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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing close to campus is very expensive and very hard to come by, the quality is also not that great, and it is not very safe. Housing that is less expensive is found far away from campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Again, it's a small city so there are plenty of options but you'll pay more in the nicer areas and the closer you get to the campus, there are a lot of apartment building complexes that are safe close to campus

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No off campus options. Only option is on campus or getting your own apartment on your own terms

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive to get close to school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Non-commuters have to live on campus through junior year, which was no problem. Off campus choices are okay - it's a smallish city with nice, decent, and questionable areas.


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It is not hard to find off-campus housing at all. Most of the available off-campus housing sites are found within the surrounding blocks of campus. Upperclassmen are the likeliest group of students to stay off campus, as the College does not offer any off-campus complexes to higher-year students. Students will need to find their own apartment or place to live, which means they will not be paying the College to live there.

Even though some upperclassmen stay off campus, the majority of upperclassmen at Sage tends to stay on campus because all full-time undergraduate students are required to live in campus residence halls. Students either need to get special permission to live off campus or they need to be part-time students. Some of the perks to staying on campus include not fighting commuter parking, worrying less about safety, and not paying rent. The quality of off-campus housing is decent in the blocks around campus, but anything else is generally not high-quality at all. Off-campus housing is widely available during the summer and during the first few weeks of school. The nice housing complexes can become limited if people are satisfied with where they are staying. Off-campus housing is generally affordable if students decide to room with other students and split the cost; the price can range from $200 to $350 per month. Mostly, the College is easily accessible to students who choose to live off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start their off-campus housing search in the summer or at the very beginning of the fall semester. Many off-campus housing residences are available beginning in the summertime, and it is hard to find a place once winter starts. Also, the prices usually decrease when summer comes around because people know that students from Sage will be looking at the off-campus housing areas.
Popular Areas
  • First Street
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and its surrounding streets (8th Street, Sage Avenue, 15th Street)
  • Second Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $800
  • 4 or 5 BR: $1,500
  • House : $969

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

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  • 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 30 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 23% 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 29 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 31% Somewhat helpful.
  • 55% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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