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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Home props solid. Some houses can be costly.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Mostly only seniors live off-campus because the west campus apartments are great for juniors. Lots of houses and apartments in the area for seniors.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be pretty expensive but it is less expensive than living on campus with a meal plan during your last two years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Better than living on campus once you're a junior so just go for it and pay less to the school.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: This is not the University's fault but instead Radnor Township. Throughout my time at Villanova I heard kids complain about Radnor all of the time. Radnor has strict rules and it is part of the reason the prices to go out and to have a house near campus is so expensive. They have strict laws that govern how many people can live in each house.

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There are a lot of places to choose from in the nearby area, but the only problem is finding one in time. And remember, with the freedom of off-campus living comes bills and commuting. While Villanova is home to two rail lines and three train stations, getting to school can be a pain—it isn’t in walking distance, and transportation can get expensive. A popular place to live is the Courts in nearby Bryn Mawr, but the wait to get in is backed up several years. Problems aside, living off campus provides loads of freedom and proves to be a fun and memorable experience.

It’s not too hard to find a place, and Residence Life helps ease the transition to living on your own. At the beginning of each semester, Res Life posts housing opportunities and a checklist of things to look for when inspecting housing. Houses that are entirely rented out to college students sometimes have backyards, which offer more freedom and room to move around. Make sure the apartment or house fits what you are looking for, and make sure it’s suitable for living and the prices are fair. Get a feel for the neighborhood before choosing a place because some residents are not big fans of college students and will be quick to call the cops at any sign of a party, and the cops are even less friendly to college students.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
30%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,856
Best Time to Look for a Place
Anytime. There's a lot of off campus housing available but note that desired locations-like the Courts on Montgomery Avenue-go much more quickly than other locations. However, it's never difficult to find housing.
Popular Areas
  • Ardmore
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Wayne
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $675
  • 2 BR: $930
  • 3 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 75 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 72 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% 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 76 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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