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Where to Live Near Georgia Tech if You Do Not Want to Live On Campus

By Emily

Since on-campus living is limited to Georgia Tech residence halls and Greek houses, many students opt to live at off-campus locations in Midtown.

Plus, with freshmen securing most of the on-campus residence hall spots, upperclassmen are often waitlisted and obliged to search for off-campus housing. 

If you’re an upperclassmen who’s been waitlisted for on-campus housing, don’t worry! There are a multitude of benefits to living off-campus in Midtown.

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However, with so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin your search for off-campus housing, or even to pinpoint where Georgia Tech students typically live.

At Whistler, we understand how confusing the search for housing can be. To help you narrow your options, we have put together this list of the most common types of off-campus housing available for Georgia Tech students.

Where to Live Off-Campus Near Georgia Tech

The most popular areas to live off-campus near Georgia Tech are:

East Midtown

Georgia Tech students walking together in Tech Square

East Midtown is just steps from campus and Tech Square, where you can find plenty of spaces to get food and hangout.

East Midtown is home to many different housing options for students just steps from campus. Located east of Georgia Tech’s campus, the area’s vibrant nightlife and unique restaurants have  everything a student would need for the dream urban lifestyle.

Student Housing Apartments in Midtown

The first, most common form of off-campus living for Georgia Tech students are the purpose-built, student housing apartments located in East Midtown.

These properties are designed specifically to meet college students’ needs and are located in close proximity to campus. Students can rent fully furnished apartments that range in size from studios to 6×6 (six bedrooms, six bathrooms).

The properties offer year-long, individual leases, also known as “by the bed leases.” An individual lease is a personal lease between you and your landlord, meaning you will only be responsible for your own rent, own bedroom, own bathroom, and any common spaces. Leasing terms for these apartments typically run from early August to late July.

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Another perk of living in apartment complexes designed specifically for students are the luxurious amenities these new properties have to offer. You can expect to see trendy, state-of-the-art amenities like rooftop pool decks, fitness centers, study spaces, yoga studios, and on-site coffee shops when you sign a lease at one of these properties.

Price points for these apartments are dependent on location, amenities, which floor plan you select, and other related factors. Rental rates can range from $1200 to $2500 per person, per month.

Traditional Apartments in Midtown

The next form of off-campus housing available in East Midtown to students are traditional apartments. Traditional apartments are what they sound like— apartments in the Midtown area open to any residents, not just students.

Because these are designed for the general population and not just Georgia Tech students, you can expect these apartments to be located further from campus and have fewer amenities.

These properties typically offer traditional leases instead of individual leases. This means that if you decide to live with roommates, all of you will be held equally liable for any damages within the apartment. The rental rate will be for the apartment as a whole rather than charged to each roommate individually. Typically, one roommate will be in charge of collecting rent from all other roommates and compiling it to pay the total cost of rent to the landlord each month.

With such a variety of traditional apartments available in East Midtown, price can greatly fluctuate depending on location, year constructed or last updated, size of the apartment and amenities available. Rental rates could be anywhere from $700 to over $3000 per person, per month.

Read Next: Traditional Apartments vs. Student Housing Apartments

Home Park

Another common place for Georgia Tech students to live is Home Park, which offers traditional houses to students to rent. Home Park is located north of Georgia Tech between campus and Atlantic Station.

Renting a house is more common for upperclassmen and graduate students because the process can be a little more complicated. The properties are not geared towards students and are typically found further from campus, unfurnished, and with little-to-no amenities.

Leases for these properties are year-long and traditional, meaning it is up to you and your roommates to split and collect rent each month and everyone is held equally liable for any damages done to the property.

Because of the lack of amenities, furniture, and distance from campus, rent is on the lower end of the spectrum, ranging from around $800 to $1000 per person per month.

West Midtown

Just past west campus on Northside Drive, new student apartments and traditional apartments are becoming available to students in West Midtown. While these locations are near buildings on west campus such as the Campus Recreational Center and Stamps, they are a bit of a hike to main campus buildings, especially those on east campus and Tech Square.

Due to the distance from main campus and east campus, pricing for both student housing complexes and traditional apartment complexes are slightly lower than those in East Midtown. You can still expect to see monthly rental rates ranging from $800 to $1100.

For whatever reason, if you decide to not live on campus, there are plenty of off-campus housing options available to Georgia Tech students.

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about Whistler, please visit our website or contact our leasing staff. We are more than happy to help you in your search for housing.


Emily is a Community Assistant at Whistler. She is freshman at Georgia State University majoring in Business. Her go-to Daydreamer order is a caramel latte!

July 06, 2022

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