Off-Campus Housing

Location
Northridge, CA
Undergrads
25,641
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are kind of expensive but are nice. but some floors have party people can get noisy.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's bad because of the safety, noises and traffic.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's food places all around

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i have gone to the off-campus housing website when i wanted to move out of my moms house. i did find a lot of cheap places but they were more about, back houses, bedrooms, and having roommates. i was looking for a one bedroom apartment but couldn't find any. they should put more every couple months.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus. I live on on campus housing and I love it.

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  • 524th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
Major
English/Liberal Studies
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Students at CSUN have the option of living in the dorms all four years, although many choose to live off campus. Students who are not chosen in the on-campus housing lottery are also obligated to move off campus. Looking for off-campus housing is easy because the college is surrounded by apartment complexes. The apartments range from inexpensive to pricey, and the features of each complex vary, as well. Apartments may have fitness centers, barbecue areas, swimming pools and hot tubs, laundry units, covered parking, and central air and heating. Some complexes even offer to pay your water and gas utilities. Northridge is a bit more expensive than the surrounding areas, so if money is a concern, try to find a complex built before 1985 because all of these buildings offer rent control. However, if you have a pet, then you will have a more difficult time finding an apartment because many buildings do not allow them.

Ideally, try to move into an apartment with roommates because it is cheaper. However, if that doesn't work out, there is a housing office that helps students find roommates and a place to live after the dorms. Remember that even neighboring apartments can have extremely different policies. While some places fine you for having late-night parties, other complexes forgive the random gathering, but just don't make it a habit and you should be OK. The best thing is to ask around and find out which buildings suit you the best.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
91%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
72%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,404
Popular Areas
  • Chatsworth
  • Granada Hills
  • Northridge
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 145 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 147 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 65% 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 146 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.
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