Off-Campus Housing

Location
Orange, CA
Undergrads
5,446
Tuition
$40,234
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus, and I know few people that do. From what I'm told, it's cheaper in price, but additional costs (food, cleaning, etc.) bring it up to about the same. I guess it depends on where you choose to live and how you keep track of money.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have an off-campus housing portal that is very useful.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you are on your game you can find great off campus housing, there are also people who you can meet with who can help you. It's also very helpful to know people and possibly seniors who will be moving out after graduation and within Greek Life though we have no Greek housing most houses are always passed on to other members. There is the new Panther Village which is open to upper class-men as well was freshman in some areas, Chapman is expanding their housing so after Sophomore year students don't necessarily have to leave the dorms.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it's alright but pretty hard to find a good, low-priced place

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  • 879th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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The dorms are a great place to socialize and have fun, but they're not practical after sophomore year. Almost all upperclassmen live off campus because they want their own kitchen and their own space. A student's best bet is to share a house with two or three other people to reduce the cost. It's very easy to find a house if a student begins his or her search early and talks to other students who have houses to see when they are moving out. There are many houses in walking distance from school, and if they are farther than that, it is usually less than a five-minute car ride. 

Apartments are also a popular alternative to the dorms. There are numerous apartments surrounding Chapman, and all of them are less than a 10-minute drive. The apartments are much more expensive than a house, but they do come fully furnished and with laundry and gym facilities. The only drawback to living off campus is not being as connected to Chapman. But, many students eventually find a balance between having their alone time at their house or apartment and participating in Chapman events to feel like they still belong on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
59%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,104
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start their off-campus housing search at least four months before they intend to move in.
Popular Areas
Many students live in houses along Walnut Avenue and Chapman Avenue, both of which are a quick car ride or walk from campus. If students aren't lucky enough to find a house, they usually live in The Renaissance and Allure Apartments, near Angel Stadium.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,130
  • 2 BR: $1,440
  • House: $2,380

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

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  • Proximity to campus
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  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 21% 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.
  • 12% 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 77 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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