Off-Campus Housing

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,260
Tuition
$44,085
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people at CMC live on-campus. Those who don't probably live at College Park, about a fifteen minute walk away. There's nothing wrong with people who prefer their own independence and want to live away from campus, but I believe that there's so many activities and so many things to do on campus that it's a hassle to move away from it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off of campus. Everything goes on right on campus and thus no one wants to be far from that. It's also quite expensive off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are senior apartments within easy walking distance of campus and some senior apartments inside a few of the college's dorms. There aren't many options because this place is so awesome that almost everyone wants to stay on campus all four years so you don't even really think about it.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: College Park- Do Not Live Here – I live in an apartment complex which is a 3 min drive from CMC, this place is horrible! Apart from the two higher ranking people who work here and the gardeners, the other leasing office people are mean and vindictive. They are NOT friendly to college kids as much as they like to say they are, they put you next to real people- families, cops, old people hoping that they will keep you under control. I don't do drugs but there are 3 different cops living close to me, it's just not nice to know. It will make so much more sense to have a corner for college kids because now, EVERYONE is unhappy! This place is also really expensive and unsafe. MY CAR GOT BROKEN INTO RIGHT OUTSIDE OF MY APT BUILDING!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: On-campus housing is really nice, affordable, and convenient, so the vast majority of people live in the dorms or senior apartments. Of those who live elsewhere, there's a pretty nice apartment complex within walking distance, so the off-campus option is available.

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  • 1349th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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Off-campus housing is not a popular option at Claremont. Housing is assured for all four years, and few people pass up the chance to live in the middle of everything. For those who do choose to live off campus, there is little help. Sometimes names of good apartment complexes are handed down from class to class, but there is no such thing as a "student area" off campus—only a few random apartments scattered here and there.

Most of the areas around campus are safe to live in, and affordable housing can be found just a few minutes from school. Living in an apartment off of the meal plan is almost surely a savings if you don't factor in car-related costs that are required for the drive to school. It's not that students can't live off campus; it's just simply that they don't. There are one or two groups of friends who move out every year, but they become very separated from all of the activities that go on at school.

The dorms are comfortable, and the food is good, so there is no desperate need to get out, and come senior year, most students have the option of moving out to the Student Apartment Complex, which provides all the joys of living off campus while still staying within the Claremont McKenna bubble.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
2%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,962
Best Time to Look for a Place
Look a month or so before class starts-it isn't too difficult to find a place if you're looking. Some people/complexes even advertise on campus.
Popular Areas
Nowhere specific is any more popular than anywhere else; just find a development with a pool.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $900
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 19 responses

  • 89% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 16 responses

  • 69% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 31% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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