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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be pricey depending on how close and your standard of living. I live about 20 minutes from campus which helps me skip some of the hassle. It does make for quite a commute though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but I've been searching for a place, and it does seem like there is a lot to sort through. At least right now.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm still living with my parents because I couldn't find a place to live. I've signed up for the off-campus roommate finder, but the people I talked to, I didn't really connect with and wouldn't want them as a roommate. I tried asking a few friends, but we couldn't find something close enough to school and work, or that fit in our price range.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be older and less convenient than on-campus housing. Plus, the parking sucks.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Relatively close to campus, and you get what you pay for.

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Nearly 90 percent of students live off campus, making the U a commuter school. It is often fairly easy to find cheap apartments located near campus within a five-minute drive. The U constructed brand-new dorms for the 2002 Winter Olympics that housed the athletes. These dorms are mostly used by foreign students who find it easier to live in the dorms than to locate an apartment off campus. The dorms are very expensive, and the meal plans that accompany them are often not very practical.

Some people like to live on campus and would prefer the meal plans and the dorm life. However, most campus life takes place off campus. There are very few parties and socializing that takes place in the dorms. Also, most people who live in the area attend the U, which makes it easier to find lodging—they just stay at home with their parents.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
88%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
67%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,216
Best Time to Look for a Place
The earlier in the summer, the better
Popular Areas
  • Sugar House
  • The Avenues
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $630
  • 2 BR: $730
  • 3 BR: $1,100
  • House: $1,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 168 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 166 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 169 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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