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Off-Campus Housing

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus. Living off-campus is a hassle. Rice provides information booklets that help you choose the best places to live off-campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you do your research, you can save a lot of money by going off-campus. However, most people prefer to live on campus because of convenience and the community.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are great homes and apartments in the surrounding areas, and many students choose to live off campus for more than just the typical one year.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is in a great neighborhood and very close to Rice.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know that much about off-campus housing except that the apartments near campus arent too far and are relatively nice.

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Many students attempt to stay on campus for their entire time at Rice because Rice’s social life is so focused on campus and within the college system. Some students feel that living off campus (referred to as "OC" or "deep OC," depending on where you live) cuts them off from their old social circles, making it hard for them to keep up with their friends or make new friends. Other students feel quite the opposite, seeing off-campus living as a breath of fresh air and a break from the monotony of campus living, the college system, the same social hangouts and activities, and the same parties. They have found off-campus life to be a very positive experience, and feel that it has widened their social circle and helped them to get out and explore Houston. 

As for the housing selections off campus, there is a huge variety to choose from, including actual houses, apartments, townhouses, garage apartments, and studio apartments. The area around Rice is the nicest in Houston. A range of prices are available, and apartments can be found very near to campus (a must if you will not have a car), as well as farther away. The online off-campus housing guide published every year is a very helpful resource to see what is currently available, and if you start looking early (a few months in advance), you should not have any problem finding a place to your liking.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
30%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,000
Best Time to Look for a Place
August or September
Popular Areas
  • Hermann Park
  • Inner Loop
  • Main Street
  • Med Center
  • Off of Greenbriar Street
  • University Place
  • West University Place
Average Rents
  • Studio: $588
  • 1 BR: $676
  • 2 BR: $863
  • House: $1,185

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 54 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 55 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 45% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 22% 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 54 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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