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Off-Campus Housing

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: many places to choose from--whatever your preference is you will most often find what you are looking for if you start looking early.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Ann Arbor real-estate prices are ridiculously high, but the added freedom of an off-campus apartment and proximity to parties is well worth the cost.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From chic apartments, to affordable flats, to funky co-ops, to beautiful vintage houses, Ann Arbor has it all. I have yet to move off-campus, but from what I heard, it's a breeze. Tons of options AND it's often cheaper than living on-campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I only live on campus and haven't lived off campus so I dont know.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the time off-campus housing is cheaper than the cost of a dorm. Houses are generally cheaper than the apartments unless you share a room. All rent prices in Ann Arbor are high, but you can find a deal if you look. Only downside is the lack of a meal plan (you can purchase an off campus meal plan but it cost $$). The busses can take you directly to the local groccery stores.

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Many students choose to live off campus after their freshman year. There is a variety of off-campus housing options—both houses and apartments, all within a reasonable proximity from campus. The closer the location, the higher the price—though, all prices are relatively cheap. Students who live off campus report being very happy about their decision and their new-found freedom. Many streets are completely occupied by students, and they sometimes hold block parties, which are open to the public. The main drawback about off-campus housing is the distance from grocery stores. If you live off campus and you don't own a car, your best bet is to purchase a dorm meal plan.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
66%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,996
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early fall
Popular Areas
Anywhere near campus, especially South Campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,100
  • 3 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $1,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 206 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 204 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 205 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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