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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus, but I have heard that things could be better regarding off campus living.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and hard to find.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: When we were searching for places to live much of what was available was way out of my budget. The housing in the area seems to be fairly nice but is hard to get and to pricey. Being in the mountains limits the options and the parking for some of the locations. Most of the off campus housing is conveniently located within walking distance to the main campus. However, for more variety looking outside of Montreat and Black Mountain provides more options and better pricing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: there are several options nearby, if you go to black mountain there are even more and loads in asheville but thats 30min. away.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Montreat off-campus housing is limited to cottages that, although very beautiful and perfectly secluded, are kind of expensive. This isn't too bad an option if you like feeling like a hobbit or Snow White.

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Living on campus is pricey (and the rules are somewhat strict), so many students opt to move off campus for personal and financial freedom. There are a few apartments near the school from which to choose as well as summer cottages that the owners rent for the school year. When you have at least one roommate (to split the costs), ask around early enough so all the options aren't snatched up. Many of the rental options are literally minutes from campus, only slightly increasing your time to get to classes. The prices range anywhere from $450 to $975, depending on whether it's an apartment or cottage, furnished or unfurnished, how many rooms it has, and other factors. Shopping around early enough has its advantages, as many options around $550 plus utilities open up.

Most students live on campus for the added "community," ease of going to classes and group studying, or because they don't meet the requirements to move off campus. To live off campus, students must either be 21, live with their parents or guardian, or are married. If students do choose to move off campus, most find housemates to lessen individual costs. This also gives them an added sense of freedom, as they don't have to adhere to the College's strict smoking, alcohol consumption, and visitation policies, and they can host movie nights without disturbing residence hall neighbors. For those worried about losing the sense of residence hall "community," off-campus students often visit on-campus students to maintain friendships, study, and work on group projects. Off-campus students are also encouraged to attend campus events, including outdoor movie nights, sheet mazes, coffeehouses, dances, and more.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students looking for off-campus housing should look around the semester before they want to move so that they have a good idea of what they're looking for. Over the summer, posters go up for off-campus housing opportunities. Off-campus apartments can be researched the semester before or over the summer, but renting someone's summer house after they leave is also an option. To do that, try to ask the semester before and get the details worked out. If that's not an option, keep trying over the summer or Christmas break to work something out. Getting the details and down payments out of the way a couple of months before you move helps assure you get housing at all, as it is snatched up quickly.
Popular Areas
Summer houses are a popular choice, after residents leave for the year. The cottages are often picturesque, close to the College, and sometimes come furnished with a washer and dryer. All students have to pay is rent and utilities.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $600
Did You Know?
Choosing two or three housemates (if you move off campus into a cottage rather than an apartment) can create a tight-knit community and be inexpensive compared to renting solo or living on campus.

Student Polls

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

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 36% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 48% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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