Off-Campus Housing

Claremont, CA
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus, neither do many people in general. It's just much more convenient to live on campus since there are so many dorm rooms.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Meh It Could Be Better – The main off campus housing is College Park. It's too far away and it's full of old people so your college life is drastically dampened. Instead of campus security you have to deal with police.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Dont Know – I dont really know too much about it. Most people live on campus all four years.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Times Are Changing – When I initially attended Pitzer (2002-2005) off-campus housing was limited and very costly. As a working student on financial aid, I could never afford to live off campus as student aid covers on campus housing much more generously. However, upon my return to Pitzer (Spring 2011), I was pleased to discover that several new apartment complexes had been built in the surrounding area and seemed to be marketing to students. However, I don't have any personal experience with these new housing options, so I'm afraid I can't be of much help on this topic.


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  • 1212nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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The vast majority of Pitzer students remains on campus during its four years of college, but there are still many students who choose to live off campus. While freshmen are required to live on campus, sophomores, juniors, and seniors may live in an apartment or house near campus. Many students enjoy the freedom that living on their own brings, and it can also be a cheaper option for those who do not wish to pay the somewhat steep prices for on-campus housing. There are a number of places to live off campus, and most students find the availability relieving. One of the downsides to living off campus is the social aspect. While the freedom is enticing, it is often difficult to come back to campus after having a more realistic view of housing life. Many students who live off campus make their way back to campus infrequently and are hardly ever seen by students who live on campus. The parties and other campus events are not as glamorous as off-campus life, so choosing to live off campus is a big decision to make in respect to your overall college experience.

As of the 2011-2012 school year, Pitzer offers housing at College Park, an apartment complex only minutes from campus. Students have access to the pool, spa, fitness and aerobics center, barbecues, and even an inside movie facility. The College stocks the apartments with various amenities, including beds, dressers, desks, chairs, and dining tables with chairs. The College also pays all utilities, including gas, electric, and Internet access. This housing option is the same price as living in a double room on campus, so many students take advantage of it. Take into consideration, however, that College Park is also full of families, so partying may be a little more difficult.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Although students have found housing at all times during the semester, the best time to begin your search is in the spring before you have to register for housing on campus.
Popular Areas
  • Arrow Route and Arrow Highway in nearby Montclair and Upland
  • Bonita Avenue
  • College Park
  • Eleventh Street
  • The surrounding Claremont area or somewhere in The Village (though this can be pricey)
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • 3 BR: $1,800
  • 4 BR: $3,000
  • House: $2,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 46 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 39 responses

  • 26% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 38% 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 38 responses

  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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