One of the best features of Sam Houston State is the amount of quality off-campus housing. There are tons of apartments, townhomes, and houses available to students that are both near and far from campus. It seems like every year new apartments are built, and the quality and luxury of each improves, setting a higher bar for the next new group. The houses available off campus are much older than the apartments in the area, but they are still satisfactory and very reasonably priced. Finding off-campus housing is fairly simple since there are so many places from which to choose.
Freshmen are required to live on campus, and other underclassmen tend to reside in the dorms, while many upperclassmen live in apartments and houses off campus. The extra freedom and reasonable prices offer a great incentive to live off campus, which explains why many older students go this route. Some places are near campus and within walking distance, while others are a bit farther away, but most students live within about three miles from campus. Overall, the variety, quality, availability, and affordability of the off-campus housing choices are very satisfactory to students at SHSU.