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Off-Campus Housing

Welcome to MICA’s off campus housing page. The content found on these pages is designed to answer all of your off-campus housing questions and help you find an apartment that fits your needs.

There is a lot to choose from in the surrounding area. With the right preparation and a little luck, the added support from our office can help you find the apartment you are looking for. The links on this page don’t stop with just finding an apartment. If you have landlord disputes, wish to break your lease, have questions about what is legal and what isn’t, then come back and visit this site again. It is designed to support you for as long as you are living off-campus. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for on this page, don’t hesitate to call our office or email us. One of our experienced staff members can assist you with any of your questions.

Many of our neighbors rent exclusively to MICA students due to the fine tenants that MICA students historically make. If needed, we can help you review the lease before you sign it and our office maintains a list of apartments that students have had difficult experiences with which we encourage you to explore before making your decision.

Students who are moving off-campus should meet with Financial Aid to discuss their options. MICA does not finance off-campus apartments through Student Accounts, however, many students are able to arrange a portion of their financial aid directly and then apply it to off-campus housing. You can schedule a meeting with Financial Aid by calling 410.225.2285.

The Office of Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing did an informal survey of students' off-campus living costs. These figures are an average of the population surveyed. We asked individual students what they paid for off-campus costs; remember that some of these students may live together as roommates, and their costs would be combined to pay for their apartment. Off-campus costs can definitely be less expensive than living on-campus. You need to carefully assess 'hidden costs' and convenience when deciding to live on or off campus.

  • Average rent cost, per student: $466.07/mo. Range: $250—$925/mo.

  • Average utilities cost, per student: $59.46/mo. Range: $0—$200/mo.

  • Average combined rent/utilities, per student: $525.53/mo. Range: $309.46—$1125/mo.