Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are positives and negatives to living off campus. I personally think it is more convenient to live on campus. However, you have more freedom off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of variety from budgets, to distance to style. Cost is high, though normal at any college town. Safety is good, but not for walking!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but it doesn't seem like there is a huge variety of options.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I think most upper-classmen live off campus and seem to like it. There are many good-sized houses that can be rented for a good price, but a car is almost necessary if you live off because of the winter.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some new construction projects going up that look pretty nice. I heard it's cheaper to live off campus - so if you didn't get lucky with the on-campus housing system, just go off campus.

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The freedoms to yell at all hours of the night, to party whenever you want and-perhaps most importantly-to have a significant other spend the night all make off-campus living immediately appealing. However, the fact that 80 percent of the student population is fond enough of campus life to remain there for at least three, and more than likely all four years, says much about where student preference lies. Nevertheless, those who choose to live off campus say that the apartment complexes are pretty close to campus and are fairly well kept. Although there may be a higher incidence of crime, and some off-campus houses may be in sketchy areas, such factors do not push these students back into the dorms.

Despite the fact that many students who move off campus are happy with their apartments, the massive amount of students who choose to remain on campus for at least three years indicates that, while it may have some advantages, there is nothing particularly special about off-campus housing. Students enjoy going to off-campus parties, but they also mention how off-campus housing is vulnerable to crime, especially in certain areas of South Bend.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
20%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,512
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least a year in advance
Popular Areas
  • Castle Point Apartments
  • Clover Village (formerly Turtle Creek)
  • College Park Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $525
  • 2 BR: $575
  • 3 BR: $675

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 78 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 79 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 51% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 10% 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 80 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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