COLUMBIA — Figuring out the multitude of off-campus housing options at Mizzou can be overwhelming, especially as a new student.
Here is a cheat sheet of popular off-campus complexes, so you won’t get lost in the sea of student housing.
THE COTTAGES OF COLUMBIA
You’ll probably hear about “The Cottages” a lot during your first semester at MU. It’s one of the best-known off-campus housing units with a fairly big social scene and nice living conditions.
The Cottages are located about 10 minutes south of campus at Bearfield Road and Nifong Boulevard. Priced at about $550 to $600 a month per person, it’s one of the more expensive housing options, but spending a little gives you more space and nicer amenities. There is also an outdoor pool and a high-quality exercise facility.
Campus Lodge, located on Old 63 near Bearfield Road, is the one of the largest off-campus student housing units. Unlike The Cottages, which offers individual houses, Campus Lodge is an apartment complex.
The apartments are four-bedroom units with a rather rustic feel. They’re on the smaller side, but the monthly rate of about $450 is reasonable. Extra amenities include an outdoor pool, free DVD and game rental, and basketball and volleyball courts.
Located directly across the street from Campus Lodge, Copper Beech has more space than Campus Lodge and is less expensive than The Cottages. The duplex-style units at Copper Beech cost around $475 per month.
Each one has a basement, ground floor and upstairs, as well as a nice outdoor porch in the back. The kitchens are probably the largest out there, which is great for hosting parties.
One of the drawbacks of Copper Beech is the somewhat confusing layout of the complex, which can make finding a particular unit frustrating.
Brookside student housing is one of the most complicated complexes to understand, because there are three separate locations scattered around Columbia.
There's Brookside Townhomes, Brookside Downtown and Brookside on College.
Brookside Downtown is the most expensive student apartment complex — $700 to $800 — because it's so close to campus. The units are fairly spacious, with high ceilings and a nice-size living area. There is also an outdoor pool on one of its roofs.
Brookside on College is slightly farther away at the intersection of College Avenue and East Broadway. Brookside Townhomes is located more than 10 minutes off campus, making them more affordable.
Located off of Old Highway 63 and Stadium Boulevard, The Reserve is one of the closer complexes to campus. A student could easily ride a bike to campus from The Reserve, which costs $450 to $500 a month. There are a lot of amenities, including an indoor basketball court, covered parking, a game room, hot tub and a pool.
Rolling Rock is actually a student neighborhood rather than a complex. There are larger houses with garages and small driveways.
The neighborhood is located on Rock Quarry Drive, about a seven-minute drive from campus. With Rolling Rock, you gain the space and convenience of a larger house, but sacrifice the social aspect that comes with living in a apartment or housing complex.