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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anyone who lives off-campus because it's expensive and not widely available.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Very few people live off campus & I'm unaware about the particulars of what it's like.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus; there are good facilities and locations for upperclassmen

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Options – The offcampus housing is a great option for upperclassmen at Princeton.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Limited Selection – There's very few choices for off campus housing, and they are more expensive compared to on- campus housing. Most students live on campus.


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Students cannot elect to live off campus until junior year, so most students grow accustomed to the daily housekeeping service in communal dorm areas, particularly bathrooms and hallways, during their freshman and sophomore years. Because Princeton is such an affluent town, particularly in the areas surrounding the campus, off-campus housing is not financially feasible to the majority of the undergraduate population.

To find an affordable option, students would need access to a car, which is still problematic, because parking near the academic buildings is close to non-existent. Once students find off-campus housing, they would have to install necessary features that are provided in on-campus housing, such as Ethernet, and then they would have to cope with the utter isolation of living off-campus. Basically, it is not worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Princeton
  • Princeton Junction
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,570
  • Studio: $825

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 26 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 8% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 31% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 58% 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 26 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 23% Somewhat helpful.
  • 54% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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