Housing at Auburn University: The Pros and Cons of Living on and off Campus

by Auburn Student and Collegiate Hotel Intern, Abbey Crank

Congrats! You are preparing to move to Auburn, Ala. to go to college. Now you are looking for the best student housing options while studying at Auburn University. Whether you are considering one of Auburn University’s on-campus housing options or you are searching for off campus housing, below is a student’s perspective on things to consider when making your choice…

On-Campus Housing at Auburn University

Dorm living sound intriguing? There are many benefits to living on-campus at Auburn University. With three primary housing areas on-campus, you can live smack dab in the middle of the action:

  • Classes are close! You’ll be able to sleep in comfortably knowing it’ll only take 10 minutes to get to your 8 a.m. lecture.
  • Community is HUGE, especially if you’re an incoming freshman. Living in the dorms opens up many opportunities to meet people.
  • Rushing a sorority? Auburn does not have sorority houses. Instead, each sorority has their own specific dorm within The Village housing area. Rush happens before school starts, so getting to rush parties and meeting new friends is so much easier when you live on campus.
  • Food hubs are all around campus. From Chick-fil-A to the Wellness Kitchen, there will always be something steps away from your dorm room.

INTERN INSIGHT: If you’re a freshman, be sure to add the Grubhub app where you can attach your Tiger Dining dollars and order food ahead. When you only have 15 minutes in between classes, this will be a lifesaver. 

  • Walking is definitely a perk of on-campus housing. Events are happening constantly on campus and coming in from off campus and finding parking spots can be tough. C-Zone parking for incoming freshman is very limited.

Read more about Auburn University’s on-campus housing options at the AU Housing’s website.

Off-Campus Housing

While there are many advantages to on-campus housing, living off campus also has its perks:

  • You’ll have a kitchen! Most dorms have limited cooking options, and it may get old eating out every day. Having my own space to cook my own meals was a game-changer.
  • Adulting is real. Having your own place outside of Auburn’s campus makes you learn responsibility; cleaning an entire apartment and grocery shopping definitely makes you more organized.
  • Depending on the option you choose, it can be less expensive than living on campus.

INTERN INSIGHT: Roommates help cut the cost. What you have to keep in mind is that rooming with your best friend can either make or break your relationship. Try and find people who fit your vibe! Some people love to be social and have friends over; others want their home to be completely silent. Figure out what living environment is best for you.

  • Most off-campus options are near Auburn University student shuttle service, Tiger Transit.

INTERN INSIGHT: During the fall and spring semesters, Tiger Transit buses usually run from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. To make sure you don’t miss your bus, download the DoubleMap app to see every bus’s location. For more information, head over to Tiger Transit’s webpage.

  • Many off-campus housing options are still close to campus and downtown Auburn. You can still be in walking distance from class!
  • Amenities are endless. Many off campus options in Auburn offer pools, gyms and study hubs for students to use.

For more information and help, check out Auburn University’s Off-Campus Housing Locator.

Whether you’re an upcoming student or parent looking ahead, Auburn is an amazing place for students to learn and grow; I know I have.

If you ever decide to plan a trip for a tour or just to scope out all things Auburn, book your room with The Collegiate Hotel! We also offer golf cart tours that are catered to your personal interests on and off campus! We’ll show you why Auburn truly is the Loveliest Village on the Plains.

For more tips and tricks on touring Auburn University, be sure to check out our article “Advice for Students and Parents Planning a College Visit and Tour to Auburn University.” We hope to see ya’ll soon!

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