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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is preferable but not everyone can do it

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the off campus housing choices are ridiculously overpriced. I have no idea how some students can afford their monthly rent.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lack of cheap housing near campus, but if you have a car it's not that bad.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is cheaper, but it can be troublesome for reason of not being on campus closer to classes and dining halls. Also it can be troublesome if a student has to rely on buses because they have no car. the good things are freedom, own room, and less distractions.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: living off campus is much cheaper than a dorm. the landlords are nice and available, and transportation is provided. i would reccommend living off camous to anyone, even freshman


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Most students can't wait to get off campus, have their own room, and make their own rules. One thing to watch out for: make sure the people you're moving in with are trustworthy enough to sign a lease. There are plenty of single-bedroom apartments, but they are also very expensive. Realty companies don't often offer individual leases, so if a roommate stops paying rent, everyone in the house is responsible.

Columbia offers multiple areas for student living, including The Falls, Bearfield, The Cottages, and Grantwood Village. These places do not offer single-bedroom housing, but rather they provide multiple-room housing for roommates. The prices for rent range from $250 to $400 per person. This does not include utilities or cable/Internet. Some of these places are very nice on the inside and are in decent neighborhoods; others (such as most housing on East Campus) are not very good. East Campus housing is good in the aspect that it is very close to campus. Most other places are about a five- to 10-minute drive from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Places look to renew tenants' leases by the end of March, so start looking for somewhere to live during February or March.
Popular Areas
  • Brookside Townhomes
  • Campus Lodge
  • Campus View Apartments
  • East Campus
  • Garry Lewis Properties at Corporate Lake: The Hill, Swan Lake, Timber Ridge, Bethel Duplexes, Brandon Woods Place
  • Grindstone Canyon Apartments
  • Log Hill Run
  • The Cottages
  • The Falls
  • The Reserve
  • Tiger Village
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $497
  • 3 BR: $770
  • 4 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 186 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 187 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% 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.
  • 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 185 responses

  • 32% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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