and the more you need to be careful about leaving your apartment unlocked.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be very affordable. You get a lot of square footage for an affordable price in Springfield through local landlords. If you choose to rent from a complex affiliated with the University then you will have a higher price tag. There are a lot of places close to campus for rent.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of staying on campus is simply overrated! I am transferring next semester but if I was staying, I would definitely stay off campus. There is a variety of apartments, lofts, and duplexes fairly close to campus that are way nicer than every dorm on campus, more affordable, and more convenient.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments owned by the university or endorsed by the university are terribly expensive. But the university does have apartment representatives with booths in the PSU sometimes to answer questions.


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Off-campus housing in the Springfield area is relatively cheap. It's not at all hard to find an apartment off campus, and the price is definitely worth it (along with the independence). Most students move off campus after their freshman year. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is around $400, but you can find apartments for around $350, too. The more roommates you have, the better the price will be!

The apartments around campus are not as nice as the ones that are a little farther from campus. Those apartments are a little bit pricier, but still reasonable. However, while the apartments are nicer, the distance from campus often makes students feel disconnected from the University.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should begin looking for apartments or houses during the second semester. Most people begin searching in February, but some don't decide on a place until April. There isn't a rush, but some of the nicer places go quickly!
Popular Areas
  • Battlefield Road
  • Cherry Street
  • Delmar Street
  • Dollison Avenue
  • Elm Street
  • Kansas Expressway
  • Kimbrough Avenue
  • Sunshine Street
Average Rents
2 BR: $400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 111 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 111 responses

  • 37% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 111 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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