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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are great but I've never been in an apartment.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Like any town, the housing varies. Some are very expensive (downtown especially), for not the best quality housing (very loud, always smells like weed, etc).

If you live off campus, it's important to live near a bus line so you can avoid paying for a parking pass. There are many options (1-4 bedroom) for varied costs (usually $350-700 a person).

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet had to find off campus housing but have received multiple emails and brochures about the various living places around the university. They seem to be close and affordable.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I personally love where I have lived for the last three years. It is a quieter community and not like the "glorified dorms" that many of the apartment complexes are. It's affordable, nice, and I only have to have one roommate instead of three.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of options for off-campus housing, both in student-oriented apartment complexes and neighborhood houses. Some of the apartment complexes are more like resorts than apartments in terms of amenities, but some are very normal or low end. There's a place to live for everyone.


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Since 2004, UGA freshman have been required to live in the dorms, but even before that, most freshmen chose to live on campus anyway. Nevertheless, there are many off-campus housing offerings for students of all types. The first thing you should know is that Athens has an extremely low cost of living. Whether you choose to live in an apartment, a condo, or a rented home, very few places cost more than $400 a month with a few roommates. Plus, the Athens Transit bus comes to many popular apartment complexes, so you don’t necessarily have to have a car to live off campus.

Most apartment complexes are designed with students in mind and offer individual leases so that there is minimal arguing among roommates as to how much each owes in rent. There are one- to four-bedroom apartments all around town.
Some complexes offer fully-furnished apartments, which include a sofa, kitchen table, chairs, beds, desks, bedside tables, and chest of drawers in each bedroom, but you will still probably want to bring some furniture of your own. The best thing about apartment living is the amenities—many complexes have a pool, small gym, tennis courts, a clubhouse, computer labs, and sometimes even memberships to local gyms and tanning beds.

Your best bet, though, is to find a home or a condo for rent. These are generally much better deals than apartments and include more living space and backyards. Many local real estate developers own multiple properties to rent out, so it's all very professional, and there are many homes to choose from. The best places to look for a rented home is in Athens’ alt-weekly Flagpole Magazine and on Craigslist.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Campus Lodge
  • Down Riverbend Road (which contains Riverbend Club, Aspen, and College Park)
  • Polo Club
  • River Club down Macon Highway
  • River Mill
  • The Reserve
  • Whistlebury
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $300
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 3 BR: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 216 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 216 responses

  • 42% 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.
  • 3% 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 215 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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