Off-Campus Housing

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper than the dorms and you get a lot more freedom, but then again you have to cook for yourself.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Westwood is pricey in general but the apartments are nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments available off-campus; however, because UCLA is in such an affluent area they are very expensive for the quality provided.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing right next to the dorms can be a rip-off. You're just paying for the location. Housing South of Wilshire is less expensive, but can be a hassle to get to school on time.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live about 20 miles away.

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  • 334th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
Communication Studies
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Off-campus housing prices are high in Westwood, but for many students, the proximity to classes and activities is worth it—in many cases, the apartments are closer to the dining halls and classrooms than the dorms! Apartments are also incredibly close to the party scene, and many three-room places morph into parties themselves. Parking is usually included, which is a giant plus when considering the miserable parking scenario on campus. To combat steep rent and the competitive vibe of popular buildings, students typically share Westwood rooms that could be found for lower prices in Brentwood or Santa Monica.

Moving to a place slightly farther away from campus has its pros and cons. Although many warn of the “commute” when living farther from campus, time isn't an issue with a car or public transportation. If you know the bus schedule and live near a stop, you can get to school in the same amount of time as people who walk from Westwood. Places like West Los Angeles are out of the UCLA bubble zone, so they boast a quieter and more mature, independent atmosphere. However, for students who crave involvement with their Bruin cronies, the social cost of living far from campus is too high.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
64%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
6%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,336
Best Time to Look for a Place
Try to secure a place before spring break-early February is a good time to start the process.
Popular Areas
  • Brentwood
  • Santa Monica
  • Westwood, especially on Midvale, Gayley, Kelton, or Landfair
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,100
  • 1 BR: $1,280
  • 2 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 169 responses

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  • 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 170 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% 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 170 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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