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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are great but there are too few of them so there is a lot of competition and finding housing every year can be really stressful.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are good but the process of getting a house is stressful

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Only the 3rd and 4th year students do the off-campus housing. It is great for people who want more freedom and are more mature.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Whitman owns a variety of off campus houses that they rent out to Whitman students; however, to obtain these popular houses is through a lottery system. If you don't receive a house from them, then you have to find your own housing. Whitman doesn't help their students too much to find alternative housing. There are plenty of off campus housing--there's an apartment complex close by--but many close and nice homes are passed down to groups of students who know the current tenants. This makes it difficult to know that a rental is even available and to procure these properties. You usually have to know someone who knows someone to get a house that you'll be happy to live in that's not too far from campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Convenient Housing – Because Whitman is so small you don't have to look far for off campus housing, most are within a few blocks. Prices are also very reasonable because of Walla Walla's small size. As for parking, it is uncommon to have to park more than a block from wherever you want to go.


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Most students choose to live off campus after their sophomore year (since sophomores are still required to live on campus unless they petition otherwise), and it’s generally pretty convenient. Whitman owns quite a few off-campus houses, and students who want a Whitman-owned house enter into a lottery for specific ones. It’s also pretty easy to find houses around campus that aren’t Whitman-owned that are inexpensive to rent, and many of these houses have been passed down from Whitman students to other Whitman students over the years. Many of the landlords also understand that many Whitman students need places to live and desire off-campus housing as well, so most landlords understand when it comes to students’ needs.

In terms of off-campus housing being worthwhile, rent in Walla Walla is very reasonable, often being cheaper than the housing costs of living on Whitman’s campus (except for having to furnish your off-campus place). A small number of students just don’t bother. Overall, off-campus housing is a popular and easy option, but just make sure to be open-minded about entering the lottery and not too choosy about new, high-quality houses.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students generally seek out housing at the end of each semester.
Popular Areas
  • Behind Anderson Hall
  • Clinton Court
  • Main Street
  • Near the fraternities
Average Rents
  • Studio: $400
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 4 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 20 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 20 responses

  • 45% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 20 responses

  • 25% Extremely helpful.
  • 65% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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