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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of houses that are directly located around campus, which are more expensive but often times they are bigger and can fit more people in them (driving the prices down). The other options is in the Manyunk which tends to be cheaper, but it requires students to drive to campus as it is a 10-15 car ride away. Parking in Manyunk is atrocious, but it has access to the main strip which is an huge pro for the weekends. Housing around campus is generally safe with some spotty areas that can be a little more rough.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most off campus housing is very close to campus, but the area around campus is not the safest. It is nice to have freedom in off campus housing, but on campus housing offers a more simple lifestyle. Costs are pretty average and you get what you pay for. Most of the time, the landlords are pretty cool and just want their rent checks.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I did not live off campus freshman year.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Manayunk is the best place to live. It is so fun

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Manayunk is the best place to live. It is so fun


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Some juniors are staying on campus thanks to the new buildings and townhouses, which free up a lot more off-campus apartments. Living in an off-campus house can be tough because so many in the area are large and require many roommates, which brings the added stress of sharing a kitchen and one or two bathrooms with multiple people. Students need to make the decision whether the added space, freedom, and potential fun of an off-campus house is worth it. On the other hand, apartment life is generally cheaper and you usually have to pay fewer utilities.

St. Joe's is helpful in its own way by holding housing fairs and posting a bulletin board of available places, people looking for roommates, and other assorted announcements. In the housing office, there is a color-coded map that shows areas around St. Joe's that the University has deemed safe and unsafe for students to live. The Housing Office has the students' best interests in mind, but recently the office has done a lot more policing of students than assisting them with finding housing. It's becoming increasingly difficult to live off campus, yet close to campus. The key to finding a good place is to check out the neighborhood and the landlord's background. Also, talk to people who lived in the complex or area. Students are always the best and most honest judges.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as possible
Popular Areas
  • 63rd Street
  • Manayunk
  • Overbrook Farms
  • Presidential
Average Rents
  • Studio: $625
  • 1 BR: $690
  • 2 BR: $875

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 65 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 67 responses

  • 24% 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.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 67 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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