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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing here are REALLY nice. The downside to that is that it can be super expensive. Most places also don't come with parking so that can compliment things as well. Finding off campus housing is basically all on you so that kind of sucks. Housing fills fast so I'd advise looking for a house/apartment the fall/winter before the time you intend to start living off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Obtaining off-campus housing is a ridiculous process in Ann Arbor. Places go incredibly quickly and people get really competitive. The worst is definitely prices - rent is absolutely outrageously expensive here. The landlords and management companies that I've had experience with have all been good, but price is the biggest deterrent.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live Off-Campus and the neighborhood is great, and full of students. The only qualms I have with Off-Campus housing are that the leasing companies often treat the students sub-par because, to them, it seems we're only students and they don't take us as seriously as non-student tenants. I feel like my landlord has skimped on certain things concerning cleanliness and house maitenance because they didn't take me seriously.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived on campus and am not living off-campus for a few years still.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The price of off-campus housing is probably the worst feature. While you can find some reasonable prices, many other college towns, that I have friends in, are much more college student price friendly. All of the really nice apartments and houses are way out of my price range. I did find a nice little apartment but obviously you get what you pay for and the laundry room is awful and the kitchen is way too small and the internet sucks. But it allows for more freedom than the dorms and it's worth it I think.


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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 189 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 186 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% 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 189 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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