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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Trying to find a cheap place is hard.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, on campus is more convenient

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus for two years. It was fun, but it was also dirty, and someone broke into our house when one of my roommates was home.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's one apartment complex that I believe is owned by the school and is technically off campus. A lot of older students just seem to prefer renting houses close to campus with their friends (which a lot of times can be cheaper than paying for on campus housing-which requires a meal plan), and I find that to be the preferential option.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live within walking distance

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For students who decide to make the move off campus, there are plenty of nearby areas to pick from. Craigslist is an easy way to look for a suitable place, or you can take a quick drive around various areas and look for signs and advertisements. Safety is an issue, but there are many houses within walking or biking distance of Rhodes that feel a bit more homey than areas farther into the city. If parents are concerned, some Rhodes staff members in the offices are even willing to check out an area and give an honest opinion on its security.

In many cases, living in an off-campus house or apartment is even cheaper than remaining in the dorms. The expense varies depending on the location; some houses in Mud Island and Germantown are much nicer but much more expensive than houses closer to campus. That's one reason why most students don't tend to venture out too far away from Rhodes. In general, though, it's not too difficult to find a nice and reasonably priced place to live if you decide you're ready for a place of your own. Just make sure you factor in the price of food and utilities, have someone look over your lease, and double-check the safety of the area.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Midtown
  • Mud Island
  • Overton Park
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,000
  • 4 BR: $1,300
  • House: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 36 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 39 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 54% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 10% 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 38 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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