Off-Campus Housing

San Marcos, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,110 ($6,452)
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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Best option... get town home with friends.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Will not choose off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is good but on-campus housing is better!

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home with my parents which is excellent.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Compared to other schools, there's a good amount of off campus housing that is readily available to students. Working within a 1 miles radius of the school there's roughly 7+ different apartment complexes that students rent from.


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  • 479th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katrina Kistler
El Segundo
Literature and Writing
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Off-campus housing is located throughout the beautiful surrounding communities of North San Diego. Most students live off campus, and CSUSM is known as a "commuter school," in which most students walk, bike, drive, carpool, or take the train/bus/Sprinter to school.

There are many beautiful small homes, condos, and apartments in the surrounding area for students at decent prices. Living with a roommate is always helpful for students looking to lower costs.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $885
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 58 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 57 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 57 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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