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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many people rent rooms to students in homes. May or may not be furnished and prices vary.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: At least there is a shuttle to and from off campus housing therefore a car is not needed

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Neutral review, don't have any experience with off-campus housing

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I personally prefer living off campus but then again I'm not into partying and have a family and house.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know too much about off campus housing since I've only been a student here one year. Everything I've heard is from friends and they usually say it's about average.

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UTD students choosing to stay off campus do so for the cost reduction, added privacy, and customizable settings, or simply because campus slots are out. Whatever the reason, the overall feedback is positive. If you don’t receive housing stipends from the school, renting a place in McCallum can save you $100 or more every month, and this is exactly what a lot of international students do. You can also share a house with a friend, which is always a good experience, and enjoy much more freedom than those monitored by peer advisers and the UTD Police on campus. Watch out for difficult neighbors, though; once they file their complaints to the University or invite the Richardson police to your birthday party—which they would probably enjoy doing—things can go bad pretty quickly. Oh, and there may be cockroaches and rats here and there, too.

The University does reasonably well to help off-campus students settle down. When dorm space is depleted, students get directions from UTD to reliable sources of housing outside of campus. The 883 UTD Shuttle picks up McCallum residents right at their door step and makes trips to points of necessity—banks, grocery stores, supercenters, and rail stations—three times every hour, with a detour to Walmart on Fridays. It’s a convenient five- to 15-minute drive from campus to most apartments, but rush-hour traffic may considerably alter traveling time and experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
76%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
50%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,420
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start searching for a place around May, but there will still be open spots in the summer or right before school starts. You can't choose to live off campus for your freshman year, though.
Popular Areas
  • Custer Road
  • Independence Parkway
  • McCallum Boulevard
  • West Renner Road
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
Most big parties are off campus to avoid scrutiny from the administration.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 104 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 101 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% 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 107 responses

  • 16% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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