All undergraduate students are encouraged to live on campus. However, if you want to live off campus, you must first apply with the Office of Community Living. Since Goucher is a residential school, commuters usually have a harder time making friends and getting involved in on-campus activities. Commuters say the biggest annoyance of off-campus living is the class schedule. Classes run from about 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the classes you want to take will rarely run back-to-back. The hassle of driving home and then back to campus or killing time in the library in between classes is enough to convince some to move back on campus. Besides, the core of the Goucher experience is the on-campus community, and it’s hard to share in this experience by living off campus. There are plenty of apartments and townhouses available in Towson and surrounding areas, but they are a little expensive for full-time college students. The cost of rent, utilities, groceries, and gas is roughly the same amount as room and board on campus.
If you have the money, a roommate, and a car, and you feel the hassle and possible loss of the true Goucher experience is worth your independence, then living off campus may be the right choice for you. Try to find an apartment or shared house in Hampden or Charles Village, and you'll still be around young people, often students from Goucher or other nearby schools like Johns Hopkins and MICA.