Whether this has been your first semester at Kent State University, or you’ve been around for a few years, some of the best experiences surrounding college life are not only meeting new people and learning all of the things but also living in that environment. There’s something so unique about dorm life: living with roommates you’ve never met before, having to share a common bathroom, getting your meals from the cafeteria, putting up with noisy neighbors in the hallway. But on the other hand, there’s something special about living in off-campus housing as well.

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If you’re headed off to college or feeling like you’re over the dorm life, here are some great benefits of living in off-campus housing.

Year-Long Housing

One of the biggest drawbacks of living in on-campus housing is that it’s only available during the school year. Which means you’re moving in and out of a room way more often than most people would like. And thinking about packing up when you’re studying for finals is the last thing most KSU college students want. But off-campus housing doesn’t revolve around the school year, so during the summer, you don’t have to move! It’s a great opportunity to get a summer job or internship, volunteer, take a summer course or even travel.

Pets Are Often Allowed

While you may be able to have a fish in a dorm room, it’s not quite what people think when they think of getting a pet. If you have a cat or dog, then you’ll most likely need to live off-campus. Which is fine because most apartments allow pets, with an additional security deposit and possibly a small increase in rent. And having a pet provides a variety of benefits as well, such as companionship, possibly more exercise, and having a cute dog can definitely be a great way to meet new people.

Save Money

When you’re living in a dorm, it’s often “room and board,” which means you’re also paying for meals. When you’re in off-campus housing, having a kitchen to yourself or with a roommate can make a huge difference in how much you’re spending in a year. Just be sure to grocery shop wisely. With off-campus housing, you also get the opportunity to find an apartment that fits your budget and lifestyle. And if you’re splitting the rent with a roommate, what you save over the course of a year can be substantial.

Life Experience

Renting an apartment is a big step towards becoming more independent and gaining more life experience. The process of applying for an apartment can be a learning experience all on its own. You should have some sort of credit history, although it is possible to rent without this, they may need references, and proof of income. When you have rented an apartment, you’ll gain some experience with budgeting, cooking on your own, sharing responsibilities with a roommate, and more.


Having a place to yourself, or close to it if you have a roommate, allows you a certain amount of freedom. You don’t have to wait in line for an open shower, you don’t have to eat whatever food is being served up at the cafeteria; there is a real sense of ownership when you have a place for yourself that you are expected to maintain – being independent does come with some responsibilities as well. Overall, having off-campus housing truly sets you up for creating a life of your own and being able to set the rules in a way that works for you.

Choose Kent’s Best Apartments For Your Off-Campus Housing

Kent’s Best Apartments has three locations, conveniently located right next to KSU. Our apartments are Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. Each apartment complex offers a variety of amenities, such as most utilities are included with the rent, on-site laundry, outdoor heated pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tanning, and our units are newly remodeled, the buildings have controlled access entry, we’re pet-friendly, and most importantly, we offer affordable rent!

If you’re done with dorm living or want to jump right into living on your own, we offer everything you need. Contact our team to learn more about our locations, and schedule a tour of an apartment today!