More than 300 students living off campus responded to a Fall 2002 survey of their living experiences.
Students found their houses or apartments through a variety of ways:
The vast majority of students (67.8 percent) live within ten blocks of campus, and five percent commute from more than ten miles away.
Most students (79.1 percent) have multiple-month leases, and 19.6 said they have month-to-month leases. Sixty percent have an on-campus meal plan.
We asked students to select their top five factors in terms of importance in deciding to rent a particular house, apartment, or room. Students’ responses are in the table below:
|Cost of Rent||84.3||Pets Allowed||17.7|
|Washer/Dryer in Unit/Complex||79.1||Private Bathroom||15.9|
|Single Bedroom||75.7||Access to Stores and Services||15.0|
|Walking Distance of Campus||68.4||Off-Street Parking||12.0|
|Utilities Included in Rent||25.6||Furnished||11.3|
|Landlord Takes Care of Yard||25.6||Internet Included in Rent||9.0|
|Quiet Neighborhood||19.6||Cable Included in Rent||2.7|
|Storage Space||19.6||Handicapped Access||0.3|
Just over 260 of the approximately 1,290 students living off campus in Fall 2001 completed a survey about the costs of living off campus. Below are per person, per month costs reported by respondents.
|Food Costs||With campus meal plan:* $236.37
Without campus meal plan: $149.55
|TOTAL||$737.11 (with campus meal plan)
$650.29 (without campus meal plan)
* Just under half of respondents opted not to purchase a campus meal plan. Amount spent on groceries per month was calculated separately for those students with and without a meal plan. The meal plan total includes the monthly cost of an off-campus meal plan ($525/semester) and the amount spent each month on groceries.