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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: GREAT! Frat houses, Sorority houses, Student apartments, Student houses on campus! Regular Dorms for freshman!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have to allow more time to arrive on campus and plan ahead for what you need to have because you cannot run back to your room as quickly as on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but from what I hear, the off-campus living is great!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: there are several apartment complexes nearby that are affordable and close to campus. unfortunately we cannot move off until we are 21 years old.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus options. Some pricey, but some reasonable.


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Samford requires its students to live on campus until they are 21 years of age. Understandably, exceptions can be made, but overall this rule promotes unity, with students living in close proximity to one another. It is hard to imagine how at home one can feel at Samford without actually living there.

Birmingham is a family-friendly city, so there are numerous safe neighborhoods that are welcoming to college students. Simply living with roommates cuts down on individual costs, making off-campus living quite affordable. Certain apartment complexes offer student discounts, as well. Some students even lease houses, making for perfect bachelor pads. Houses are usually for those who enjoy cooking their own food whenever they like or for those who want to be out on their own a little earlier than their friends. This would also be a great opportunity for them to buy pets, for fish are the only acceptable animals in campus dormitories.  

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for an apartment would probably be right before the school year starts, toward the end of summer. That way, the season is closing anyway, so people may be moving out, and you will not have to stress over buying books during your house hunting.
Popular Areas
  • Homewood
  • The Summit
Average Rents
1BR apartment: $700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 37 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 38 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 16% 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 38 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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