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Off-Campus Housing


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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't been looking for housing through campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices off campus are cheaper than on campus, but the commute can be taxing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros- no quiet hours, you can burn candles, you can make your own food whenever you want, you don't have to wear shower shoes and carry everyone with you to the bathroom.

Cons-you have to buy your own toilet paper.

My apartment is not the prettiest, but I'm in college, I don't need granite countertops. It's right across the street from campus too which is SUPER convenient.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are insanely high because we have no choice but to pay them if we don't want to live in the dorms. Getting price quotes are a hassle and often they will make you tour before telling you the price. Places like University Commons often tacks on extra electricity bills. Parking is very expensive (hundred/month) and it is a far walk to campus in the cold weather without a bus route available in those areas.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses near campus grant you more freedom and more room than if you were to live in a dorm. They are all super close to campus and transportation. One big downside to them, however, is the fact that most of them are way too expensive for what they offer. Many of the places are run down and old and aren't worth paying for. If you want to live off-campus, I'd suggest renting a newer apartment, but they can get pricey.

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Almost all students prefer to live off campus after their first year of college. Most students get fed up with the dorm food and limitations of living on campus property. Thus, there is a flood of students who look for affordable off-campus locations. The most popular areas are Dinkytown, Como Avenue, and Stadium Village. These places allow students to live in close proximity of campus, and thus, they are convenient places for college students. However, because these places are always in demand, this gives the landlords a way to exploit and over-rent the housing. Most of the houses are rundown and in need of renovation, but the rent is not any less. Apartments are a little more expensive on average, but they are usually in better livable condition. A student should start looking for an off-campus location as soon as possible to ensure that he or she gets a good place for a good price.

It is easy to cut down the average cost by having as many roommates as legally possible, to divide up the rent. Also, the farther away from campus one moves, the cheaper and easier it is to find a house/apartment. Many students have been migrating toward the Uptown area, which has good houses for much less cost. Even though it is far away, a semester bus pass can be obtained for $100, and it can be used an unlimited number of times on city buses. Therefore, living farther away and commuting does not seem so difficult with the good public transportation system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
November onward, if a student wants to live in a specific location. Otherwise, after winter break, around January, is a good time.
Popular Areas
  • Como
  • Dinkytown
  • Stadium Village
  • Uptown
Average Rents
  • Studio: $550
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
Go to to see off-campus housing listings around the area. There is also some information about sub-leasing and protecting oneself against the frauds that can happen between landlords and tenants.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 182 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 180 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% 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 180 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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