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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think off-campus housing is great, but if you don't have the money or know the right people you can get stuck on campus for all four years.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty nice if you want to get away from having to deal with Vassar security, neighbors, and meal plans. It only means that you have to deal with real police, real adult neighbors, and cook for yourself. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off campus, unless they hate Vassar or get kicked out of the Dorms.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It isn't that nice but it is cheaper than the on campus housing

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know. It's not very common because the college offers off-campus-like housing.


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Off-campus housing is an option elected by few Vassar students, because most find campus housing comfortable and convenient. As small parties in dorm rooms are not usually meddled with by security and students are allowed to register larger parties in public spaces in the dorms, much of the draw for moving off campus is not founded. Many find three or four people to split the rent of a house located near campus. Off-campus apartments are cheaper than college housing, but do not offer the same sense of community or easy access to facilities. The off-campus option is fitting for students who are fairly independent during their junior or senior year, when proximity to campus is not as socially or academically necessary. For those students who choose not to study away for any part of their junior year, living off campus also can be a nice alternative to living a third year in the dorms.

If one is considering the off-campus option, the best time to look for a place to live is the end of spring semester when the current residents vacate. Arrangements can then be made for either summer subletting or for fall semester housing. It is recommended that students planning to live off campus still participate in the campus housing draw to ensure that they have a place to live should their off-campus plans fall through.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Cedar Avenue
  • Collegeview Avenue
  • LaGrange Avenue
  • Manchester Gardens
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $900
  • Studio: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • 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 31 responses

  • 3% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 23% 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.
  • 45% 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 29 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 38% Somewhat helpful.
  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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