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Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very, very expensive. Vanderbilt does not let many people live off campus at all, so it is mostly rich kids with connections who are able to get off campus apartments.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Vanderbilt encourages students to stay on campus all 4 years. This option actually saves money and the housing is amazing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only seniors live off-campus because Vanderbilt requires on-campus living.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not worth it, cool if you want to have parties but downtown is expensive. Further away is pretty good price but you'll need a car and parking on campus is expensive

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Campus housing is just cheaper. Just live on campus. Everyone does.

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There are two large contributing factors as to why the great majority of Vanderbilt students live on campus all four years. One is that the on-campus accommodations are pretty good. The second is that it is almost impossible to get off-campus permission. In fact, students are not even eligible for off-campus status until their senior year, and by that time, you’re pretty much institutionalized to the dorms.

If you do decide that you want to live off campus, there is a wealth of places to live within a short walk or drive from campus. On average, these places are much larger, have more amenities, and are much nicer. At the same time, they are a lot less expensive. The quality of what is available is in the "A" range, but Vanderbilt’s ability to accommodate students who want to live off campus is in the "D" range.
 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,818
Best Time to Look for a Place
March and April
Popular Areas
  • 20 and Grand
  • Chowning Square
  • The Grove
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 63 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 62 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 27% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 34% 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 61 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 25% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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