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Off-Campus Housing

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: My recommendation is to get a group together and rent a house. There are plenty within a mile or so of campus and it is a much better value than college-type apartments.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I like to be able to be away from the loud noise of school.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus so I'm enjoying my own space.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some good places close to campus to live, Midtown apartments are currently being built and will be a great place to live with awesome amenities.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They have plenty of housing selection and now they are building more dorms and apartments because wku is currently growing which is wonderful thing. Its also very convenient and the prices are not as bad. Just make sure you have enough roommates to split the rent.

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Bowling Green is full of available (and pretty affordable) apartments, which is why so many students choose to live off campus during their junior and senior years. Off-campus housing is cheaper than housing on campus, and you get more space! There are places that cater specifically to college students, such as The Registry, The Gables, Campus Pointe, College Suites, and Western Place, as well as renovated houses available downtown. Students have a lot of options to choose from. The places geared toward college students are usually all inclusive, where students pay a certain amount (usually $300 or a little more) and it includes utilities as well as access to a fitness center, pool, and many other great amenities.  

There are only two things students should know before they get an apartment. First of all, getting back on campus can be a real hassle. Western is notorious for selling too many parking passes, so many people end up circling the parking lot or walking all the way from the bottom of the hill to their classes. There are some places that are close enough to campus that students can walk, which is a really great option, but many of these places charge a little higher rent for the convenience. Some of the more inclusive places offer shuttles back and forth to campus, so check to see before you rent! The second is alcohol. Truth is, many students move off campus for alcohol purposes because many of the apartment complexes are known to be home to lots of parties. 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
71%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
24%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$6,845
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should begin their search at the end of the semester before they want to move off campus. At the end of the semester, there will be many move-in specials to attract people. But remember not to rush into anything; you don't want to get yourself into something too quickly.
Popular Areas
Bowling Green is a college town, so you don't have to go far to find some apartments. Many of the apartment buildings were purposefully built near campus to attract upperclassmen looking for more freedom and space. Western also overlooks downtown Bowling Green, so many of the houses have been renovated and split into separate apartments to lease to students!
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $325
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 99 responses

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  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 96 responses

  • 30% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% 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 100 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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