Off-Campus Housing

Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
997
Tuition
$39,588
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people like living in the houses on campus, but off campus housing is cheaper and does not force you to be on the board plan, which is really good.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing availability is amazing. The campus is located just off of highway 99, which makes it fantastic for not only residents that live in the city, but other cities as well! I love the fact I can live 15 minutes away, in another town, but still be conveniently located by the school! A few of my new friends live in town however, and their places are pretty cool! They have decent sized housing, that is very affordable. The locations are also in good proximity of the school as well, and if you need help finding housing, if you stop in Career services, or financial aid, they will more than happily help you look as well!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Their are alot of places to live in Modesto. Finding something in your budget should not be to hard.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live only a few miles away from campus and it is an ok area.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My landlord is the best reality agency ever . They are very understanding in any givin situation, they are also so prompt to fix things when something goes wrong

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  • 866th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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Caltech has two forms of off-campus housing. There is what students call "off-campus housing," which implies living off the Caltech campus but still on Caltech property. Caltech owns much of the property around the school, and since there's guaranteed housing for undergrads and not enough spaces on campus for all the students, they lease or rent adjoining properties to students. These properties include houses and apartment buildings. The school has a housing lottery every year. The lottery includes all school housing, including Avery and Marks, but not the seven houses, because of Rotation which is like a residence hall version of frat rushing. Caltech is responsible for utility bills, Internet connections, and cleaning service in off-campus housing. This is a very convenient way of living near campus, without the actual dorm atmosphere, but with all the advantages of school housing where there is only one bill to pay.

The other mode of off-campus housing is referred to by students as "off-off-campus housing." When a student lives off-off campus, he or she is not living in Caltech-owned property. Not very many students live off-off campus because Los Angeles is expensive, and even a two-bedroom apartment can be extremely overpriced. For those who want to live off-off campus after freshman year (students are required to live on campus for the first two terms, and they usually just stay the third term to finish off the year), there are always graduating seniors who will leave behind empty apartments and owners of apartment buildings who are usually accepting in replacing one Caltech lessee with another.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
15%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,962
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early summer
Average Rents
  • Studio: $700
  • 1 BR: $1,350
  • 2 BR: $2,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 12 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 33% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 42% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 8% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 25% Somewhat helpful.
  • 50% Extremely helpful.
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