When considering your off-campus housing options, it may be wise to start with your personal budget. While the "sticker price" of an off-campus house or apartment may appear to be lower than the cost of living on campus, you may be surprised at how quickly additional expenses add up.
An Important Decision
Deciding where to live when you move off-campus is a very important decision - take your time! Many students feel pressured by peers or rental agencies to rush into lease signing because of a lack of available housing options in Oxford. There are, in fact, plenty of available houses and units available.
Start your search by determining your priorities. A couple questions to consider include:
- Is it more important for you to have a quick walk to campus or would you rather have a lower rent and ride the bus to classes?
- Do you prefer the amenities and convenience of an apartment complex or the location and aesthetics of a local rental house?
If you will not be able to live in your house or apartment for the entire duration of the lease (e.g. a semester of study abroad or internship in another state), you may have the option to find another student to "sublet" your room and take over the payments while you are away.