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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The locals are typically very friendly to live amongst. The houses are all essentially the same 1950s cookie-cutter layout, and most monthly rent costs range from about $450 - $550 per person. There are plenty of options, and all of them are very close to the school. You can save a lot of money living off-campus as an upperclassman.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the houses are huge and beautiful!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of food on Route 1!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are always posts about many of the houses in the neighborhoods surrounding campus, and they are going to be done construction on Campus Town this summer which will provide much more off-campus housing very close to campus

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: some places are ok but the area closest to campus is not the greatest


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Though many juniors and seniors prefer to live on campus in TCNJ's apartment buildings and townhouses, a sizeable number also seek housing elsewhere. Whether it is to gain more independence and flexibility between social and academic lives or to cut back on costs of tuition, TCNJ students find off-campus housing a convenient and often practical option. Ewing, N.J. offers plenty of options. Many apartment associations can be searched via the rent search engines and listing sites. This is also true for houses.

Most students find it prudent and comfortable to split costs among four or more people. There are availabilities outside of Ewing, as well, in towns such as Lawrenceville, Hamilton, Morrisville, and the city of Trenton. Costs per individual usually end up in the affordable bracket of $450 to $500 a month, plus utilities. This usually comes out to less than what room and board cost at TCNJ, along with the meal plan, and it allows for a place to stay during the winter and summer breaks, too.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Places are usually available all of the time; however, the best times to look for an option are mid- and late spring. Usually, houses are filled by the summer preceding the new fall semester. For those looking to sublease for six months, it is advisable to look early to mid-fall.
Popular Areas
  • Hamilton
  • Lawrenceville
  • The most popular areas are usually in the immediate vicinity of TCNJ: Ewingville Road, Pennington Road, Parkway Avenue, and their tributaries.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 3 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 72 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 72 responses

  • 19% 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.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 71 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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