Where to stay when visiting your college student

Parents of first-time college students often experience empty nest syndrome after moving their child into college, and not seeing them until Thanksgiving is too long. Luckily, it’s easy to book a vacation rental home near campus for a weekend visit. Vrbo selected top picks for parents visiting their children by some of the most popular college towns across the US. Whether it’s a home outfitted with a pool and barbecue to invite all their new friends and roommates over, or a place to return to after exploring their new city, we’ve got just the spots. 

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

This 2-bedroom carriage house is right in the middle of one of Columbus’ most historic neighborhoods, German Village. The neighborhood was settled in the early-to-mid-19th century by a large group of German immigrants and features tree-lined, brick-paved streets with red-brick homes with wrought iron fences. Just a few blocks away is 23-acre Schiller Park, perfect for a picnic or tossing around a football with the family. This charming home sleeps up to four people and is complete with a full kitchen as well as a backyard patio with a barbecue.

Rent this charming German Village cottage.


Texas A&M - College Station, TX

This College Station house can fit the whole Aggie family, complete with five bedrooms that can sleep up to 14 people. Just minutes from the college campus, this house is fully equipped for a pre-game celebration, including a game room with a foosball table, dominos, Connect Four, Jenga, and two large TVs.

Book the Aggie “Whoop” House!


Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ

Located just a short walk from Arizona State University, this downtown Tempe apartment is the perfect home base for all the activities you have planned while visiting. The 1-bedroom home is equipped with a dual Ping-Pong and pool table, bar, and wine cooler. 

Stay in this centrally located apartment.


Michigan State University - Lansing, MI

Perfect for parents who want to get a feel for the town of Lansing, this adorable craftsman home is nestled in a neighborhood close to downtown. With one cozy bedroom, this home gives you all the comforts of home while away. 

Book this charming 1-bedroom home.


University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

Built in 1926 as a honeymoon cottage for a local family’s newlywed daughter, this home is conveniently located near Gainesville's top attractions. Just two blocks away is one of the best bakeries in town where you’ll find gluten-free options, happy hour on Fridays, and Sunday morning brunches. The home has been remodeled but maintains its charm with accents like a clawfoot tub and original hardwood floors. 

Stay in this 1920’s charmer in Gainesville.