Students are permitted, even encouraged, to move off campus after freshman year. They are only guaranteed space in campus housing for freshman year, so they could be forced off campus before they graduate if demand exceeds available space. However, there is more than enough off-campus housing to accommodate any student who needs a place to live. Almost all off-campus housing is located on the edge of Downtown Campus in the suburbs, so students have no more than a 15-minute walk to campus. There is a good variety of apartment complexes on campus, but most off-campus housing units are full houses, or houses turned into apartments. Prices are reasonable and most include utilities, but the increasing student population has recently caused an increase in rent. Living off campus can save students and their families money, as they don’t have to buy a meal plan. It has been found that cooking your own food is cheaper than buying a campus meal plan each year.
Traffic both coming in and out of the city is hectic almost all day. The worst times of the day are the morning rush hour and dinner time, when many people are leaving the campus to go home or coming back to Morgantown from work in other areas. Living off campus definitely has its risks, but it grants students more freedom, more room to be themselves, and more opportunity to enjoy their campus experience under their own rules.