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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They are awesome! Love them, they are so unique

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off-campus, however everyone I know who does loves it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Availability is limited to right before school lets out

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I honestly haven't tried applying off campus. I have heard that it could be better though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's close to classes, but it still is quite a walk


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Students at VCU usually decide to find off-campus housing after freshman year not only because it is hard to get on campus housing but because they can also decide who they want to live with. Students often decide to find a place to live with the friends they made freshman year. This can turn out good or bad. It can seem more expensive to live off campus with multiple bills to be paid, but usually it works out to be about the same as on-campus housing. 

The apartment complexes around campus look dumpy from the outside and aren't much better on the inside. Most places for rent are houses surrounding campus that people have bought and split up into three or four apartments each. Bugs, mice, and noisy neighbors are the biggest complaints of students living off campus. The owners of off-campus apartments, usually called slumlords, tend to stay away from their properties and do as little work as possible knowing that they will rent out to a needy student anyway. The farther out from campus you go, the better the places you will find, but this may cause you to drive or bike into campus, which isn't always possible. Students need to really research their off-campus housing options before they move in. There are a lot of students looking for places, so the competition is high.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
March or April to get a place by May or June
Popular Areas
  • Carver neighborhood
  • Church Hill
  • Downtown
  • Oregon Hill
  • The Fan
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 178 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 174 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 175 responses

  • 27% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.



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