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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Best off-campus housing environment you could ask for. Very fun, very inviting.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many places to live off campus that are close to the university and the town.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off campus, everyone gets tired of being in dorms, because of the fire drills in the middle of the night, rules, and quiet hours. It is easy to find housing practically all the houses are for rent, you have to move quick for those closer to campus and those can get really expensive and loud sense majority are above the bars. Negotiate with landlords and be sure to get a bplace where wate ris included, you would be surpised at the amount of money the bill can be. The gas and electric are not bad at all, in the summer you hardly pay anything at all, I had a $8 bill in August. In the past winters the gas can get up to $125, but you can reduce that by buying space heaters.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Theres such a great variety of off-campus housing. and a lot of places are big at a reasonable price and very spacious and close to campus

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not heard too many complaints about off-campus housing, because the extra freedom is careful. Some apartments are really great and cheap!

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Ahh, off-campus housing. Finally, you can have your own keg party, cook your own meals, sleep in a real bed, and most importantly to OU students, have a porch! But, with the newfound freedom comes bills, bugs, bats, and, most dreaded of all, Athens landlords. Some landlords treat their tenants with respect and courtesy (like L'Hereux), but others are just plain lousy, ignoring maintenance problems and even being downright mean to tenants. The best way to avoid a nasty landlord or house is to ask current tenants about the living conditions. Also, make sure to ask the rental companies about move-in/out dates and times, which have been known to cause a lot of stress for students (one rental company requires tenants to be completely moved out of their house only three hours after they graduate).

The houses on campus are generally nice, although rent can be a little steep, especially the closer you get to Court Street. But, another great option for students is apartment complexes like University Courtyard and Riverpark. While UC is a good distance from campus, buses transport students to and from the apartments, and the living conditions and amenities are awesome (computer access, a gym, a pool). Make sure to take these into consideration when looking for a house. Most importantly, as all students attest, start the search early. Off-campus housing can be an absolute blast, just make sure to do your homework to avoid an uncomfortable living situation.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The beginning of spring quarter (for the following fall move-in) is the best time to look. Places rent out fast, so check the ads as soon as a full quarter before you want to move.
Popular Areas
  • Congress Street
  • Court Street
  • Mill Street
  • Palmer Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,110

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 207 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 203 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% 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.
  • 1% 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 205 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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