5 Top Rated Indiana Landlords: IUP Off-Campus Housing

We’re not going to sugar coat it—signing a lease is a legally binding decision that you’ll most likely be stuck with for the better part of a year. Stressful. Such a serious decision naturally will invoke thoughts of hidden fees, shoddy internet, and noisy neighbors can give students more anxiety than the first day of class.

But don’t bite your fingernails down to jagged stumps quite yet. We sifted through hundreds of reviews on ApartmentRatings left by the past and current tenants and crafted a list of places with only the cleanest of reputations for IUP off-campus housing

According to the reviewers, here are the top IUP off-campus housing providers in Indiana.

B&L Properties

Recommended on ApartmentRatings: 100%

B&L Properties specializes in IUP off-campus housing and owns a number of student rentals in downtown Indiana. The company prides itself on making the transition from the dorms an easy one. In fact, they market their properties as the “anti-dorm.” Many of their units are updated and well-equipped for convenience, and the staff is always responsive and professional. Tenants also report that B&L gifts their residents with “rent-free” summers, allowing students to skip the grueling search for a summer subleaser.

“Our main goal has been to provide a high-quality customer experience for students, from leasing to maintenance,” said  Luke Martin, a managing partner of B&L Properties.

Our favorite review:

“B&L Properties has been an experience that every college student should and would want. Easy communication, great living conditions, and being so close to friends (my roommates) has been wonderful as it has made the whole college experience so much easier.”

The Apartment Store

Recommended on ApartmentRatings: 100%

The Apartment Store’s branch in Indiana, PA manages a handful of properties within walking distance to campus. Students seem to love the locations and conveniences they provide, including a fitness center, off-street parking and more. Reviewers say staff members, namely Chantae, are always friendly and go above and beyond making sure the buildings and its tenants are cared for.

Our favorite review:

“The Apartment Store bought the building I was currently living in, and welcomed us all with gift baskets and information easing us into having new landlords. The ladies in the office are very warm and helpful, and are always providing a good laugh. The staff at The Apartment Store do frequent goodie bags for the residents, and recently hosted a cookout with lots of food and opportunities to win gift cards playing games. As a student at IUP, my building Crimson Cove isn’t a far walk off campus, and is also located right near the transit route, making it possible to safely travel to Philadelphia Street to enjoy the nightlife Indiana has to offer. In a college town, the rent prices are reasonable here, and they also offer specials, which is awesome for students. I would definitely re-sign a lease here, and recommend it to my friends in need of housing.”

Lazor Brothers

Recommended on ApartmentRatings: 100%

Lazor Brothers offers partially furnished student housing within walking distance to IUP. Students say the rent prices are incredibly fair, and the management team is always accommodating to the needs of its tenants. In addition, maintenance requests are addressed almost immediately, so you wont have to endure a leaky faucet or faulty wiring for longer than absolutely necessary.

Our favorite review:

“I lived at 1215 Maple Street. It is a 4-person apartment and there were only 2 of us. It was very nice. 

Our hot water heater broke and they came to fix it almost immediately! They are quick to respond, they care, and their apartments are well kept! I have enjoyed living there.” 

Westgate Terrace (The Apartment Galley)

Recommended on ApartmentRatings: 84%

Westgate Terrace offers studio to four-bedroom units less than two miles to IUP. Residents appreciate the pet-friendly environment and say the apartments are clean, safe, and quiet. Community amenities like the swimming pool, fitness center, and ample parking are a major plus as well.

We actually got a chance to speak with Westgate about the work they’ve done with students. “At the Westgate communities we take tremendous pride in the quality of our superior leasing and maintenance teams,” said Hope Bower, Regional Property Manager. “We are committed to providing our residents with outstanding service, easy living, and the feeling of being home!”

Our favorite review:

“The community is extremely friendly and there is no shortage of parking ever. The rent is perfect for the value of living space that you get. When I moved in, everything was extremely clean and I appreciated the extra mile the staff went to ensure that I was okay with everything.”

Pratt Studios

Recommended on ApartmentRatings: 79%

Located next to the Eberly College of Business, Pratt Studios features one of the most convenient off-campus locations. But the convenience doesn’t stop there. In addition to a nicely furnished studio, the rent you pay each semester—that’s right, you only have to write two checks— covers everything from utilities to cable and internet. Reviewers seem to agree that its great location, clean building and all-inclusive price makes it a perfect alternative to the dorms.

“Since taking over ownership in 2015, Pratt Studios has undergone extensive renovations while maintaining the most affordable price point around campus,” said Kameron Zitelli of Pratt.

Our favorite review:

“Very nice place to stay! It is located like it is on campus, but technically it is off campus. The owner and the staff are always willing to help you very quick especially when you askBut I also like this place because they have everything included in the price and offer you everything you need for a fair price. Moreover, it was the best opportunity for me to get in contact with others because you share everything except your own room. All in all to me it feels like home here and I am happy that I chose this place for my year at the IUP!”


Callie Kollenbroich has been the Operations Coordinator and Content Writer/Editor at Rent College Pads since 2015. When she’s not working, you can find her at home, eating peanut butter out of the jar and bingeing an unhealthy amount of Forensic Files. She’s not as lame as she sounds.

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