Off-Campus Housing

Pomona, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,783 ($6,125)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The suites are very nice

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have been trying to look for a place recently. It's going to take months at least.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's only one that the school provides, the village. Personally, I think it's a little expensive so I found an apartment just a little further away with one of my friends.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Live in the village; it's your best bet if you want to avoid unwanted attention

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing would be amazing in my opinion since I would love to get out and live by myself without sharing a room with another or a bathroom.


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Kyleena Harper
Sierra Madre, CA
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Because Cal Poly is largely a commuter school, the majority of students live in off-campus housing, or even still at home with their parents. The most popular locations to rent apartments are in Walnut, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Phillips Ranch, and San Dimas. Students tend to avoid the apartments in Pomona because they aren’t always in the safest of areas.

The Crest, located in Phillips Ranch, is an apartment complex that is filled with Cal Poly students, although the pricing is a bit steep. More recently students have been renting small houses with friends and splitting the rent between the roommates. If a student is part of a fraternity, he has the option of moving into his fraternity’s house.

Honestly, the best choice for off-campus housing is the University Village Apartments. They are close to school, in a safe area, and are affordable. The downside is that because they are school property, there are rules when it comes to parties, noise control, alcohol, and decorations.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
July, if you are looking to move in for fall
Popular Areas
  • Chino
  • Chino Hills
  • Covina
  • Diamond Bar
  • Phillips Ranch
  • San Dimas
  • Walnut
Average Rents
  • Studio: $950
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • 1 BR: $1,100
Did You Know?
  • Students who apply and get the Community Advisor position at The Village get to live there for free for the entire year!
  • "The Crest" (off of Temple and Mission) is a popular off-campus student apartment complex.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 95 responses

Very poor
  • 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 95 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% 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 95 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.
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