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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great housing options in University Park/Highland Park.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nice from what I've seen

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: University park/ highland park is super expensive, and so is uptown.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Because the apartment complexes near campus know that most SMU students are rich, so the prices for apartments near campus are insanely expensive. And the ones that are cheaper are in sketchy neighborhoods.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: living on campus is awful, living off campus is great if you can find a reasonably priced place. Not many cheap 1 bedrooms

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Dallas has a vast selection of areas and complexes to live in, as well as a vast selection of price ranges. A large number of students choose to live off campus their sophomore through senior years, and their parents purchase condos or apartments for them. Living off campus has several benefits: freedom from RAs and rules, privacy, a real place to call `home,' and not having to answer to school officials in general. When the time comes to start looking for housing, students do not have to arduously look around Dallas. Most students consistently pick the same complexes every year, and many of them are located here in the Park Cities. There are townhouses, houses, and apartment complexes on every corner and side of the campus, all of which are reasonably priced and comfortable. Once you venture out onto the expressway towards the Downtown, Knox-Henderson, and McKinney areas, the price range skyrockets. Because Dallas is such an urban and chic city, the cost of living is a bit higher, especially around areas of high traffic and business. However, since SMU is located in a college-friendly atmosphere, affordable housing is not difficult to track down.

Many students that live nearby can still walk to class. On the other hand, the farther you go, the earlier you will have to wake up to drive to class and park. Parking is a hassle at this school, so you will have to wake up maybe an hour or so before your class time just to secure a spot on the top level of the garage. If you enjoy rolling out of bed 10 or 15 minutes before class, living off campus is not for you. Another bonus of living off campus is that other SMU students will most likely live around you, too.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Middle of second semester
Popular Areas
  • The Carlyle
  • The Gables
  • The Lofts at Mockingbird Station
  • The Palomar
  • The Phoenix
  • The Remington Signature Point
  • The Shelby
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • Studio: $700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 85 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 84 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% 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.
  • 0% 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 84 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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