Off-Campus Housing

Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is of mediocre quality. Most students enter lease contracts with a private company to obtain housing at our school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshmen and I have already completed the process for housing next year off-campus. It was not at all difficult. Just a short essay in the first quarter of your year. Then they tell you your ONLY guaranteed option for housing and give you another form to fill along with the cost of a deposit. Relatively simple, unless you are a completely indecisive person who does not know where they would enjoy to live more. Make your decision ahead of time as it will make things so much easier.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The ACC Housing (Camino Del Sol, Arroyo Vista, VDC, and VDC Norte) are pretty average, very close to campus and close to the Anteater Express. Most people end up moving to Newport, which is farther from campus, so you would have to get a car, and also very expensive unless you are going to live with 6 other people, in which case, it would still be expensive, but not AS expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of freedom and closer to campus then on-campus housing

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about it except that it is really expensive to live off campus.


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  • 215th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
Business Economics
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With the cost of living in Irvine reportedly among the highest in the nation, off-campus housing even remotely close to campus is going to cost more than just a pretty penny. However, off-campus apartments are very high quality and very desirable. Apparently, the people at IAC (Irvine Apartment Communities, the company that runs most of the nearby apartment complexes) set the bar high for the price of living in safe, sweet luxury. The price of living in the dorms isn’t much better, since the University still takes an arm and a leg for those blasted meal plans freshman year.

Fear not, however. Hope lies within apartments in neighboring cities, such as Huntington Beach, where the cost of living is cheaper, if only marginally. Splitting the room cost with a former dorm buddy will make rent more affordable, so scrape up some friends and some cash while apartment hunting. Also, take into consideration the fact that driving back and forth to campus every day will add more to your cost of living, and once you get to campus, you’ll have to find a parking space. But, overall, living off campus can work, and if you have the resources to find and pay for a good place, you can’t beat the independence.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second quarter.
Popular Areas
  • Berkeley Court
  • Dartmouth Court
  • Stanford Court
  • Vista Del Campo Norte (VDCN)
  • Vista Del Campo(VDC
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,150
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 3 BR: $2,300
  • Studio: $875

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 131 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 132 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% 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 132 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Extremely helpful.
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