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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can only like off campus when you reach senior status, which is 88 credits.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a transfer so I don't really know

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have literally no experience with off-campus housing, since I'm a freshman.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: At Valpo, students are required to live on-campus until they have achieved senior status. As I have yet to achieve that, I only know what on-campus living is like. It is nice to be close to classes and dining options, but having this living style as a requirement is kind of a downer. The required meal plan forces students to eat what is being served rather than being allowed to make their own meals. Also, there are a lot of dorm rules that could be easier to live without.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are much cheaper than dorms for off campus housing, but it's not an option until you possess senior level status, unless you are married, in the military, or over the age of 22.

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The University's rules on living off campus are that students have to reach senior status first. Only fraternity members can move off campus to their respective fraternity houses with junior status or below. However, if students are able to get enough credit hours to qualify for senior status before their actual senior year, they can move off campus early. Some students do not choose to leave their senior year because student dorms seem easier than finding a living space. However, apartments are relatively easy to find, and many landlords are fine with accomodating students for one year at a time.

The main issue is the proximity to campus. Most of the apartments are a good 15-minute walk from campus, so it is best if you have a car so you can commute. Uptown East Apartments is a good way to live on campus while having an apartment-style setting. It is across the street from campus, so it's very accessible to all of the buildings. Be aware that it is slightly more pricey, as it offers all amenities (big screen TV, desk, chair, bed, kitchen, etc.).

Prices for apartments and houses are not outrageous, but it is better to split the costs with multiple roommates. If living in an apartment off campus doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are a few houses around town for rent. These are fun and might be worth the effort of living with friends and commuting to get to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
32%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
12%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,150
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of the academic year before the year you want to move off campus
Popular Areas
  • East Pointe area
  • North of campus in the Compass Pointe
  • West of campus near the fraternity houses
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $660
  • 3 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 52 responses

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  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
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  • 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 51 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 43% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 8% 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 51 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 10% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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