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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You just need to start looking very early in order to find a good place that's not too expensive. There's some great options around though and it's definitely worth the freedom. Also, it's fun!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I just recently rented a house with a few friends of mine. The process was very simple and the rental companies are very easy to work with. My advice is to make sure you start early as it will get tougher to find places once you get past November and December

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have a great apartment.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's really convenient especially since It's basically required

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Next year will be the first year I live off campus so I can't speak to it all that much but I started looking for an apartment fairly late and I still found a spacious, close townhouse at a reasonable price.


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Off-campus housing is highly recommended at OSU, but only after at least one year of campus life. It's almost expected that you'll move off campus eventually-the biggest question is when. Having your own place shouldn't cost any more than living in the dorms, and if you do it right, you can actually be paying less. Prices vary drastically depending on what you want, however. Planning early is the best idea, no matter what type of housing you seek-start looking after winter break, at the very latest. Pick roommates early (if applicable), and start looking at what's available. Wait too long, and you'll find yourself out of options and facing another year in the dorms. After you're done with freshman year in the residence halls, you have a better idea what campus life is like. Students recommend getting a quad with your best friends on South Campus as an alternative to moving into an apartment-at least for the second year. If you do move off campus quickly, try to live somewhere close. The number of people you meet plummets when you move out of the residence halls, so try to make as many friends as possible while you're in the dorms; you might be glad to have those connections later on.

Be sure that you're ready to pay your own bills, buy your own food, deal with neighbors (sans RA), and handle many other responsibilities before you decide to get your own place. If in doubt, check out the off-campus housing Web site and pick up a copy of the OSU renting guide. Most realtors in the area are also friendly, and they're quick to help students find housing and work through whatever problems may arise.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Fall and winter quarter. The earlier, the better.
Popular Areas
  • 15th Avenue
  • Chittenden Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $525
  • Studio: $375

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 322 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 318 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 320 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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