About 98 percent of Pomona students live on campus for all four years of their college career. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, off-campus housing is expensive and hard to find, and most affordable places are too far away for you to really feel like you are "part of the college community." Also, it's just so darned convenient to live on campus. The whole campus is only five by six blocks, and everything you need is provided for you. There is a small off-campus scene, largely revolving around a few traditionally passed-down college houses in the Village, such as "Harvard House" and the "cottages," which are four campus-owned houses in the Village for sophomores, but the options are severely limited.
Housing off campus is pricey and inaccessible, and all but the most intrepid students take the path of least resistance and opt to live on campus. Of course, some take the road less traveled and hitch their wagon to an off-campus star. These iconoclasts have a hard row to hoe, and unless they are very social, it can be far too easy to get stranded off campus, and cut off from the daily goings on which are so integral to the Pomona experience. Such people might feel akin to the first simian cosmonauts, floating in their tiny, tin spacecraft, alone, adrift, and surrounded by the eternal blackness of space. Then again, some may not feel this way at all. With perseverance and a courageous heart, you can forge a life for yourself in the brave new world of off campus without abandoning your Pomona roots. The average Pomona student, however, is lazy and would find the amount of work required so far in excess of any possible reward that he or she would hardly even consider the option.