The budgets of all financial aid students included the costs of the average residence hall and meal plan per term. If you decide you would like to trade dorm life for apartment life in Hanover, your financial aid budget will still be based on the same average residence hall room and board allowance.
There may be opportunities to save money by living off-campus, especially when rents are shared and students prepare many of their own meals. However, there is one important caveat to apartment living - the landlord likes to be paid on time. When you live on campus, you can use "anticipated" financial aid credits to offset your room charge for the coming term. We cannot advance you funds to pay rent or a security deposit; you and your family will have to cover these costs up front.
The student will not be billed for housing when living off-campus, which reduces the amount owed directly to Dartmouth. This subsequently frees up those funds to pay for off-campus housing. When the entire cost of education is being covered by outside funding, a credit will become available after all required paperwork has been completed and the student has checked in for the term. Checks should be requested in Student Financial Services Office located on the first floor of McNutt Hall.
Dartmouth College has a Real Estate Office which lists available area apartments and rooms; the staff of that office, located at 4 Currier Place, Suite 305, is a good source of information and advice.
Last Updated: 6/22/11