Off-Campus Housing

Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is very nice, but extremely pricey.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The price of off campus housing is high due to the location in LA and parking is limited to mainly streets; which is worsened as well due to the limited parking on campus that causes even on campus students to go the street to park. Many people appreciate the availability, location, and ease of living off campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus and only a few live off.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Ridiculously expensive or poor value and questionable safety.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: About half of the student population live off campus because living off campus is overall cheaper. The back gates of LMU open into a neighborhood where a good amount of students live. Majority of the parties occur off campus in these houses. Students also choose to live in off campus apartments usually in the Westchester or Marina del Rey areas. Students usually pass houses down (ie: members of an on campus org may pass down to the members a year younger). The downside to living off campus is having to find parking either on campus (you have to pay) or off campus (free, but residents get angry).


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  • 628th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Zacrie L. Scott
Long Beach, CA
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Most students at LMU tire of campus housing by sophomore year, and beyond sophomore year, it is nearly impossible to get a spot in student housing. Consequently, an off-campus apartment is inevitable for all but a few students, so it is a good idea to learn the area. Popular locations include Marina del Rey and its sister city, Playa del Rey. Marina del Rey is home to tons of apartment complexes, including the pricey Water Terrace to mid-range places like Chateau Marina, the Bay Club, and Marina Pointe. If you want a bigger space for less money, look into buildings in Playa del Rey. This small beach-town houses smaller apartment buildings of several units and a few major complexes like Archstone. The major plus of Playa del Rey is the beach; most apartments are within walking distance or a several-minute drive. The downside to Playa is that no major freeways hook up with the town, so you have to go through Marina del Rey or Culver City to access Los Angeles. In spite of its lack of freeway access, traffic is still heavy during rush hour.

LMU overlooks the planned community of Playa Vista, a rapidly-expanding area that contains apartment buildings and condos, with many more on the way. This is an area to watch because there will also be a new shopping center. Prices at the apartments fall between Marina del Rey on the more expensive side and Playa del Rey on the cheaper end. Playa Vista is also closest to LMU.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
April through June
Popular Areas
  • Marina del Rey
  • Playa del Rey
  • Playa Vista
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $1,950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 56 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 53 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% 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 53 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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