Off-Campus Housing

Claremont, CA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I believe upwards of 95% of students live on campus because on-campus housing was nice, convenient, and not more expensive than living off campus. I can't speak on off-campus housing.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman I have almost not experience with off campus housing. Nearly everyone lives on campus. The on campus housing is pretty awesome especially once your a junior or senior.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No one I know of lives off campus. As a liberal arts college, Pomona really emphasizes residential life, and a fundamental part of it involves living on campus and interacting directly with the people who go here.

Now, one thing you could do is to be off-campus in the other 5C's, or in other words, do an housing exchange for a year. Usually, the other 5C's have at least one person who would like to live at Pomona- it's a straightforward process. Doing a housing exchange is a great way to have closer access to classes you may be taking or meeting new people, but few at Pomona do it due to the great variety of people here and the fact that most of the classes people take are usually at Pomona.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since Pomona is a residential college, there are few people who live off-campus. Those who do, however, seem to be very happy with their accommodations.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: 98% of Pomona students (100% of freshmen) live on campus. Those who don't are usually from Claremont or some area close to campus.


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    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late summer or late spring
Popular Areas
  • Claremont Pacifica Apartments
  • The outskirts of the Village
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 14 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 15 responses

  • 80% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 13% 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 15 responses

  • 60% Not very helpful.
  • 20% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 20% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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