Off-campus housing is an option elected by few Vassar students, because most find campus housing comfortable and convenient. As small parties in dorm rooms are not usually meddled with by security and students are allowed to register larger parties in public spaces in the dorms, much of the draw for moving off campus is not founded. Many find three or four people to split the rent of a house located near campus. Off-campus apartments are cheaper than college housing, but do not offer the same sense of community or easy access to facilities. The off-campus option is fitting for students who are fairly independent during their junior or senior year, when proximity to campus is not as socially or academically necessary. For those students who choose not to study away for any part of their junior year, living off campus also can be a nice alternative to living a third year in the dorms.
If one is considering the off-campus option, the best time to look for a place to live is the end of spring semester when the current residents vacate. Arrangements can then be made for either summer subletting or for fall semester housing. It is recommended that students planning to live off campus still participate in the campus housing draw to ensure that they have a place to live should their off-campus plans fall through.