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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had the luxury of living off campus yet but there are lots of nice places nearby. From my experience I have heard that CollegeTown is the worst place to stay. I think a lot of people choose to stay in Westmar or other housing places near Georgia State.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't stayed off campus but I do have friends that live in off campus housing and its definitely not the move. Well at least not the ones in close proximity to the school.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you decide to live, off campus can either be amazing or a huge hassle.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off canpus housing has its advantages. There are obviously no visitation rules. Many people have parties. Cons include having to pay bills, buy your own food, etc. There is alot of available housing around campus for pretty good prices. They aren't the safest neighborhoods, but they are occupied only by college students, so no annoying old neighbors calling the cops because of loud music.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Safer places to live are farther from the school


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Living off campus is an excellent option for students after their first year. Spelman cannot guarantee housing for upperclasswomen, so it helps when a certain percentage take the plunge and move off the grounds. As with restaurants, there are living accommodations in Atlanta to fit all tastes. There are loft-style apartments for one, two, and three people, two-bedroom townhouses, homes for rent, and boarding houses within walking distance of the school or a short drive away. Many students believe that living off campus saves money, though this can be debated. Some students live in posh downtown apartments, and when you add rent, utilities, gas, entertainment, and dining, you might find you are spending more. There is something to be said, however, for the freedom and responsibility you gain once off campus. Start your search early, as some of the more popular apartment complexes may have a waiting list. You have to make an extra effort once you are off campus to stay plugged in to the day-to-day activities, since, if you only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the connection you have as a Spelmanite may start to fade. On the positive side, this will give you a chance to explore all that Atlanta has to offer. Balance is the key to a healthy and productive living situation while at Spelman. If you can achieve that off campus, then you should go for it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look is during the school year and early in the summer months. Many apartment complexes have move-in specials for the summer, but it is important to get an early start since many students are competing for off-campus housing that is near the Atlanta University Center.
Popular Areas
  • Camp Creek Parkway
  • Cascade
  • Castleberry Hill
  • Howell Mill area
  • Midtown
  • Piedmont Park area
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 4 BR: $1,200
Did You Know?
Many students that attend Spelman live in the Cascade area if they do not live within five minutes of the campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 63 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 64 responses

  • 16% 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.
  • 9% 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 65 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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