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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing are big houses made into apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard nothing horrible from my friends who rent apartments and I've been looking into them myself, they seem fairly reasonable.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: No chance to even obtain off campus housing, cause it fills up so quick

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anything about it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is easier to live on campus, personally.

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There is no “student ghetto” surrounding MSU and there aren't too many students who live in their own apartments nearby. This is mostly because housing prices are fairly ridiculous in Montclair, as well as many of the surrounding towns, where houses regularly cost more than $1 million. The cheaper areas are a bit sketchy and include Newark, which is about a 20 minute drive away. So, in the end most students are turned off from living in their own apartment off campus because of cost or location, so many continue to live at home and save money.

However, some students do brave the cost or the slightly bad conditions and rent their own apartments, but most are about 10 to 15 minutes from campus. The quality of these apartments varies—most cannot be described as very nice, but they all seem livable. The best way to find an apartment in the area is to start looking before the semester ends and attempt to find landlords who are renting directly, instead of going through a realty agency. It's much more likely to be cheaper and nicer if you do most of the legwork yourself. Craigslist and word of mouth are the best ways to hear about places, and it takes a lot of persistence, but if you are dead set on living in the area but don’t want to live on campus, it's really the best way to go.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
From the middle to the end of the spring semester is the best time to look for off-campus options. If you look much earlier landlords will expect you to move in before the semester ends, and if you wait too long all the apartments will be taken.
Popular Areas
  • Bloomfield township
  • Near Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair
  • Newark
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,529
  • 2 BR: $1,750
  • 4 BR: $2,450
  • House: $2,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 138 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 134 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 49% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 31% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 16% 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 138 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 49% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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