While living on-campus certainly has its advantages, this lifestyle is not for everyone. It is sometimes difficult to find a consistent level of privacy and for several reasons, student often choose to live off-campus. The Greater Toronto Area has several options for off-campus student housing, ranging from rooms for rent to apartments and shared housing. Living off-campus also comes with increased responsibilities and a longer rental agreement. Before you start your search for off-campus housing at Ontario Student Housing or on your university's individual site, review this Living Off-Campus Success Guide.

There are many advantages to living off campus:
- Living off campus can be cheaper than university housing.
- You'll probably have more independence, freedom, privacy, and space.
- Private apartments are usually quieter and have fewer distractions, and therefore, are better for studying.
- Having a rental history will make it easier to get a place after you graduate. Plus, you'll have real world experience.
- You can make your own meals.
- No more shared bathrooms (or at least not shared by as many).

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However, make sure that you also consider that renting an apartment can be quite costly during the first few months when you will have to pay first and last month's rent, and connect several utilities such as water, heat, electricity, and cable. Also consider whether you need to sublet the apartment during the summer. Know what is important to you and make your own list of Advantages and Disadvantages to living off campus. Inform yourself about Signing a Lease so that you can make an educated decision that is right for you.