on campus or off campus fraternity house

Obviously, it depends on the fraternity and the university. I have put together a quick list of points I would consider before making the decision.

University House Positives:

– On Greek Row
– Has university support (billing and maintenance)
– Gets instant credibility in the Greek Community and with independent students
– Is more accepted by parents
– Don’t have to worry about neighbors
– Generally closer to campus

University House Negatives:
– Is expensive
– Stricter university rules

Off-Campus House Positives:

– Less strict rules
– Cheaper
– Easier to get into

Off-Campus House Negatives:

– Dealing with neighbors
– Harder to get maintenance completed
– Could be farther from campus

Again, this all depends on the wants and needs of the fraternity. If you have any points that I missed, please include them in the comment section below.

One thought on “Do You Want an On-Campus or Off-Campus Fraternity House?

  1. This is a little bit too oversimplified.

    University owned housing is normally MUCH more expensive. Since they own it, they also have access to it, meaning they can walk right in and start checking things out. That’s a real quick way to get in serious trouble.

    When it’s private property, your alumni invested a WHOLE lot of money into that project, and they’re probably on the hook for the mortgage if the chapter disappears. So, they have an enormous interest in being actively involved, keeping the chapter between the lines so they have a tenant at all, and keeping numbers up so that tenant can keep the house filled. The worst situation isn’t being broke cause you can’t fill the house or even losing the charter and having to sell the house or rent it to another fraternity that won’t take care of it. The worst situation is when the chapter drops numbers so bad the housing corp has the throw them out and rent to someone else cause it’s going to bankrupt the chapter if they don’t. I would add though that in addition to neighbors, you have to deal with city zoning and permits with an off-campus property, and there are a lot of tax and insurance considerations that have to be dealt with by the housing corp.

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