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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of off-campus housing around the school. Much cheaper than dorm housing

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I say bad because the surrounding streets off of RPI are very dangerous and the properties are clearly neglected. But the amount of money being saved is worth it all.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It can be difficult at times.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing off campus that is really reasonable as for price, but the problem is that you can't live off campus till being a junior.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of available off campus housing.


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Many students find it cheaper to live off campus after freshman year. Those that remain on campus usually do it for the convenience of having finance and food taken care of, and of course, being closer to everything. There are on-campus apartments available for upperclassmen, and these are definitely an option to consider-the convenience of having a place to cook, more privacy, and so forth, without the hassle of bills and having to drive or walk to campus everyday. However, prices for these are comparable to the rest of RPI's housing; you can definitely live more cheaply elsewhere.

If the bottom dollar is the bottom line for you, then you should definitely move off campus. Even the nicer apartments are usually cheaper than campus housing. Some students choose Greek life as an alternative, and this is especially an option if you're a guy; all the sororities are on campus, but some fraternities are located farther away. Over forty percent of RPI upperclassmen live off campus, so if you're planning on having your own place, it's best to start looking early-cheap and convenient housing can be at a premium, especially just before the fall and spring semesters when it seems like everyone's looking.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start right after winter break for a good apartment. If you don't care, you can get one through the end of spring.
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • Near campus
  • Surrounding towns
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $750
  • 3 BR: $900
  • 4 BR: $1,100
  • Studio: $500
Did You Know?
When looking for an apartment, try contacting a friend's landlord. Often they'll have another apartment available or have good suggestion of where to go.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 58 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 59 responses

  • 29% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 63% 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 58 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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