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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of cheaper places to live.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Many of our students choose to live off-campus especially as upperclassmen. There are many different places to choose from- from apartments to houses to the equivalent of unmonitored dorms- Altoona has it all.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We offer different apartment complexes depending on how much you want to spend. I think they're still pricey for a college student. They are close to the campus and offer parking.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: unless you count frat houses, you aren't allowed to live off campus and the apartments i have seen students live in are not desireable

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A majority of the campus lives off campus. I've lived at Pennview for two years and I really like it. East and the new 500's is the place to live!!

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With the population of the campus growing like it is, on-campus housing will become harder and harder to obtain, so more students will probably look to living off campus. The off-campus housing options range from complexes specifically for students like Nittany Pointe, College Park Apartments, Pennview, and Wehnwood Court to houses that students can rent with a big group of friends. However, the availability of convenient off-campus housing is always a problem, and the majority of places are houses farther away from campus than most students can comfortably walk.

The leases for the off-campus apartments are usually nine-months long, but many complexes have a summer option. The cost for housing ranges from $250 a month, not including utilities, to $400 a month with some utilities. Most places around campus are fairly priced but the farther away from campus, the more expensive the housing gets. This price jump is due to the fact that most of these places are a bit apprehensive about renting to younger people.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,116
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to start looking for housing is between the fall and spring semesters.
Popular Areas
  • College Park Apartments
  • Nittany Pointe
  • Wehnwood Court
Average Rents
  • 1BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $700
Did You Know?
  • At Wehnwood Court, there is a section that is exclusively for girls called "The Female Dorm." Up to six girls can live here-only two have to share a room while the other four get their own rooms. It is one of the cheapest deals you can get.
  • Most of the apartment complexes are based on occupancy (single, double, etc.) and the leases are individual, so you are only responsible for paying for yourself and won't have to worry if your roommate is late with rent. The average rent prices listed in this section are the total rent, not per-person.

Student Polls

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

  • 25% 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.
  • 5% 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 42 responses

  • 24% Extremely helpful.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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