Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: Ive looked into this and the only reason I've stayed away is due to cost.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Parking can be hard to find.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of off-campus housing is that there are 4 difficult close-by communities with other further communities. The rent is much more affordable than on-campus housing and it's very close to campus and the nearby plaza. Also, each apartment usually gets 2 free parking spaces and you can pack more people to an apartment compared to the only-one-to-a-bedroom-contract rule in on-campus. The cons would be that most are unfurnished and the process to obtain a lease takes awhile.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is nothing special, but it is fairly affordable, within reasonable proximity to shopping areas, and is always in a relatively safe neighborhood.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I will be living off-campus this fall. I am pleased with the the quality of the place, but the price tag is above average.


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  • 215th
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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 142 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 141 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 71% 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 140 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Extremely helpful.
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