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Graduate Student Housing

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette and its neighboring city Lafayette boast a low cost of living. This makes finding housing on a graduate stipend/paycheck easier.

Purdue's Off-Campus Housing division maintains a Landlord and Property survey for your use.  Please note that this direct student feedback is provided as a service, and does not reflect the opinions of Purdue University. 

Off-Campus Housing

If you are interested in off-campus housing, there are many options available in both West Lafayette and Lafayette.  Lafayette is directly across the river from West Lafayette. Many Lafayette apartments are less expensive than those in West Lafayette, and some are within walking distance of campus.*

Before signing a housing contract we highly recommend that you review the apartment rental scam and renter's rights information at Purdue University Off-Campus Housing.

Visit the following Web sites for more information about off-campus housing options:

  • Black Bird Farms II: Contemporary, countryside apartment living for graduate students and graduate students' families, located in West Lafayette. The property, with which Purdue University has an agreement, offers one and two bedroom, unfurnished apartments and is located minutes from the Purdue campus. Prospective Purdue graduate students can be placed on a wait list for an apartment, free of charge, without a contractual agreement for up to one year. For more information, visit the website or call (765) 497-9892. 

  • Off-Campus Housing website - a one-stop resource for off-campus housing information.  You will find a fully searchable database that renters can use to find off-campus housing, including:
    • Photographs and floor plans
    • Maps with proximity to campus
    • Links to landlord's email, application/lease, and or/website
    • Text description and list of amenities
    • Roommate search tool
    • Message boards
    • Educational components designed to help students become good citizens of the West-Lafayette community.

Other Resources

Transportation to Campus

Many apartment complexes are located on city bus routes. City Bus is free to students and employees carrying their Purdue identification card. Remember to check potential bus schedules to see if they match your graduate student schedule. If you are planning to stay in the area during the summer, be sure to check the summer bus schedules, as some routes do not run as frequently or at all during the summer. Visit City Bus online for schedules and routes.

Students with families who are interested in living in a residential neighborhood off-campus, may refer to the City of West Lafayette's Neighborhood Associations Web page. Here, students will find information on the highlights and activities of local neighborhoods, as well as contact information

* The availability of parking permits may depend on how far you live from campus, you should familiarize yourself with Purdue's parking regulations for students.

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