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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing at Western is VERY easy. Most students live off campus after their first year so there are a plethora of places to rent with a couple of friends. Housing is affordable and you can easily find somewhere close to school. It's a competitive process though, as everyone wants the cheapest place, closest to the school, in the best house they can get.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Always a Surplus of Great, Affordable Housing – There are tons of options from duplexes, apartments, townhouses, ect. I've lived in an old townhouse, which was perfect for me and my 6 roomates at the time. My particular experience with that landlord wasn't great, but my new land lord is much more accommodating. London's housing bylaws ensure that you will alays have a great place to live. On another note there is tons of housing right next to the school as well as in the downtown core,depending on your priorities.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice, affordable, close to campus, parking is available, easy access to malls and grocery stores etc. safe.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Affordable and Convenient – I easily found a spacious, very affordable five bedroom house off-campus. The location is very convenient, and the bus routes in the city make it easy for me to get around. I've never heard anyone say that they had trouble finding satisfactory off-campus housing. I feel very safe, although I do have one friend who lives further downtown whose house has been broken into numerous times.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options for off-campus housing in London. The house where I currently live was only the third house I looked at. The only downfall is the expensive prices since London is full of students who need to live somewere.


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Living off campus is the norm for students after their freshman year. London housing is fun, affordable, and diverse. If you're looking for a young atmosphere, take a look at the student-only apartments of Varsity Commons and Varsity Mills. Want to be in the center of Homecoming and St. Patrick's Day action? Aim for a place in the student ghetto, where keggers prevail for partying holidays.

London housing comes in nearly every form available, even in the near-September months. However, it's always a good idea to secure a residence in the earlier months of January and February. Those with extra cash may want to rent from the two-bedroom apartments of 695 and 675 Richmond Street; these places are downtown, well-maintained, and often boast a swimming pool. In contrast, living in an old house with four other friends reflects a genuine off-campus living experience at a reasonable price. Regardless of where you live, having fun roommates makes all the difference!

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Mid-January is the ideal time to begin house-hunting. Generally, landlords won't post listings prior to that time, and you'll have first dibs on all student housing available.
Popular Areas
  • Downtown London is located in close proximity to the Richmond Row bar area. It's about a 15-minute bus ride from campus, and public transit frequently passes by the area to take you to Western with ease.
  • Houses along Western Road are on the Northern side of campus and far away from downtown. These homes are within walking distance of the University and cater towards larger groups of people (generally four to five). However, they're particularly spacious in comparison to off-campus housing in the downtown region.
  • If you're looking for convenience to campus, the student ghetto is for you. As an area of student houses on the Southern perimeter of campus, the student ghetto is as close to the University as you can get. Houses range in quality and price in this region.
  • The Old North is the halfway mark between Richmond Row and the University. The homes are older but large, and the location is convenient for both social and academic aims.
Average Rents
  • 5 BR: $2,000
  • 4 BR: $2,200
  • 3 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 1 BR: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

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  • 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 22 responses

  • 50% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 23 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 65% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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