The availability and price of off-campus housing varies, but students generally find that the added freedom and better living conditions are worth the cost. Perhaps best of all, off-campus housing is typically close to public transportation. The student body unanimously agrees that WIU is not extremely helpful in finding off-campus living arrangements for students. The fact that students are required to live on campus for their freshman and sophomore years is an indicator that the WIU administration would rather students live in dorms. The cost of living off-campus is average, but it is cheaper than the dorms in all cases. Even without some amenities like C-stores and dining halls, students agree that living off-campus is a much better option.
The best advice for a student who is planning on living off campus is to start looking and planning early. For many of the most popular apartment complexes, like Aspen Courts, leases must be signed before the end of March for the following fall semester. The choices vary in price, quality, and availability. Freedom from dining hall food is a huge perk to off-campus living, since a meal plan is not required for students who don’t live on campus. Midnight fire drills and parking fiascos can also be easily avoided once a student moves out of the dorms.