Housing on Scripps is guaranteed for all four years, and most students take advantage of this. After the first year, housing is done lottery style by class level, and usually all students end up with single rooms by their junior year. One option for students who want to get away from dorm life is the Senior Routt Apartments, which are small apartments, complete with a kitchen for four students in the middle of campus. Anyone can apply to live in them, though the apartments almost always go to seniors. Thus, there is no real need or desire for off-campus housing.
Off-campus housing can be inconvenient and requires having a car or some method of reliable transportation. Because of Claremont’s residential nature, off-campus housing tends toward groups of students renting a house or a room within a house, rather than single apartments. Studios are pretty much non-existent, and finding an individual apartment that is both affordable and near campus is a very difficult task that most students would rather not have to take on. Living off campus is unconventional in Claremont because it is costly and inconvenient, in addition to the fact that most students prefer to be heavily active in school, which requires being on campus for a large proportion of the time.