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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is not too difficult to get off-campus housing. The only downside is that you have to start looking around November of the previous year so that is tricky. The actual off campus housing is not too expensive and there are plenty of available apartments on Beaver and College- both streets have a bus line that runs through it. As a sophomore, I am living off campus on Beaver ave with 3 of my best friends in a 2 bedroom apartment and it is costing me around $570 a month- so nothing too outrageous. There is a white loop on Beaver ave so it is not impossible to get anywhere and if you are not lazy like me, you could even walk to class from Beaver ave.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus situation is good. It's so easy to just take a bus to get to classes and the landlords are good as long as general rules are being followed.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Quality and prices vary; must research thoroughly.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is college living. Average.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options. If you are unsure of where to look you can ask someone in the financial aid office who might be able to help. You can also look online for off-campus housing. The only thing is that the closer you are to campus, the more expensive the housing is going to be.

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Penn State requires freshmen to live in the residence halls, so off-campus housing doesn't become an option until sophomore year. Even then, spending another year in residence halls isn't such a terrible idea. The conditions do get better, and you can enjoy the benefits of dorm life-not cooking or cleaning-for a little longer before you make it into the real world. For the first year, you're thrown together with a roommate not of your choice. By the second year, however, most students have formed their own circle of friends and can choose to live in neighboring dorm rooms to create the perfect dorm environment. If you do choose off-campus housing, you'll probably end up only slightly farther from classes than your dorm.

Many of the student-friendly apartments are in downtown State College, which is either a short walk or bus ride from campus. As you go farther out, the apartment sizes increase and rents decrease. It isn't uncommon for students to get townhouses around State College and commute to campus. This means you either have to bring your own car or become familiar with the bus schedule. The biggest advantage of living outside the dorms is the freedom it gives you. This can be a great learning experience. It is the first time many students have to deal with buying food, keeping up with bills, and maintaining their own place. While some would prefer to use their meal points in the dining commons rather than fight over whose turn it is to do the dishes, there is satisfaction in eating food you've cooked for yourself. Provided you're willing to take on the extra responsibility and alter your lifestyle a little, living off-campus can also be significantly cheaper than dorm life and meal plans.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as the school year begins. It is very difficult to figure out roommates and future plans, but the most popular apartments will be filled up by October and November.

Popular Areas
  • Beaver Avenue
  • Beaver Canyon, between Garner Street and Locust Lane
  • College Avenue
  • Downtown
Average Rents
  • 1 BR : $800
  • 2 BR : $1,500
  • House: $2,000
  • Studio : $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 418 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 420 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 74% 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.
  • 0% 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 416 responses

  • 18% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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