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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: While I haven't actually been able to experience it, the off-campus housing as described by upperclassmen seem to be quite good and affordable.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived off campus for one year, and it was the best and cheapest year. I found it ridiculous easy to commute and hang out with friends, and there's a bus that cycles close to where I lived. Overall, most of my friends had a positive experience with off-campus housing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living near Eastman can be costly but within walking distance for students. living closer to river-campus can range from very affordable to rather costly. It all depends on the place and landlord. having a car gives you more options

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My brother attended here for undergraduate and lived off campus. He loved it and I know several people here doing the same thing and enjoying it as well.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's a lot cheaper, but there are also more responsibilities with living off-campus.


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Housing off campus is easy to find, with plenty of affordable places close to campus. The biggest attraction is that the prices per month, especially split between housemates, can be an extremely good deal. With the compactness of the campus at UR though, and the sense of community, many undergrads find it best and most convenient to live all four years on campus rather than off. Even Take Five students in the fifth year of their studies will live on campus. Groups tend to move into suites and are content to be in the dorms if it means they are able to live conveniently with friends. People do move into houses in groups, though, if the suite option isn't the most palatable.

The University does not own any off-campus housing, so if you decide to move off campus, you're on your own. If you have a car, it is workable to live off campus, and it will save you money by not paying room and board to the college. For more independent spirits or people with off-campus jobs, it may also make sense to not live in campus housing. Still, students often choose to live on campus, especially in Hill Court or GLC, where you feel somewhat off campus but are still technically in dorms. For certain circumstances and upperclassmen, off-campus housing is the right option, but it is not a choice made by the majority.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Mid-summer, early January
Popular Areas
  • behind Strong Hospital
  • Elmwood
  • Park Ave.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR: $1,100
  • 4 BR: $1,300
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 84 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 82 responses

  • 33% 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.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% 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 83 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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