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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's what you get for living in the baltimore area. I personally live in hagerstown its cheaper.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off- campus but plan to move off campus very soon

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing that is closer to campus is usually geared towards students and landlords take advantage by raising rent prices. It is hard to find an affordable apartment for one person. It was almost impossible to find an apartment that allowed my dog. Public transport is not that great and apartments that are along the transport lines tend to be more expensive. The quality of apartment varies, but is usually lower quality.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a good area about 15 minutes from campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find a lot of off campus housing but the area isn't too safe


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Off-campus housing here is definitely safe and easy to find, and living off campus can save students a couple thousand of dollars annually. On average, there are as many students living on campus as there are they living off. Finding off-campus apartments, especially close to campus, is not very difficult, and availability of housing is never a problem. Arbutus, located right outside of UMBC, is a popular area where students like to live. Living here is convenient because students can walk, drive, or bike to campus. Arbutus is also home to popular restaurants, such as Golden Gate, Bruce Lee II, and Pizza Paradise, plus a small movie theater and student favorite nightlife spots, Penguins and Fish Head Cantina. Students can contact Off-Campus Students Services for assistance when getting a place or can find an apartment on their own. Some resources to check out are roommates. com, Cragislist, or the many advertisements around campus posted by students needing roommates.

If you want to live in an area with a busier nightlife and more things to do, UMBC’s proximity to Baltimore and Old Ellicott City is great. Students who prefer to live in big city can conveniently find an apartment in Baltimore City, which is accessible by car and public transportation. Students can take a stroll around the Inner Harbor, eat some exquisite foreign food in the Mount Vernon area, watch a great concert at one of the many venues, or go bar-hopping in Fells Point or Federal Hill. Old Ellicott City is a great option for students with a car who prefer to live in an area that has a small-town feel but still has nightlife options. Rent in Ellicott City is less affordable than in Baltimore City or near campus and does not tend to be the most popular area for commuting students, but it is a nice middle ground between Baltimore City and Arbutus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look is during spring and summer. Students usually decide if they are going to move off campus around the spring, so it is easier to find others who may be interesting in sharing an apartment off campus. This is also the time when students decide to move to a different apartment or are graduating, so many apartments become available in the spring. Summer is also a great time because this is when students know for sure whether they are staying on or off campus. The summer weather is also helpful because it is easier go look at multiple rooms and apartments.
Popular Areas
  • Arbutus
  • Baltimore City
  • Old Ellicott City
Average Rents
  • Efficiency: $650
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $850
  • Townhouse (3-4 BRs): $1,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 109 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 110 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 74% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% 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 110 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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