Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: I am living with my parents. I don't want to sway the vote in any way, but off campus living is hugely popular among sophmores and up.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My friends found a few apartments available.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: there are a lot of options in nearby cities

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus or looked into it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of neighborhoods near my school, so it is easy to find a house to rent with other people and the prices are pretty good


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  • 465th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 101 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 101 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 63% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% 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 101 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.
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