If you do not wish to use any campus facilities whether on or off the campus, some cities have homeowners that provide students with rooms for a fee of course. In some cases, you may be able to eat with the family or you may have your own kitchen facility. Some of the rooms are in the home with the family while others have rooms above the garage that they will rent to students.
The reason some students choose the room rentals in someone’s else’s home they like the feel of having a family which helps them feel better instead of being as homesick. In many cases, there may be rules that apply according to the family
that is renting the room especially if they have children in the home. There may be a curfew so you do not wake the little ones and of course, most will not allow liquor or drug use in their homes.
For garage apartments, you will have a bit more freedom as you will have your own entry and not have to disturb the family. However, there still may be rules that apply as no loud partying and things of that nature.
On the other hand, it does provide you with your own place so to speak so you can decide when you wish to study and give you more freedom so you can also get a job without much interference from the person you are renting a room from including coming in late at night after work even if you live in their home instead of above the garage.
Of course, you will need to find the right family that fits with your own personality for this type of housing to work, especially when it comes to things like religion and in some cases, you would want to avoid politics.