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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on campus for their first 3 years, which I personally don't mind because there are student apartments that are considered on campus and overall I think Wake has really nice housing. I don't know much about off-campus housing but I think Deacon Station is pretty nice! I know a few seniors who live off campus and they love it despite the short commute.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have heard and seen, off-campus living seems very nice, and seniors seem to enjoy it a lot. I probably won't live off campus, but there are a variety of options and off-campus houses are more "real life" than dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Winston is a college town. So, it's acceptable. The bigger issue is if you have a family, don't have a car, the variables.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman aren't allowed to live off campus, so I haven't dealt with this yet.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know anything about off-campus housing, but the people I know who do it seem to like it. I prefer to stay on campus just for convenience.

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One of the great things about Wake Forest is the campus community that exists. This can certainly be attributed to the fact that students are required to spend their first two years on campus. However, when students have spent four straight semesters on campus, they are eligible to apply for off-campus housing. Off-campus housing can be a great option because real estate in Winston-Salem (especially near Wake Forest University) is very reasonable. Off-campus housing also gives students the added freedoms of both floor space and lifestyle.

Off-campus living does have its drawbacks—namely that class is no longer a two-minute walk away. Furthermore, students have to drive themselves to campus and then find parking. Parking is a major deterrent for students, though the University does have shuttles that run from the various apartment complexes to campus throughout the day. Overall, it comes down to what is the best option for the student.

It must be noted that students need to apply to live off campus. This entails renting from an approved landlord (or getting your prospective landlord approved) and filling out a form for Residence Life and Housing. While this seems messy, it is just a formality—only rarely is a student denied in their request to live off-campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Alaris Village
  • Corners at Crystal Lake
  • Crowne Oaks
  • Crowne Park
  • Crowne Polo
  • Deacon Ridge
  • North Point
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 42 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 44 responses

  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 14% 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 44 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 9% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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