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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: LOVE The Retreat.. Pricing a little ridiculous

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing choices, but if you want something good that's close by you need to apply early in the year. I applied by October and was originally wait listed.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of great places to live off-campus with reasonable cost. Not too expensive at all. Most come furnished or have the option. There is a variety of places as well..Most all very nice inside. Not outdated at all. Easy to find somewhere to lvie for sure.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The Woodlands are ratchet, The Lofts is kinda ratchet, the Retreat is really nice, and Campus Evolution Villages is really nice.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Student living apartments are all around Tuscaloosa and are easy to lease and find! The have booths in the Ferguson center at the end of the year to give information as well! All are very safe and great quality.

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Finding off-campus housing is easy. There are many apartment complexes and houses located within walking distance of campus. Most are located right behind the Strip, so students can walk to class and the bars, restaurants, and grocery store. Off-campus housing can be close to the price of living on campus if you look in the right places. However, watch out for companies that try to take advantage of students. Living off campus has its ups and downs. It gives students individual time and more freedom to do whatever they please. However, this freedom costs money. There are many places that have low rent, but it's the utilities that end up costing the most.

The University Downs is a popular apartment complex and is fairly inexpensive, but it's not the closest to campus. Students have to wake up earlier for class since traffic can be hectic, but most don't mind because the freedom makes up for it. The University also owns some apartments that are located next to the stadium. But don't wait too late to find your dream house because the good ones are taken fast in Tuscaloosa. If off-campus living is what you choose, be prepared to leave early for class, unless you live close enough to walk.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Preston Place
  • The University Downs
  • University Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $950
  • 4 BR: $1,200
  • Studio: $350

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 264 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 268 responses

  • 32% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 263 responses

  • 42% Extremely helpful.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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