Comparing On-Campus Housing to Off-Campus student Housing in Tucson

Off-Campus student Housing in Tucson

Comparing On-Campus Housing to Off-Campus student Housing in Tucson

When it comes time to decide where you want to live while attending the University of Arizona, it’s important you weigh all factors. Though the Dorms definitely offer the convenience of student living in Tucson, there are considerable drawbacks. For instance, The University of Arizona dorm rooms offer up a more communal living situation with no real kitchen space to prepare your own meals and a shared bathroom offering little to no privacy.

Off-campus student housing in Tucson on other the other hand, like that provided by Sahara Apartments, will often provide you far better options including full kitchens and private baths offering a level of privacy not found at the University of Arizona dorms.

Read on to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of both.


Living at the University of Arizona on-campus housing does have one major advantage: proximity to classes. It is easy to run home between classes, nap, change clothes, grab a quick bite or study. Certain activities, such as working out at the university fitness center, can be more convenient when you live on campus.

However, off-campus student housing in Tucson provides a break from the crowds. Students who do not participate in a lot of campus activities may appreciate being able to “steal” themselves away at the end of a school day, leave the crowds behind and decompress. And when it comes to napping, studying, having a studio all to yourself or even a separate room to call your own without the noisy environment the dorm rooms often create can truly benefit you in your time at UofA.

NOTE: Sahara Apartments is located just 1 mile from the UofA campus (1 block from Pima Community College). We offer a daily shuttle service to the campus that runs every half hour.


Dorm rooms are small. Period. Add to that sharing such a confined space with a roommate and your chance of having a

Off-campus student housing complexes in Tucson often offer larger rooms, sometimes fully furnished studio apartments and multi bedroom apartments that include kitchens and full private bathrooms, such is the case here at Sahara Apartments.


The bane of college campuses everywhere is the shortage of convenient parking. The more historical (old) a campus is, the less parking will exist for students in areas near classrooms.

Large universities provide bus systems for getting around campus, and residence halls have bus stops. If you own an automobile, you probably will not need it during the week.

Students residing in Off-campus student housing need to factor in driving time for their daily commutes. Off-campus life without a vehicle is hard, unless you have good bus access or a shuttle service that is provided by the off-campus residence. Be sure to think about grocery shopping when making your decision.

Note: Sahara Apartments offers Free nightly Grocery shopping shuttle runs to all of our residents as a Saturday Shuttle runs to shopping malls like the Tucson Mall.


Colleges vary in their requirements about meal plans. The old wisdom was that the only way a dorm resident would get nutritional meals was to be on the food plan.

Today, hungry students in Tucson can find food whenever they want to buy it. Microwaves and refrigerators are in almost all dorm rooms providing a way for them to enjoy the convenience of prepackaged prepared meals. Dining plans are flexible and may include “dining dollars” that students can use at campus bookstores, frozen yogurt outlets, and other non-cafeteria spots.

Off-campus student housing in Tucson, like Sahara Apartments, will often times offer full kitchens for you to prepare your own meals. Something to seriously consider if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.


In today’s climate, the safety of students is a priority. Campus security and the RA (Resident Assistant) system can provide a level of reassurance to parents. But when kids are not in their rooms, there’s not much an RA can do to protect them.

Off-campus complexes have an extra level of security including video surveillance and gated entrances.

Note: Sahara Apartments makes Security and Safety for students in Tucson their highest priority. Our high-tech security systems include locked gates with electronic keys, apartment doors with electronically programmable deadbolts, perimeter fencing topped with motion sensors, and remote control openers for parking lot gates. We have 80 security cameras that monitor the entire complex with a 24-hour recording of perimeter walls as well as all public areas of the property. As well as State of the art Fire Protection System.


Making friends while living in the UofA dorms can be relatively easy, especially if the bathrooms and showers are common– which they are. Dorm buildings also have lounges for studying and socializing.

That being said, off-campus housing facilities in Tucson like Sahara Apartments offer a similar chance to make life-long friends while attending college without the need to share a bathroom and shower. Sahara Apartments offers a social lounge and game room, Movie Theater, exercise room and swimming pool with a poolside BBQ.


Believe it or not, on-campus housing, such as the UofA dorms, is usually pricier than off-campus housing in Tucson; especially when you compare square footage or quality. A big reason that many people move off campus is to be able to shop and cook for their own meals saving lots of money over the food service plans.

Click here to see just how much you save by living at in off campus housing in Tucson versus the UofA dorms.

Be aware that your parent’s homeowner’s policy may cover your on-campus belongings; that may not be the case with off-campus housing. In addition, off-campus housing usually requires deposits and utility bill payments, something that is invisible to campus residents.

Note: Sahara Apartments includes utilities (Electric, Gas, Internet, TV, etc.) with your monthly apartment rental rate.


On-campus halls, even apartment buildings, come furnished with the basics. This can save a lot of hassle on moving-in (and out) days.

Off-campus apartments may be furnished or not. You should compare the cost of buying or renting the essentials such as beds and tables and chairs. Don’t forget the expense and hassle of moving them back and forth from home or storage units.

Note: Sahara Apartments in Tucson are fully furnished apartments.

Bottom Line

If convenience is your only factor, the UofA dorms might be a good choice for you. However, if you are interested in Safety & Security, resort-like amenities, and saving money in a quiet, smoke-free environment, then the off-campus housing in Tucson provided by Sahara Apartments is the choice for you.