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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in University View and it is a good place to have an apt

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some places where off campus housing will be extremely expensive, but they are still better than living on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are very nice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing can be kind of expensive. Many students choose to live in either apartments, such as the View and the Varsity, or in the houses in Old Town College Park.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: My brother lives off-campus and he loves the freedom but also the closeness to the school. He stays in the Varsity Housing


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Students thinking about moving off campus after their first year need to consider three things: cost, convenience, and quality of life. The transition from living on campus to moving off campus can be exhilarating for some students, but with more freedom comes more responsibility. Rents are competitive compared to on-campus living, so expect to pay a good deal of money for quality apartments close to UMCP. Many students suggest starting the search for off-campus housing early to get a jump on the competition.

Students debating whether they should live off campus also have to decide if they’re going to try and save time and money on parking spaces by walking to class. Many students have to cross some busy streets to get to UMCP. Additionally, you’ll probably need to walk for at least 20 minutes to reach the center of campus, which is where many classes are held for first- and second-year students. It depends on whether an extra half-hour of walking or commuting and paying more bills is worth the hassle of risking being late for class due to traffic.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Whenever Resident Life releases its estimates for on-campus housing availability for the next year. It changes from year to year. One year, the statistics came out in early fall; another year, they came out in early spring.
Popular Areas
  • Hartwick Towers
  • Knox Box houses (houses on Knox Road)
  • Parkside at College Park
  • The Courtyards
  • University View
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $1,600
  • 4 BR: $3,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 324 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 324 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% 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 323 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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