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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't know anything about the off-campus housing options

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: the nicer ones and ones close to campus obviously rent out quicker. but tons of options and availablilties

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is generally much cheaper than off campus but many students still live off campus due to the lottery system. If the price and location are good it is definitely worth the money, but if none are available you may get stuck with something overpriced and completely out of the way.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I can't really say much but from what I have heard, off campus housing is not bad at all and a good number of rutgers students use that option.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is such a scam! Rockoff Hall charges $1000 per person to sleep in the same room. Its absurd. Other apartments charge an absurd amount per person utilities not included nor furniture. Rockoff might be the best option but the landlords are very sketchy and give off a con artist vibe. I do not trust them, not at all.

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Many students at Rutgers choose to live off campus after their freshman year. Primarily, they want a place they can live at during the summer and winter breaks, as well as a single room, private bathrooms, and a place to party without the watchful eyes of the RAs. There is a large surplus of housing available off campus, but it is always safe to start looking early in the second semester. The cleanest apartments and houses tend to get taken first. The longer you wait on your quest for an off-campus house, the grosser it may be. The best way to find a great off-campus house or apartment is to become friends with seniors who are graduating.

However, students who choose to live off campus have to deal with the security issues that come along with it. It is safer to live on campus where the residence halls are locked, unless a student opens the door with their student ID. Room and board fees also pay for maintenance problems making life a little bit easier and safer. Off-campus houses do not always have secure doors and windows, and landlords aren’t always quick to fix them—or the other things in the house that may break. Also, on-campus housing supplies you with a fast Ethernet connection, a desk, bed, and other amenities, and off-campus housing supplies you with an empty house.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
53%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$17,194
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Easton Avenue
  • Hamilton Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 3 BR: $1,220
  • 4BR: $1,620

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 264 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 262 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 256 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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