off-campus living options:

Choices for off-campus living are varied and can be intoxicating. Keep the following in mind as you research your off-campus options.


  • WHAT IF?
MAY OR MAY NOT BE REFUNDABLE. Students will pay more if one roommate chooses to have a pet. Ultimate cost will depend upon the condition that the apartment is left in. N/A FOR ON-CAMPUS.

GENERALLY AN UP-FRONT, LUMP-SUM EXPENSE. Can run anywhere from $1200 to $2400 – a hefty chunk of change to come up with at once. CAN YOU AFFORD IT? N/A FOR ON-CAMPUS

$120 or less per month. Will vary seasonally, and will depend upon not only YOUR usage and habits but your ROOMMATE’S USAGE AND HABITS AS WELL. Keep in mind, poorly insulated and/or older apartments will not be as energy efficient and possibly more expensive to heat/cool. N/A FOR ON-CAMPUS

You can find this included in rent sometimes – speed and reliability may not match the wireless system available and included for on-campus residents. If not included with your rent, add a minimum of $41 per month – more depending upon your personal needs/desires.  Campus residents pay no additional charge for wireless high-speed service and BENEFIT FROM IN-HOUSE TECH SUPPORT AS WELL.

This will vary widely depending upon your eating habits, shopping preferences and nutritional requirements. FACTOR IN: COST of food, TIME required for purchase and preparation of food, and the QUALITY of the food you will be eating. (Think Top Ramen vs. the balanced and varied meal options as well as nutritional guidance available to on-campus residents). Finally DISHES. They need to be washed, dried and put away – every day. It all takes TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY  – and the ability to work with roommates.   Campus residents with meal plans pay no additional charge for their meals. Students opting to live in the Arbor Park complex have the added benefit of having a full-sized kitchen in each unit so they have the OPTION of preparing their own meals. They can carry a meal plan if the wish as a “back-up” plan. It serves as a great learning experience and a transition between living in first-year halls and living off-campus. 

MOST off-campus students will NOT be hiring maid service and will have to SPEND TIME and MONEY to clean their bathrooms, kitchens, apartments/homes. They will also need to work out schedules and be accepting of cleaning habiits of their roommates. IT CAN GET OLD. Ask yourself this:  Are you willing to – CAN YOU AFFORD TO – lose that cleaning deposit as a result of your roommate’s cleaning habits (or lack thereof)?  With the exception of damage/cleaning charges placed on student accounts as the result of behavior beyond “normal wear and tear”, students living in Barnum, Landers, Heritage and Ackerman pay no additional charge to have their bathrooms cleaned for them on a regular basis. Arbor Park, again serves as a transition from first-year halls to living off-campus.

What if that roommate moves out? Can you cover the full rent? What if you WANT that roommate to move out and they don’t – WHAT THEN? What if you signed a full-year’s lease and want to relocate before year’s end? Can you afford to do that? (Lose your deposit AND cover new deposits plus first/last on a new apartment?)  Campus residents face these situations as well, but by living on-campus, you have:

  1. A contract to protect you.
  2. A clear path to requesting a room change.
  3. Staff to help you with roommate conflict resolution and  . . .
  4. A petition process is available to you in the event you are unhappy with any decision regarding your campus living situation. 

Isolation can take it’s toll. You might be OVER living with a roommate in the residence halls, but often students who move off-campus and live by themselves can find it a pretty isolated existence. Know yourself, and ask these questions:

  • Are you comfortable eating meals by yourself?
  • What about evenings and weekends – do you have a group of supportive friends or relatives that you can rely on as you transition from one living experience to another? 
  • Can you AFFORD it?

Check out and use our Renters Check-list


  1. Monmouth Independence Tenants Union:
  2. Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Oregon:
  3. Oregon State Bar – Landlord and Tenant Law:

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