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Off-Campus Housing


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Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pretty decent, but a car is necessary, as is a job.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: the choices of apartments are pretty good but they are either too expensive or too far from campus or not very nnice

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its nice if you are 100% positive that you want to stay there finding someone to take your lease is nearly impossible.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: SRU sends out emails to students constantly near the ending of each semester and often have tables for information and posters on campus about off campus housing. The institution has a great system for releasing as much information and contact with the students as possible.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off- campus housing complexes are extremely nice and updated but they are outrageously expensive. Because it is so unreasonable, a lot of students stay on campus. The off-campus prices are ridiculous.


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There are plenty off-campus housing options in and around the Slippery Rock area. Most students rave about the freedom of off-campus living with the absence of Community Assistants (CAs) and dry campus restrictions. While the cost of living is much lower and students are not contracted to meal plans, the off-campus option has some drawbacks. Usually, if you want to go this route, you must find one or more roomies to join you, otherwise, you will be stuck living in off-campus dormitories like Towers or Summit. The housing market in Slippery Rock has been booming in recent years with the opening of several apartment complexes where students can choose to live in luxury. And, when compared to universities where open land is a rare commodity, the rural setting at SRU makes for some cheap rents compared to some schools in Pittsburgh. Many SRU students up the ante on rent to get a taste of luxury at The Heights, which opened in fall 2008, and The Ivy, which opened in fall 2007. There’s also Stone Crest Apartments, which opened in fall 2007. The South Rock Apartments are also a great option for students who want something a little more upscale. Students who don’t want to go the apartment route can split the rent on local houses. Many of are old with maintenance problems, but once in a while, you can find a great deal.

Some popular off-campus apartments include Campus Side, Pine Glen (Kiester), Martha Rose, and Cooper Street Apartments. All of these typical apartments are affordable—the more rent you pay per person, the better quality the apartment is. Campus Side students agree that the security and value of living is a great plus. Kiester Apartments are cheap but not very desirable. It seems that students commonly pay their security deposit and deface the property as they wish. One positive of the Kiester Apartments is there's always a party somewhere on weekends. There are a few important things to remember before signing a lease anywhere—some apartments are not furnished, some do not include utilities or water in the rent, and you should always check out a place before you sign away your hard-earned paycheck. You don’t always get what you pay for.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early! Apartment searches are very competitive. Some places, like The Ivy, offer special discounts and give-a-ways if you turn in an early deposit. Do your research to find the apartment that best suits your needs.
Popular Areas
  • Cooper Street
  • Pine Glen (Kiester)
  • South Rock Apartments
  • The Heights Apartments
  • The Ivy Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
SRU's student housing has experienced a big boom in the past couple years. New apartment complexes have been popping up all over town. Most of these up-scale complexes allow students to live in beautiful housing for cheaper than the cost of the new residential suites on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 94 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 94 responses

  • 29% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% 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 95 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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