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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's average; there are nice places that are more expensive and very bad/unsafe areas that are dirt cheap. You just have to do your research.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus and have not tried to look for a place off campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: While I live off campus, I live further than most students at about 10 minutes out. I have noticed plenty of apartments, houses and townhouses near campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of available off campus housing very close to school

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is just like any other campus really, there is nothing special about this one.


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After some time in the dorms, you will be more than ready for a bathroom and bedroom of your own. A seemingly endless supply of apartment complexes and old houses surround campus. Be prepared to spend quite a bit on housing the closer to campus that you get. You'll pay more for a shorter walk.

Off-campus housing runs from about $250 to $350 on rent every month; some students find it necessary to get a job to pay for it all. The houses around campus were probably considered quite nice at some point in the 19th century, but after years of enduring house parties, some can feel more like tenaments than anything else. With Kentucky having a dry campus, the parties close to campus get a drenching in beer and sweat. The dry campus is nearly half the reason students tend to move off. If you're not interested in that kind of lifestyle, off campus may not be for you, but if you are, Lexington offers a plethora of options available for all your off-campus needs.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Royal Lexington
  • University Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,200
Did You Know?
  • Many students live in clusters in certain apartment complexes. Depending upon location and time of year, certain areas of Lexington are nearly completely filled with UK students. The older houses around campus are popular living choices for students spending their first year off campus. After generations of wear and tear from UK students, these houses can be less than desirable.
  • Housing options at UK are changing rapidly with the addition of new dorms and new lofted apartments close to campus. Check frequently to get the most recent listings.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 134 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 130 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% 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 134 responses

  • 19% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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