Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Much better than on campus, but sometimes slightly inconvenient with being off the meal plan and needing a car to get to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some housing options that are kind of off campus, but since we are surrounded by the highway and woods there are not many options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally don't live in off-campus housing, but friends of mine that do say it is really nice.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Finding some where to live off campus and not at home is very difficult and expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many of my friends love living off campus. It is much cheaper than living on and you still have the option of participating on campus then going back to a cozy home life. I plan to live off campus junior year.

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Off-campus housing is cheaper than living in the dorms, but many students say it can be hard to find a good place to live off campus. There isn’t any off-campus housing within walking distance of the main campus, so be prepared to drive at least 10 minutes to get to class. There is commuter parking available at Rider, but it is always full, so you'll need to arrive early to campus to get a spot.

The benefits of living on campus are that you won't have to worry about parking and it is easier to make friends, but there are benefits to living off campus, as well. The main one is that it teaches you responsibility before you head out into the "real world." You'll get to learn how to manage your money, and you’ll get to cook what you want (and perfect your cooking skills!). Generally, it probably makes the most sense to live on campus your freshman and sophomore years, and then move off campus when you’re a junior or senior.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
44%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
12%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,600
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
Did You Know?
The Office of Off Campus Living is there to assist students who commute or want to live off campus. It provides resources such as budget worksheets, apartment listings, and safety tips.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 67 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 68 responses

  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% 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.
  • 18% 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 68 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 41% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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