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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I heard the Friedman's are alright, they are building a new wing of them close to the Quad.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey, limited in options, plus Smith residential life only allows seniors to live off-campus, and you have to apply for permission.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about finding or applying for off-campus housing. I've heard it's pretty hard to find, but maybe less expensive overall than living on campus. If you do live on campus you must buy Smith's meal plan, so that would be one big reason to find housing elsewhere. Some off-campus locations are just as close to campus as the houses are.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most everyone lives on campus. It's a bitch to get off campus housing.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Northampton is pretty expensive and it is a lot better to be involved in the houses than not in terms of campus life!

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The College discourages students from living off campus because it sees residential life as an integral part of the Smith experience, and the majority of Smithies live on campus all four years. However, the off-campus population is growing and includes local students who choose to live at home during their time at Smith, as well as a number who have been granted permission to live off campus because of special circumstances. Off-campus status is usually granted by a lottery to traditional-aged students, usually seniors, who have lived in campus houses for at least two years and have a legitimate reason to live off campus.

However, it seems like Smith students rarely want to live off campus because rent can be really steep. It is also difficult to find apartment buildings close to campus, so having a car is integral to making living off campus possible. A cheaper option is to rent rooms in private residences. However, this does not really work for students looking for more privacy by moving off campus. Students looking for more independent, private living options usually elect to live in Friedman, which are on-campus apartments. These house four students each and have a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and three or four bedrooms.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
There is no specific time-things open up all the time.
Popular Areas
  • Deerfield
  • Florence
  • Northampton
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $860
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,300

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 62 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 61 responses

  • 5% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 11% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 56% 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 61 responses

  • 3% Extremely helpful.
  • 15% Somewhat helpful.
  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 23% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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