Off-Campus Housing

Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is incredibly cheap and the houses are very new and beautiful

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The university campus is far from the places off campus that students live in. What beats the distance is the cost and the luxury that students live in with walk in closets and even a pool in the backyard.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Honestly, off-campus housing is great! You don't have RA's telling you when it's quiet hours and you are also close to the school and other necessities.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus living is very decent, I personally would not pay for it because I like the whole college experience

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: lots of close by houses and transportation is easily accessible through the bus transportation.


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  • 15th
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Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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People who have a car find living off campus convenient. They enjoy the luxury of being able to cook their own food rather than having to rely on cafeteria food. It is also more cost-effective for many of the students, compared to living on campus. Houses and apartments are fairly easy to find, partly because of the poor housing market. In fact, Merced has the second highest number of foreclosures in the nation. The on-campus housing office also assists by providing resources to finding off-campus living arrangements. There are also ads posted around campus.

Students usually end up finding a four- or five-bedroom house with friends. They like the option of having their own room; it can be hard getting a single in the dorms on campus. Sharing a house also makes the cost much more affordable. In fact, many students pay no more than $400 a month for everything, including utilities. The closest housing complex is a couple miles away from campus, and some of the houses and apartments are farther away into town. The convenience of just being able to get out of bed and walk to class is something off-campus residents miss. Those who live off campus and do not have a car have to adjust even more by taking the school bus, CatTracks. While it is great that CatTracks stops by all the housing and apartment complexes, the schedule is such that students either have to take the bus an hour before their first class or take the bus that makes them at least 10 minutes late for class. All in all, there are great advantages to living off campus for those with a car or easy form of transportation.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The time to look for a place is during early to mid-spring semester. Plenty of students start their search even during late fall semester. Incoming freshmen wishing to live off campus should try looking for a place as soon as they have confirmed they are coming to UCM (i.e., early summer).
Popular Areas
  • Bellevue, a housing complex less than five minutes from campus.
  • Village Apartments
Average Rents
  • Studio: $380
  • 1 BR: $475
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 4 BR: $1,000
  • House: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 77 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 75 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 45% 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 75 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Extremely helpful.


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