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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't personally experienced off campus housing, but from what I've heard it's fairly easy to obtain and pay for. The only thing is that some apartments are far away from campus, requiring you to have a car.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I was trying to find an apartment around campus but the apartments were either very high end or were cheap and dirty. It was hard trying to find a middle ground.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live about 35 minutes away and commute, so I don't know about the off-campus housing near the school.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some off-campus housing is cheaper - with the right place and roommates. However, the requirements for such apartments are often hard to meet as a student. Honestly, the only places I feel safe at are out of my price range. The school doesn't really help with finding off-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Oakland can be better!!! The cost is to high!

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There are many available off-campus housing options for those not wanting to live in the dorms. Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Auburn Hills are all close to Oakland and give you a variety of housing options. Roommates are always a plus to help pay the rent. You might find it more affordable to get a two-bedroom apartment instead of a one-bedroom place and split the cost.

Pontiac is always an option for housing, but don't be fooled: some places may look like a steal during the day, but when night comes, you may see why certain apartments are priced so low. Many bad neighborhoods make Pontiac a place that is sometimes better to stay away from—unless you know the area. One other thing: you must be aware of budgets and what is included when looking at apartments. Cable, water, heat, and air conditioning might not be included in the price, so budget for those amenities ahead of time.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
86%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
61%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,046
Best Time to Look for a Place
The spring and summer are good times because many people are giving up their apartments to take the summer off. But there are some pros to waiting closer to the fall semester: more people might be putting ads up for roommates.
Popular Areas
Downtown Rochester is the most popular because it is close to Oakland and is in a prime spot for restaurants and bars.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 120 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 119 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 8% 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 117 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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