Off-Campus Housing

Malibu, CA
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus. The upperclassmen tend to as we have a housing shortage.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing Pepperdine does have is very nice, some of the best I saw out of the schools I toured. However, there is a complete lack of housing after your sophomore year. Unfortunately there is no Greek housing which would help out a lot and moreover many sophomores actually get placed in housing which is off campus but still Pepperdine owned. Some of these townhouse/ condo type buildings are actually pretty nice but this is also a big inconvenience for those who don't have cars. No one lives on campus after sophomore year.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any knowledge about off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus, your choosing who you want to live with and where that is. How far away you live is up to you. theres apartments right next to campus and theres villas on the beach and many others far and in between. The cost of living off campus depending on your preferences and where you live, is often times cheaper than living on campus, but you have to keep in mind utilities and gas. If your living off campus, Pepperdine is not going to help you find a place, but they do their best to with on campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's Malibu, so you can't expect it to be cheap obviously.


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  • 1038th
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Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Pepperdiners clearly find off-campus housing to be something of a hassle. If your wallet or purse isn't bursting with excess currency, living in Malibu is probably not an option. If you live "through the canyon," as most opt to do, prices are still fairly high, and the commute gets to be a pain in the neck (especially when they're doing road construction, which seems to be always, or when one slow driver clogs the entirety of Malibu Canyon and stretches your 11-mile trip into a half-hour journey). The consensus among many, though, is that it's worthwhile to put up with these little hassles if it means getting away from the watchful eye of Public Safety and the general tedium of campus living.

Of course, others point out that staying on campus will keep you better connected to your school. The campus cleaning service and lack of commute may be difficult luxuries to give up after you've grown accustomed to them. Yet most students do move off campus, despite issues of cost, commute, and inconvenience, and those who have moved off are usually glad they did.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Agoura Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Malibu
  • Westlake
  • Woodland Hills
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,350
  • 2 BR: $1,600
  • 4 BR: $3,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 43 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 44 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 34% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 43 responses

  • 51% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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