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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not that bad just typical college student housing. Some apartments are by far nicer than others but you definitely usually end up over packing an apartment.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are pros and cons. It is nice to be free to do what you want, but landlords charge to much

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, closer to campus the more expensive.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I actually live off campus and have a great place! You have several choices both close and far away from campus. Many of the apartment complexes have busses that run to the campuses, but with some you will need a car which is not an issue for me. If you do not have a car that is no problem because there are so many places that are close.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although off campus housing is very expensive there are many options open to students

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Students are permitted, even encouraged, to move off campus after freshman year. They are only guaranteed space in campus housing for freshman year, so they could be forced off campus before they graduate if demand exceeds available space. However, there is more than enough off-campus housing to accommodate any student who needs a place to live. Almost all off-campus housing is located on the edge of Downtown Campus in the suburbs, so students have no more than a 15-minute walk to campus. There is a good variety of apartment complexes on campus, but most off-campus housing units are full houses, or houses turned into apartments. Prices are reasonable and most include utilities, but the increasing student population has recently caused an increase in rent. Living off campus can save students and their families money, as they don’t have to buy a meal plan. It has been found that cooking your own food is cheaper than buying a campus meal plan each year.

Traffic both coming in and out of the city is hectic almost all day. The worst times of the day are the morning rush hour and dinner time, when many people are leaving the campus to go home or coming back to Morgantown from work in other areas. Living off campus definitely has its risks, but it grants students more freedom, more room to be themselves, and more opportunity to enjoy their campus experience under their own rules.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a place to live for the following academic year is mid-November to early December. Most landlords like to have their leases signed before the students leave for winter break.
Popular Areas
  • Apartment complexes near the football stadium because they are the nicest, although also the most expensive
  • Grant Street (it is known as the huge party street)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,125

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 156 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 155 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% 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 154 responses

  • 27% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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