After being a student at Elon for the past five years, I have learned a little about where to live in the area. Elon offers a lot of housing for undergraduate students, but not for students at the graduate level. We have to fend for ourselves when it comes to finding housing. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable options close to campus.
Walking or Driving Distance
One thing to consider when looking for apartments is how close to campus you would like to be. There are options in the town of Elon that are within a 10-30 minute walk to campus. All the apartment complexes offer bike racks if you own a bike or decide to rent one from Campus Rec. The Elon University Bio Bus also runs to all of the complexes and drops students off at various locations around campus. This bus runs every 20 minutes and the website lets you track where the buses are to ensure you get to class on time. It is a great option for those who live a good distance from campus but do not want to purchase a parking pass. Parking passes are $160 for the year and students can only park in designated parking lots. For those living within Elon town limits, you may as well take the bio bus because you will have to park in the farthest parking lot anyway. Only students with a designated “commuter” pass who live outside Elon town limits can park in the Moseley Center parking lot.
Most of the Elon apartments are 2-4 bedroom apartments that range from $399-$465 per month, including utilities. This price is per bedroom. The majority of these apartments are rented through B.C. Parker Real Estate or Freeman & Company. These companies rent through the school year and move in dates are usually either June 1st or July 1st. This is ideal because the iMedia summer workshop begins in late July.
Apartments in the Burlington area that have 1-3 bedrooms range from $655-$1330 per month. While these complexes are farther from campus, they are newer units that include some, but not all utilities and have amenities like outdoor pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, and clubhouses. Some of these complexes are pet friendly, where as very few Elon apartment complexes allow pets. So if you plan on bringing Spot or Fido with you, you probably want to look farther from campus.
Living with Undergrads or Not
As graduate students, a good amount of us are most likely coming directly from undergrad. This means that you will most likely need roommates because it is too expensive to afford on your own. This brings up the looming question of who to live with. Elon offers E-Net that has a section kind of like “Craigs List” for Elon. On E-Net, you can find want ads for roommates from Elon students. There is one downside to using E-Net. Most likely these posts are from undergrads.
Since you are in the iMedia program, you probably won’t be participating in the Thursday night bar outings or the weekend keggers. However, if you know where to look and are willing to be open and up front with the people you are contacting, you can find a great living situation with undergrads. I am currently living with two undergraduates that I found on E-Net and things have worked out great. Another option is to search on Facebook for other people doing this program. Most likely, they are looking for roommates too.
While searching for housing can be daunting, Elon provides a lot of great sources to help make this process a lot less stressful. Luckily, there are many affordable options in the area and the renting process if pretty painless overall. This program is rigorous and stressful enough, so finding housing shouldn’t be!