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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If they can have rent be paid like traditions, that'd be great.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its really hit or miss. Some places are awesome, some places are awful.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus now and I love it. The dorms are convenient, but is nice to have little more freedom and a kitchen!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Best option is finding a big house and packing it full with as many friends as you have. However, since thats the best option, houses are super hard to find as they usually get rented out the day they go back on the market.

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Off-campus housing is an option for students who have completed their first full year of enrollment at OU. Some students choose to stay in campus apartments during sophomore year, but by junior year, most students are eager to move off campus and have a space that is truly their own. The tricky part in finding off-campus housing is the cost. Few students can afford housing in the immediate area around campus without a roommate to help split the cost. Some popular options include the many newly built apartment complexes in the area surrounding campus and renting single rooms in the older, pretty neighborhoods around the campus. The best housing available near campus is typically within half a mile. That close proximity to the school costs, however, and close houses or apartments are definitely the most expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
68%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
20%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,718
Best Time to Look for a Place
Many people who live in houses have leases that expire in May or early June, so then would be the best time to have a wide range of houses to choose from. Off-campus student living communities offer specials and deals throughout the year, which can lead to saving a substantial amount of money. It would be best to look around and keep an eye out for the best deal. Students should also keep in mind what is important to them when it comes to selecting an off-campus housing option—proximity to campus, pet policies, bathrooms. But there is no shortage of places to live in Norman, and one can find a house, apartment, or room at all times of the year.
Popular Areas
  • Campus Lodge
  • Crimson Park
  • The Commons
  • The Edge
  • The Reserve
  • University Greens
Average Rents
  • Studio: $450
  • 1 BR: $480
  • 2 BR: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 124 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 124 responses

  • 39% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 56% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 125 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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