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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus. I know they do have a variety of options to choose from though. I have heard from different people and different places different things. Some have small availability.. the nice ones anyways.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to get off the waitlist for the off campus housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Need more options that are relatable for students.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The University sets up fairs where students can visit and meet landlords, rental companies, etc to visit the possibility of living off-campus. Off-campus living is sometimes pricey but worth it because of the freedom you have and it helps make you more of an adult.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Based on what I have seen from friends who reside in off-campus housing, it looks wonderful!

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On-campus housing for upperclassmen is restricted to three buildings on campus. As a result, a large number of upperclassmen move off campus after their freshman year. However, this is not a big issue because the University owns a large amount of property surrounding campus and rents it out to students—there are usually four people per house. Other than houses, University Village and University Park apartments are available to students, and they offer shuttle service between the apartments and the main campus. There are also apartment complexes and housing establishments a few miles from campus, though students do need a car in order to live there. While rent is certainly more expensive than living on campus, there is plenty of space available, and the University holds a renters fair every spring to alert students to available spaces.

Most students live off campus after their freshman year, and only about a quarter of the total student body lives on campus. Most students are able to find housing within a couple of miles of the main campus. Making this housing choice offers students more independence and a look into "real world" living. For students who stay on campus, the major draw is the meal plan and the ability to sleep a little more without worrying about being late to classes. On the whole, off-campus housing is extremely popular and widely available at SU.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
60%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
17%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,466
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students planning to rent homes or apartments should start looking during the spring semester so they can secure suitable housing options close to campus and within acceptable price ranges.
Popular Areas
  • Camden Avenue houses
  • Cynthia Place is a popular housing establishment. Offering three bedroom townhomes, it is located within walking distance of campus.
  • The Seasons townhouses on Riverside Drive are specifically geared towards students.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • House: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 81 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 80 responses

  • 31% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 82 responses

  • 39% Extremely helpful.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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