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Off-Campus Housing


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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: first and second year students live on campus

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: They have a board that people can post on that are offering off housing campus but they strongly encourage on campus living.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about it yet.

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus


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There are certainly pros and cons to living off campus. The pros include having your own personal space, not having to live in the small hall with people you don’t like, and no burdensome fire code regulations. A major pro for many students is that you get a sense of privacy and ownership that you do not get on campus. In terms of saving money, it’s on a case-by-case basis. Students who are smart with utilities and groceries will end up saving money by living off campus; students who are not smart with utilities and groceries will end up not saving money by living off campus.

There are several important things to keep in mind when deciding to live off campus. First, you will no longer have someone to clean the bathroom for you, and you have to pay for utilities. The second, and perhaps most important, is that if you get in trouble, the trouble will be with the police department. If you decide to host large parties, be careful not to have the police called to your house. You will also have to adjust your waking-up habits, as it will no longer be possible to wake up 10 minutes before class and still arrive on time. If you decide to live off campus, there are plenty of affordable and spacious houses and apartments reasonably close to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
A semester before you want to move in
Popular Areas
Anywhere within close walking or biking distance to the school is a popular area. Living on or around Bush Park is ideal for most students. Another nice area is the historic district around the Capitol building. The neighborhoods around Kaneko and Bush Elementary are not as desirable, but there are still a few nice houses that Willamette students have occupied for years.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $750
  • 3 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 41 responses

  • 37% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 2% 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 41 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 37% Somewhat helpful.
  • 49% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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