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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords suck, however the places off campus are very unique and cool. The landlords are not good about fixing anything so you have to look at the off campus place you're living to see if its messed up at all

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The process is pretty average. Only wished that off-campus housing was open to Sophomores.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus but as Providence is small, off campus housing will still be close from campus.

4 Recent Alumnus


4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: providence has various apt options, both on the east side and the west side. the apts have nice character as the architecture of new england houses are beautiful with detailed wood work. it tends to be more spacious and affordable than on campus housing as well. it is also very easy and convenient to use a bicycle as primary mode of transportation. both neighborhoods offer restaurants and cafes and outdoor spaces to enjoy


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Most students who live off campus swear that it’s the only way to go, while those who stay on campus note the convenience and proximity to school. Making the housing decision is something that every student has to face after freshman year. It’s important to remember that you can enter the lottery, withdraw, and only lose a small deposit, so sometimes, the safest idea is to consider both options, and then pick the best situation of the two.

Contrary to popular belief, it is generally cheaper to live off campus than in school housing. However, off-campus living costs can skyrocket if utilities are not included in the rent. Many students end up paying hefty heat bills in the winter, so it is important to talk to the previous tenants to get an idea of how the apartment is kept by the landlord and what kind of bills to expect. Apartments that are within a 10-minute walking distance from the main part of campus and that include heat in the rent will be a much better deal and a much more comfortable place to live than school housing. It’s true that some landlords are unscrupulous, but RISD has a lawyer service that will look over students’ leases to let them know if they are being taken advantage of. Even though there is going to be more student housing available, off-campus housing is necessary for most RISD kids. If you are willing to shop around and get defensive about what kind of deal you are getting, then not only will you be fine, you’ll probably live very happily and comfortably with as much heat and utilities as you need. In many cases, it takes RISD just as long, if not longer, to get around to fixing little broken things than a real landlord. The downside is that the closer you want to be to campus, the more you’ll have to pay.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Winter session, spring session
Popular Areas
  • Benefit Street
  • Thayer Street
  • Wickenden Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • Studio: $550

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 19 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 20 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% 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.
  • 5% 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 20 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 10% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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