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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school locks you into a 2 year on campus contract meaning you HAVE to live in the overpriced crappy dorms (they only show you the good dorms during tours or the good rooms that students pimped up and volunteered to show off; very misleading to potential students). The school, from what I hear, is requiring ALL incoming freshman next year to purchase the unlimited meal plan which costs like $600 extra. Most freshman, girls have trouble finishing the 150 meal plan. Most guys have trouble finishing 275. The unlimited ONLY allows you to eat at the all you can eat place (which has limited serving hours). So generally, even big eaters will only eat twice a day here since its all you can eat. You also wont eat here every day because you get sick of the food thats served with little variety every day and go off campus to eat or buy groceries. Do the math...EVER IF you at their every single day: 16 wks in a semester x 7 days a wk x 2 meals a day = 224 meals. Why in gods name are they forcing the unlimited plan *now*? MONEY. The school is on the down slide and everything they do now-a-days is to nickel and dime the students. They've already shrunk the cup sizes in HALF at the nest. You also CANNOT use your unlimited meal plan at the nest; only at the all u can eat. So if you need food on the go...SORRY, you need to use extra money or spend your limited flex dollars.

Now you cannot spend the meals YOU paid for to feed your friends either (whether you are on the unlimited plan or not). It is considered an honor violation to my knowledge. You have 5 guest meals per semester, thats it. Its really dumb you cannot spend the money you pay for on your friends.

As for the UMW divest thing i talked abouits all over the news, and to look up the several videos posted online. Its ironic UMW loves to exploit/sell the image of civil disobedience (J. Farmer) but arrests students who do the same for PEACEFULLY protesting.

This school is fake. They sell an image, not a product.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally would not know since I live on campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus, so I am not sure. Hoping to live off campus one day.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Won't give me the correct catagory so ill write it here.

but straight from the UMW dept of music fb page: "the administration has immediately suspended the Art and Music Education degrees here at the University of Mary Washington and will not even teach out the remaining students..." The rest of the quote was just tellingthe students to complain to the appropriate people and listing their contacts.

There are severe budget cuts everywhere since, imo, so many students transfer out and they lose students to other schools. The school says "state budget cuts" but I highly doubt it considering the state, to my knowledge, never funded state schools that much ever anyways.

The school changed its budget policy for its clubs so now, to my understanding, clubs are funded "more" equally. For example, according to an article in the Blue and Grey press had a budget of 100,000 to 200,000. Now its been reduced to 9,000...to make things more equal for all clubs. Sounds fair, right? But the thing is, the school never really funded any of the other clubs anyways. Yes, they could technically fund the clubs, but 99% of the time they dont and theres a like 20 page rules and reg online on when you can get funding. So basically, no, you're not gonna get funding. So now, with this new policy, NO clubs are going to get funds from the school. It pisses me off, not that the school doesnt fund the clubs, but that the school (like during tours) says clubs can get funded (technically they CAN) but it never happens.

Most recently, the mens rugby team got in trouble for chanting some song about raping and killing women. The transcript for it is online and there is audio for it being distributed but its really graphic. I dont know much about the situation since it is a very recent thing but it doesnt surprise me at all coming from them.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Never been through that process myself.

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Living in an apartment is a great way to get out of the dorm, put space between you and the authority of an RA, and even save some money. The majority of students decides to live on campus, considering on-campus housing is available all four undergraduate years and is mandatory for two of those years. However, off-campus housing is still an option and can be a great one at that.

Aside from two large apartment complexes across the street, there aren’t many apartments within a good distance from campus. This is why most students who choose to live off campus actually prefer renting houses in the neighborhood instead of apartments. These houses are usually nice and spacious for an undergrad student. However, be careful about noise violations because most of the neighbors tend to be elderly people or families, and noise complaints are quick to be reinforced by the police. Rent tends to be a bit expensive, ranging from $700 to more than $1,000 for houses, but if you look hard enough, there’s sure to be some more reasonable prices. If you find it’s not worth the effort, as stated earlier, most students do tend to live on campus anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
39%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
7%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,432
Best Time to Look for a Place
December to March-the earlier, the better
Popular Areas
  • Crestview Apartments
  • Fall Hill Apartments
  • Forest Village Apartments
  • Kilburn Crossing Apartments
  • Mill Park Terrace Apartments
  • Riverside Manor
  • Steeplechase Apartments
  • Townsend Square Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 41 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 40 responses

  • 12% 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.
  • 20% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 12% 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 42 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 40% Somewhat helpful.
  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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