Off-Campus Housing

Claremont, CA
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Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus or know very many people who do. I couldn't give a very definitive rating, although some students live off campus and seem to like it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Harvey Mudd, being a small college, likes to keep its students on-campus. All freshman are placed in dorms, guaranteed. That said, not everybody can fit in the dorms, so two groups of apartments are reserved by the school to accommodate the rest. These apartments are available in room draw the same way dorm rooms are, and do not cost any differently. They are just across the street from campus and seem quite decent. You'll find, however, that an overwhelming majority of students prefer to stay on-campus for the culture, community, and convenience.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people stay on campus because Mudd guarantees four-year housing for everyone.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody lives off campus unless housing rights have been revoked. Everything is on campus, and to go off campus is social suicide.

1 person found this useful Report

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Yih-Jye Edward Wang
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
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Most students plan on living on campus all four years of college, because they claim it to be one of the best experiences you can have-living right next to tutors and friends. Mudd students who live off campus do experience certain gains; some of them find apartments with bigger kitchens, pools, and all the amenities of the real world. However, many Mudders who move off campus say they feel cut off from the Mudd social life. Dorms have impromptu parties all the time, and you'll be hard-pressed to find that in an apartment complex.

Another factor in looking at off-campus housing is transportation. You may have to make sure that your apartment or house has a garage, depending on where you live. HMC Housing Resources is available to help students with off-campus housing issues. For students who are worried about costs, it is sometimes less expensive to live off campus, but the benefits of living on campus far outweigh the expense. Some people would rather live without the noise and activity on campus, and it isn't too hard to find people to share rent with. However, most Mudders want to live in one of the dorms, surrounded by friends and study groups, and all the madness of on-campus living, even if it means getting by without a hot tub.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before school starts
Popular Areas
  • Claremont Cottages
  • Claremont Palms
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • Studio: $900

Student Polls

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 50% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 5 responses

  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 20% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 20% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Extremely helpful.
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