Apartments Near ODU


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ODU Off-Campus Housing

Rent College Pads is a Old Dominion University off-campus housing resource built to make the housing search easier for students.

Finding apartments at Old Dominion University has always been a chore. At Rent College Pads we are fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you have found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our Old Dominion University University apartment hunting guide below.

If you’re a student at Old Dominion University looking to live off-campus, make sure you start looking for housing in Norfolk upon returning to school after winter break. The number of searches for off-campus housing in Norfolk begins to climb as early as January before peaking in the months of February and March. As the spring semester continues, housing starts filling up so if you want the perfect place to start looking sooner rather than later.

Rent In Norfolk, VA

Renting in Norfolk can be fairly reasonably priced, especially if students find a roommate or two to live with. If you prefer to live alone, keep in mind, most of the studio and one-bedroom apartments are a little further from campus. Most of these complexes are newer and include a long list of amenities, but are about a ten-minute commute to campus. If you don’t have a car and don’t want to rely on public transportation then finding a roommate is the route you’ll want to take. Old Dominion has a large population of students and to get the best housing close to campus make sure you start looking early. Two and three bedroom houses and moderately sized apartments are more prevalent around campus, so take that into consideration when looking for housing in Norfolk.

Here’s a breakdown of Norfolk apartments and houses average rents per person, per bedroom:


Studio 1 2 3 4
$939 $991 $545 $438 $430

ODU students often grab some food or go out with friends for a drink to catch-up with one another. After a long week of classes and studying, this is the perfect way to unwind. Old Dominion is located near a part of Norfolk called Gent. This area is home to many of the most popular and unique restaurants and bars. Being so close to campus, this is a popular area for students. Downtown Norfolk is extremely close to campus too, so students have lots of different food/drink options to choose from.

Here are a few places you’ll want to check out.

Best Restaurants:

1. Del Vecchios

2. CHOW Restaurant & Bar

3. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

4. The Dirty Buffalo

5. A.W Shucks


Best Bars:

1. No Frill Bar & Grill

2. Monarch Recovery

3. The Edge

4. Brick Anchor Brew House

5. Granby Social Club


Old Dominion students have access to the Student Recreation Center where they can utilize the fitness center, indoor running track, multiple courts, and swimming pool. They even hold an event called “Dive-in” where they show a movie in the pool! Spend time outside on the “quad” and join in on a game of catch or sign up for a group yoga class. Relax and enjoy the scenery at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Virginia and Whitehurst Beaches are popular student destinations. Soak up the sun or rent a kayak/canoe for the day. Walk the pier at Whitehurst and watch the breathtaking sunset. So much to do here so make sure to fill your four years with lasting memories.

Old Dominion is located right in the middle of Norfolk, making this campus a central location for getting around town and taking in all this city has to offer. Students at ODU have lots of school spirit! Football and basketball are popular amongst students, make sure to tailgate a game with friends and cheer on the Monarchs. Greek Life is huge around campus so consider joining a frat or sorority. They throw great parties and hold a lot of events on campus, like dances, etc. If that’s not really your thing, there are tons of other clubs to join for all interests. Norfolk is a vibrant city full of museums and historic sites, many of which students can visit for free. And who doesn’t like free stuff? Take a day to visit the Virginia Zoo, which is one of many free activities for ODU students. Head off-campus to Virginia Beach, a popular nearby getaway for many students. With so many local events and attractions constantly going on, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Highlights include:

  • Visit the Virginia Zoo

  • Cheer on the ODU basketball team at the Ted Center

  • See a concert at the Norva Theatre

  • Shop the MacArthur Mall