To connect to the Internet from off campus you must have hardware that allows physical connectivity and an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Hardware for Connectivity
The most common hardware connections are:
Cable Modem Connection
A cable modem connection is usually faster than a telephone connection. However, as more and more people on the same circuit connect, individual speeds decline. You don't need to subscribe to cable TV to use this connection, but you do need the physical wire.
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Connection
A digital subscriber line allows you to use your phone and be online at the same time. The connection uses your existing phone line, separating voice signals from high-speed data. It isn't available in all areas, however. While generally more expensive than other connection types, its speed and convenience make it a viable option.
Satellite internet can be used as a last resort, but due to high latency it is not recommended.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Begin your search for an ISP by checking to see what local services are available or search online.