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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They are great and affordable

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't explored the off-campus housing options because I've only lived in the dorms, but just from looking online out of curiosity, the prices look really good. And there are so many cute houses in Lawrence close to campus that would be an excellent choice for a group of friends splitting the rent. I think all of the neighborhoods in Lawrence are all very safe too so I'd never feel worried about safety.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments and old houses for students to rent at all price levels

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You get more freedom, but without a car your dining, shopping, and entertainment choices are limited.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lawrence has lots of apartments like Legends Place or The Connection that offer lots of amenities. There are also town homes that offer lots of perks as well. If you want to you there are always houses to rent with friends. I recommend living in a house or town homes because of more space and less noise and in my case lower cost. Lawrence isn't very big so commuting to class shouldn't take more than 15 minutes by car and less than 30 minutes by bus if you're at The Connection. The buses are very nice and really the rides to off campus housing by bus is usually less than 20 minutes. You'll have to look for housing on your own because the union holds an open house type thing but really you're on your own but it isn't hard at all and everyone in the community is used to all the students and are very helpful.


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Most students move off campus after living in the dorms their freshman year. Lawrence definitely caters to students who want to live off campus, and most students agree that finding somewhere to live off campus is convenient and affordable.

One of the most popular student-dominated off-campus areas is affectionately called the “student ghetto.” While houses here are usually pretty old and can have a few problems, students prefer this area because it’s within walking distance to campus and the bars and restaurants of downtown Lawrence and Massachusetts Street. More expensive living is also available for students willing to pay for it. The Legends Place Apartments are some of the priciest in Lawrence but are extremely nice and new. However, these apartments are not near campus, which is something many students look for when getting a place. The freedom of living off campus is refreshing for students after living with the rules and regulations of the dorms.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before or around spring break
Popular Areas
The Oread, also deemed the "student ghetto," is a student-dominated area that includes Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee streets between 8th and 17th.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $400
Did You Know?
There are three housing cooperatives in Lawrence that have room for eight to 30 residents. The co-ops are the Sunflower House, the Ad Astra House, and the Olive House.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 186 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 186 responses

  • 30% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 2% 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 184 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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