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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some houses are dumps, few are nice but hey it's college. Kids that want a nice place can live in the pricy UStation. Tons of houses within walking distance but the area isn't great and people get robbed of TVs a good amount.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school does not guarantee housing to juniors or seniors so you are forced to find a house. The houses are scarce and you need to know someone in order to get a house

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options, most of them reasonably priced. However, a lot of them are run down or overpriced. The neighborhood around Xavier is not the safest and a lot of student's houses get broken in and we have a lot of robberies that take place when students walk to and from campus, especially at night. Be very careful when moving off-campus. Some of the side streets especially can be shady.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All of the student houses are pretty close to campus but there arent that many of them

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is pretty good they but, the school itself doesn't help students seek out off campus housing. Everything within reach whether its restaurants, bars, clothing stores, or grocery stores so that's a plus while getting off campus housing.

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With several on-campus options for upperclassmen, many juniors and seniors choose to stay on campus. However, many students at X want the freedom of their own place after serving time in the dorms. There are plenty of apartments and houses close to campus that are available for students to rent, and there are even a few that the University owns. In many respects, living off campus is cheaper, especially if you don’t purchase a meal plan. Some of the problems that come up are that many of the streets and neighborhoods surrounding campus are not nearly as safe as the campus itself. Chances are, if you ask anyone who has moved off campus, they’ll probably tell you that they enjoyed having a place to call their own once they got settled in and figured out how to adjust from the sheltered dorm life. Of course, don’t expect the cleaning lady to come to your off-campus abode every Thursday with a bottle of Lysol and a fresh batch of toilet paper.

While there are a multitude of places to look for an apartment, the choices aren’t always the best. Oftentimes, students find themselves in older apartments that are a far cry from the plush dorms they are used to at Xavier. With the size of the student body outgrowing the number of on-campus apartments XU offers, more and more juniors, seniors, and even sophomores are finding themselves living on their own. The main problem with off-campus housing at Xavier is value. In other words, you don’t always get what you pay for. In the long-run, the price between on-campus and off-campus housing (meal plans excluded) is about the same, so if you are just looking for a place to crash, staying on campus may not be a bad solution.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early in the year, around October and November, before the second semester housing rush
Popular Areas
  • Cleaney Avenue
  • Dana Avenue
  • Hudson Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $530
  • 2 BR: $715
  • House: $1,386
  • Studio: $390

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 67 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 64 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 66 responses

  • 18% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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