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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although we do have a off-campus office, but UMass tend to advertise on how living on campus is better.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My friends live there, they seem to like it but it is pretty far and transportation is always an issue

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many of my friends have already gotten off-campus housing and they love the independence. It is not a far drive to campus but they do feel like they need to have their cars.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Town of Amherst sucks. They have a brothel law to keep more than four students from living in one place. A lot of landlords do not fix up their house if the town doesn't complain. Some houses should be condemned, yet the landlords are still charging high monthly rent.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Umass has a lot of off campus housing options. There are a few apartment complexes, a few townhouse options, and many houses. They are reasonably priced for being near a college campus. There is a variety of houses ranging from really gross to really nice. You definitely have to look around a bit before finding the perfect fit for yourself, but also be mindful that places go quickly. It is not too hard to find housing at all.


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Off-campus housing seems to consistently grow in popularity. Sophomore year, you will see many students live in houses off campus (still a good amount will be on campus), but by junior and senior year most will live off campus. Many houses will have parties, and generally you will know what streets are known for having them. People are more willing to have parties because of the lenient environment off campus houses provide. Generally, the off-campus houses that are closer to campus are more expensive, but still worth it. Many off-campus houses are closer to Southwest and Berkshire dining commons than many on-campus locations. If you live farther from campus, you do not necessarily need a car, but you are going to want someone in your house to have theirs at school. Parking can become inconvenient, but once you are there you figure out the system. Houses differ in size but generally are not in the best of condition. But to be honest—it's college! No one is expecting beautiful homes that are well furnished. Apartment complexes are available, too. You can find parties there, but it is also possible to find some peace and quiet, which seems to be a common theme all across UMass. If you want parties, there are often many to choose from, but if you don’t, you can find places to relax as well.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
Anywhere on the bus route
Average Rents
  • Studio: $670
  • 1 BR: $870
  • 2 BR: $940
  • 3 BR: $1,080

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 228 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 227 responses

  • 23% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% 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 223 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 23% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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