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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'll be living off-campus this coming semester. The apartments are really too far from campus for my taste.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I will be moving off campus next year and i look forward to it.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living on-campus requires you to buy a meal plan, and often it can be cheaper to live off campus depending on where you live. If you have the right connections you can find awesome places downtown, and most of the complexes are within walking distance from campus. All apartments in Blacksburg are either right by campus or lie on the Blacksburg Transit bus line. If you have a pet, there are many options that allow pets. No matter what your price range or preferences are, there is probably a place for you, just remember to apply early.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments conveniently located on or near campus. There is a great selection with a variety of prices, and it is easy to find an apartment and roommates. The neighborhoods are safe and include many amenities.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are always students looking for roommates, so finding an apartment is no hassle.


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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
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 221 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 220 responses

  • 42% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 56% 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 219 responses

  • 30% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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