Top 5 Websites For Off-Campus Housing Searches

By Victoria Robertson on October 21, 2014

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As college students, trying to find where to live on campus can be a major pain, especially in today’s economy when campus housing can be astronomically expensive. Sometimes, off-campus options can be much more affordable and work better for a student’s
style of living. The only problem? Finding off-campus housing tends to be a bit more difficult, and many students don’t even know where to begin.

So, for those of you interested in what off-campus housing has to offer, here are the top five sites college students can use to find off-campus housing.
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1. Uloop.com

Probably one of the most easily navigated sites I’ve come across, Uloop’s College Housing page has options for countless universities and colleges across the nation. You can refine your search by state or, if you want more specifics, can refine your search by city
or, if you want to refine the search even further than that, you can search by college.

In your search, depending on the school, countless options will come up and you could easily spend all day searching through the various apartments or houses. As if this wasn’t enough, Uloop’s housing site also offers searches for roommates and for sublets. This isn’t a very common occurrence on off-campus housing sites, so definitely take advantage of it.

I understand the difficulty in finding a sublet and even the stress involved in finding a roommate. In using Uloop, this stress is minimized, as everything you could need to find off-campus housing that fits your needs is right there at the click of a button.

2. CollegeStudentApartments.com

With the tagline “we put the U in student housing,” CollegeStudentApartments.com is a quick, easy means of finding housing at the university of your choice. The page opens immediately with a search bar at the top in which you can input your college or city, and you will be brought to the top apartment results that match those guidelines. The listings even provide contact information so you can inquire as to availability, and rent information is immediately listed as well.

The filter tool in the left navigation is also useful in narrowing down your results to a budget, distance from campus and number of bedrooms and bathrooms that’s comfortable for you. Quick, easy and painless searching is just a click away!

3. Roomsurf.com

While this isn’t quite like the other sites on this list, Roomsurf.com is the perfect location for searching for that ideal roommate to spend your college experience with.

To get started, you need to sign up for the site (which you can do using Facebook or your email) and then you will be prompted to take a roommate compatibility quiz which will direct you to individuals that match your results. This is a surefire way to ensure your roommate is one that you are actually compatible with, and you may just end up as lifelong friends as well! So if your main concern is your living situation, more specifically, who you will be living with, this is the site that you should be visiting!

4. CampusAve.com

Again, this isn’t the most common means of searching for (or posting) housing nowadays, but on a college campus, where a college newspaper reigns supreme, this is a great outlet for you. CampusAve.com generates classifieds for college newspapers across the country, servicing over 225 College Newspaper and University websites. In order to take advantage of this platform, all you need to do is become a member and the rest is simple from there.

Whether you’re posting a classified or looking for something, the website is easy to use with a great user experience, which means that your ideal apartment is just a short search away!

5. RateMyApartments.com

One of the biggest pitfalls of apartment searching is that it’s difficult to find an apartment that you’re going to love online. For most, apartment searching is hard because an online image or two just doesn’t do the apartment justice. And, beyond that, perhaps you’re looking for something a little quieter or just genuinely would like to know what current and past residents thought of the complex. For that reason, RateMyApartments.com is a fantastic resource.

You can search the complex in question and look up ratings and reviews from other students to determine whether or not the place is a fit for you. When online shopping, you don’t purchase something without reading the reviews, so why wouldn’t you read reviews when it comes to your living situation? Thanks to RateMyApartments.com, now you can.

If you are searching for an off-campus apartment, these five sites have you covered. From roommate finders to refining searches based on budgets, you are bound to come up with an off-campus housing option that fits your needs after just a small amount of time searching on these sites.

So don’t wait any longer: get out there and get yourself a deal for the next school year.

Happy hunting!

Make your next move easy by finding a place to live near campus using the Uloop Housing search service full of students needing Roommates and Sublets or people ready to rent you a great Apartment or House.

Victoria is a dedicated writer who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She currently writes freelance pieces for various sites and works in Marketing for Myndbee Inc., promoting their current mobile app, Picpal.

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