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Off-Campus Housing

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Places range from reasonable to nearly as expensive as NYC. The Varsity charges almost $1000/mo per bedroom, even if you are living in a 4 bedroom apartment. You can find places in Alphabet City or anywhere in Brooklyn for that price. There are nearly no grocery stores (or any supply stores) around - so I guess they're all equally inadequate in that respect. If you live close to campus you have the luxury of being near the only metro stop in the city.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen live off campus. It can be pricey, but it's one of the only options

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I commute from home I am not sure what the off-campus housing system is like but I have heard its not too bad.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Usually a robbery or crime off campus. Not the best.

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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
58%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
7%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,596
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 243 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 243 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 243 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

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