Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I cannot give input because I commute to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: its close to campus still, but the houses are old and it can be expensive. but better than a dorm!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I heard it is better but you have to be smart with everything around you

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are nice, but that is because the area is not the best. You definitely have to be careful where you live off campus

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Uptown and UEdge run the majority of off-campus apartments and have absurd rates and parking costs. Parking is a huge issue with off-campus living. Houses are cheaper and old.

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If you want to be in touch with the University community but don't want to live in a dorm your entire college career, off-campus housing is right for you. The apartments around campus are what you would expect: a little rundown but sufficient for the price you pay. In most cases, the neighborhoods around UC are full of college students, so it can sometimes be hard to study if your housemates or neighbors are the partying type. Parties tend to get a little rowdy at the beginning and end of the school year and on certain holidays such as St. Patty's, Halloween, and Cinco de Mayo. The best part about off-campus housing is there are so many options for places to live. It's also a great opportunity to make friends, and you're still close enough to UC to get involved on campus. It can be hard to meet people if you are only on campus for classes.

The downside to living off campus is security—or lack thereof. At night, the streets surrounding UC can be a scary area, and it's best not to walk alone when you are more susceptible to being mugged or attacked, which is not all that uncommon here. However, if you utilize the shuttle and safety services provided by the University or walk with a buddy, it's not so scary.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
81%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
26%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,214
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most students start arranging their housing in June, when leases from the previous academic year are over. For the best rates and apartments, it's better to get an apartment early, but there are still options open throughout the school year for transfer students or students who start later in the academic year.
Popular Areas
  • Ohio Avenue and its side streets
  • Streets off West Clifton Avenue
Average Rents
  • Studio: $430
  • 1 BR: $520
  • 2 BR: $740
  • 3 BR: $805
  • 4 BR: $1,220

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 192 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 189 responses

  • 22% 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.
  • 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 188 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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