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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartment complexes nearby welcoming UCR students.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its better than living on campus. Its more convenient because they have furniture and utilities and everything in the apartment. little cheaper than on campus but more luxurious and new.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a pretty big variety of off campus housing at UCR, however, only some of them are worth the money or aren't located in a shady area of town.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is great, they are many places around campus. The cost of the housing for the most part is good. My only concern would be the safety.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off campus housing

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Off-campus apartments are typically less expensive and feature greater vacancies than their on-campus counterparts. The farther away from campus, the cheaper the lodgings, but staying close allows for opportunities like easy walking/cycling distance or faster bus routes.

Most off-campus housing facilities are relatively decent, but a few are indeed dilapidated and old. The crime rate isn't the lowest, either, especially farther downtown. When looking for a place to live, exchanging information with other students or alumni is the best way to learn about living options around campus, like the best and worst places along with the best and worst deals. The minimum necessity for management is to stay in business and on the right side of the law, and actually caring for tenants can fall to the wayside. Overall, it's recommended to be on the lookout for the right place and keep an open mind toward friends' and acquaintances' opinions.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students interested in living in a house should wait until July or August. Students who want to live in the more conventional off-campus apartments should start looking in April or May.
Popular Areas
  • Box Springs
  • Canyon Crest
  • Grand Marc
  • Sterling Palms
  • UV Towers
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • 4 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
  • The Riverside Police Department strictly enforces all parking regulations. Make sure ample legal parking exists at your housing unit.
  • Off-campus students are expected to adhere to the University's code of student conduct.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 230 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 230 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 231 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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