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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to live off campus near the school. They tend to be pretty cost-efficiant, but you cant find them online.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The choices are few and pricy.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing is very close to the school, right on the edge of campus which is definitely a plus. Housing is also ridiculously cheap which is fantastic, but to some degree, you do get what you pay for. Houses/apartments are not the best, but when you consider that one college group after another has been moving in on and off for 20+ years, they're really not that bad.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The town is pretty safe and offer a lot of off campus options for students. A majority of the housing options are NOT pet friendly. Quality definitely increases with cost, but overall you can find a pretty decent first apartment/house for a good price. Most landlords in town are friendly and reasonable.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's so cheap! I'm living in a 3 bedroom apartment next year which costs $450 total. So I'll be paying $150 a month!

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Kirksville is an excellent place for students to get their feet wet before the dive into complete independence, and rent will never run them dry. It's very uncommon for off-campus undergraduates to live alone, and one person's share of rent (including utilities) is almost never more than $275. There isn't too much luxury here, but most apartments are fairly new, with working facilities and not a whole lot of wear and tear. If a student chooses a house, the range is a little broader. Crickety porches and peeling paint are not uncommon, but as long as they're still standing, they're a pretty good investment.

If you are awarded a room-and-board scholarship, living on campus is obviously free, but if you choose to move, the University will give a per-semester stipend. However, remember that the freedom that an apartment allows is curbed by the responsibility of grocery shopping, cooking your own meals, and cleaning. However, since Truman is a dry campus, a house or apartment is the way to go if you want to throw parties. It's very important to thoroughly check out the fine print of the contract and the real condition of facilities before you sign anything. Don't let a smooth-talking landlord fool you into accepting a dripping faucet or a 12-month deal that will force you to pay while you're home for the summer.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late fall for the following fall
Popular Areas
  • Behind Centennial Hall
  • North of Normal Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $250
  • 1 BR: $300
  • 2 BR: $485
  • 3 BR: $700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 69 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 69 responses

  • 43% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 1% 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 68 responses

  • 3% Extremely helpful.
  • 37% Somewhat helpful.
  • 60% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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