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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I plan on living at an apartment next year and looking for good ones are difficult if you don't start early (October-November). I have seen some splendid buildings that are a bit pricey but worth it. There are many places that have great amenities and are ideal for college students. Although apartments that are located farther away from campus are not only inconvenient, but are also unsafe. The neighborhoods outside the campus area look a little sketchy.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I think there are options close to campus not considered on campus that are worth it. Usually just somewhat old apartments or converted houses. Usually $300-500 per person, while on campus it might be $500-1000 per person. Usually better landlords than campus leasing agencies who do not value student residents in their many apartment complexes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of landlords varies greatly, so do your research before signing a lease. Campustown Rentals and Roland Realty are known as very reliable realtors, and it's not difficult to find an apartment near campus. As always, rent will go down as the buildings get farther from campus and the rooms get smaller.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know, almost everyone lives on campus.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus

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Most students at U of I will tell you that off-campus housing is the only way to go after freshman year—if you're not already living in a Greek house, of course. Living in the dorms for four years is just not an option for most people, not just because of the “dork” stigma, but also because it is not necessary or financially smart. There are housing options all over campus, and most of them are closer to the Quad than the dorms are—and virtually all are much cheaper This housing generally comes with a parking space and air conditioning. Most importantly, it gives residents the option of hosting parties and offers residents more space and privacy.

Even if you are still sharing a room, you won’t have to wear flip-flops in the shower or eat with 300 other people. Some people might still choose to buy a meal package, but most people are more than willing to cook their own meals for a change. On the other hand, the newest, nicest apartments can be costly. You might have to choose between a cheap, ugly apartment and a chic but expensive one. The only thing you should not settle for is a bad landlord. The Student Tenant Union is there for this very reason. Before you even rent an apartment, you should check with the Tenant Union to see if the apartment or landlord has had complaints filed against them. If so, you probably don’t want to live there. Also, if you do end up with a bad landlord, you can go to the Union and complain. They will tell you your rights and help you with any housing questions.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
October/November (beginning of first semester)
Popular Areas
  • Fourth Street
  • Green Street
  • Mattis Avenue
  • Wright Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 201 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 200 responses

  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% 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 202 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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