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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't think there are really any off-campus options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few apartment options near the school but for the most part all students live on campus and are mostly required to do so.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school recommends that students live on campus all 4 years. This isn't a problem as most Seniors and Juniors get singles. There aren't many apartment options for moving off campus, and most students choose to enjoy the wonderful dorms for all 4 years.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some apartments off campus available to seniors.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've seen, the buildings are gorgeous and people love to live there.


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Only a very small number of students live off campus each year, and of those, not very many keep their own apartments. Some live with their family, which is most common among FPs (Frances Perkins students, who are typically older students). Since the school actively discourages living off campus, only the most intrepid or fed up with dorm life will try it. Students are, in general, happy about this. The extremely residential character of the campus is part of its charm and definitely contributes to its sense of community. What would campus life be without cheesy floor activities? The only downside is that some students have really good reasons for wanting to live off campus and are still denied. Some in this position have resorted to keeping a room on campus and paying for room and board but actually living somewhere else.

If you do want live off campus, you’ll want to try for something close by. Since Amherst and Northampton are already college towns, there’s a lot in both of those places to appeal to a student. You don’t want to go for something in, say, downtown Holyoke. Stay out of the sketchy areas, and you should be fine. Also, bring your own car if you can, because if you think having to go places on the PVTA schedule is annoying while living on campus, it’ll become ten times worse while living off campus. So much happens on campus in a day that you’ll practically be living there anyway, and it’ll be a lot harder to run home to get something you forgot.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Amherst
  • Granby
  • Northampton
  • South Hadley
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $625
  • 2 BR: $750
  • Studio: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 44 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 9% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 30% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% 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 43 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 30% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 19% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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