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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the housing off campus is beautiful and actually less expensive than the on-campus dorms. The nicer ones tend to fill up quickly though.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is good!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lot's of options, you just have to hunt around and talk to people! Don't be tricked into anything outrageous always check your options first!

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Campus Apartments has a monopoly on off-campus housing, allowing them to charge whatever they want and continuously raise rents. In addition, they are very slow and unhelpful, and sometimes do not help at all, with necessary maintenance and repairs.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing kind of runs a monopoly immediately near the campus, so it's difficult to find good prices there. Other than that, I feel like finding housing is done with average ease.

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Many students opt to live off campus as their years at Penn progress, although most don't go far, staying almost exclusively in the surrounding area that comprises University City. As a result, students in off-campus housing are not at all isolated from campus life. Many students take pleasure in the freedom of not being told when to move in and out and of not having RAs and GAs to monitor their activity. The Office of Off Campus Living can assist students with everything, from finding a place to live; to settling disputes with landlords. There are also local real estate companies that cater to members of the Penn community.

The school is, in one way, forced to make off-campus living a convenient option for students because Penn is only equipped to house about 70 percent of students. The school responds to this need by providing shuttles and other forms of transportation around campus and also by offering an internet connection to those students who decide not to live in dorms. There is an abundance of houses including spacious Victorian-style homes and apartment buildings in close proximity to Penn's official campus. So many inhabitants of these buildings are Penn students and faculty that the few streets west of campus are regarded as part of Penn by most who travel there for parties or dinner.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
University City (West Philly)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $924
  • 2 BR: $1,324
  • 3 BR: $733
  • Studio: $736

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 81 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 78 responses

  • 22% 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.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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