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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are good spots and bad spots to live. All you need to know is which places those are.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It was not that hard to find off-campus housing and there are websites to help you narrow down your choices. It all depends on how close you want to live, how much you are willing to pay, and so on. I did not have any problems finding my place that I living in for next year. The off-campus housing fair does help with finding off-campus housing or helping you decide on what you want.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a college town so off campus housing mostly consists of large apartment complexes built by developers, for students. That means that they are low quality but not too bad; they're pretty typical college apartments and your neighbors are mostly other students.

The six largest apartment complexes which take up most of Blacksburg (you can google if you want to see examples of typical Blacksburg apartments) are: Terrace View, Collegiate Court, Hunter's Ridge, Pheasant Run Townhomes, The Village, and Windsor Hills. They are mostly owned by big leasing companies. There are a few other ones as well, but those are the most common ones I can think of. There is also a VERY nice apartment complex called "The Edge", which is quite expensive but all-inclusive with really nice amenities (big pool and nice club house/gym); all-inclusive means furniture, utilities, etc included. It's brand new and right on the edge of campus (hence the name). Some of the other apartment complexes are also all-inclusive and geared towards college students.

As with every place, there are some pretty cool and unique houses/apartments/neighborhoods, but they are few and far between due to their high demand. You have to get them early, and I mean EARLY – start looking almost a year in advance from when you want the lease.

Most people start arranging their off-campus housing for the next school-year, during the fall. Housing is seasonal since it is a college town, so you have to start early since everyone is rushing to get the best places at once.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, however I have visited friends and these are their selections

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm required to live on campus so I don' t know anything on this topic.

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Many Tech students choose to live off campus after their freshman year because of limited on-campus housing and the desire for more room. There are a ton of apartment complexes, townhouses, houses, and rooms for rent around Blacksburg. Off-campus housing can be a little more expensive than living on campus, but many students find it worth it for the added comfort, space, and privacy. A lot of off-campus housing is within walking distance to Tech, and bus routes go out to all the housing that is farther away. Students who live off campus find it easier to walk, ride a bike, or take the bus than to face the parking situation at Tech. The apartment complexes around town split up their renters into buildings for students and professionals, so the students can party and the professionals can get some sleep. One big problem with moving off campus is noise violations. Blacksburg residents like their sleep and have even passed legislation that has increased a noise violation from a class-four misdemeanor to a class-two misdemeanor. That means a noise violation could cost you $1,000 or six months in jail.

Tech students recommend living off campus if you can afford it. While you do miss out on the closeness of dining halls and class, you usually gain more space and comfort. It is a pain to have to be careful about volume control or risk receiving a class-two misdemeanor, but most students learn to deal with this. There are definitely lots of options and price ranges for students moving off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
61%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,170
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of the fall semester, beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Collegiate Suites
  • Foxridge
  • Pheasant Run
  • The Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $675
  • 1 BR: $625
  • 2 BR: $740
  • 4 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 161 responses

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  • Availability
  • 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 159 responses

  • 48% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 49% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 1% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 158 responses

  • 31% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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