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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Much of the off campus housing seems to be more worth while than on-campus housing, cost wise. Personally, I actually was not able to get a place off-campus because of my financial aid package, but I have multiple friends who have pretty great apartments close off campus, paying less or around what I'm paying for much better living conditions. Of course, the walk to campus is an inconvenience, and students living off campus may be a bit disconnected from on-campus events and parties, but it seems off-campus housing may be worth it in terms of living conditions and cost.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing I've seen are very similar to each other, in location and style. Pricing seems to be reasonable.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: With the relative closeness of New York City, it is easy to find off campus housing. There are also the options of living in Bronxville or Yonkers. This gives many off-campus options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I dont have any personal experiences with this, however, it is a city very close to New York City, so housing is going to be expensive, small, with bad parking and it might be hard to get.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The freedom of living off campus is wonderful. It's great to have exposure to "real life" situations like the process of getting a lease.


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The major attraction of living off campus at any college is the chance to have your own room. But at SLC, getting a single is easy after your sophomore year. Students can stay on campus and enjoy all the privacy of an off-campus apartment without the hassle of transportation, bills, landlords, and isolation.

That being said, some students do relocate off campus after their freshman year. This is a popular move amongst transfer students who may not feel well-connected to the SLC community. Renting a room in Mount Vernon is undoubtedly more serene than sharing a kitchen counter with seven sloppy kids in Slonim Woods. In an off-campus apartment, you won’t be subject to SLC’s security guard invasions, but you may have neighbors who are less than tolerant of hearing Wavves blasted at odd hours of the night. If you’re considering living off campus, get in touch with SLC Housing for advice and area listings. Check the Internet and make some cold calls to get rates. Off-campus housing is not always cheaper than living on campus when transportation, food, and entertainment costs are factored in. If you’re going to drive from your apartment to campus, you’re going to need to buy a parking permit; if you’re coming from the city, you’ll need to pre-order bulk train tickets. Finally, ask yourself if you’re willing to sacrifice the tumultuous and often gratifying once-in-a-lifetime experience of living in a college dormitory.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester or even as early as late winter
Popular Areas
  • Mount Vernon
  • New Rochelle
  • White Plains
  • Yonkers
Average Rents
  • Studio: $900
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $2,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 31 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 32 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 34% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 44% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 6% 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 31 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 23% Somewhat helpful.
  • 71% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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