Off-Campus Housing

La Jolla, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus so I don't really know anything about it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At the moment, I do not live off-campus, so I do not have experience living anywhere else but on campus. From what I have heard people say, it's not bad, and it's cheaper to live off-campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: i heard it's less expensive than on-campus housing. however, i'm not sure because I live on campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is very difficult to live off campus because of transportation and prices. However, it is a lovely area and very safe.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
El Monte, Calif.
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Finding off-campus housing for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience. Finding housing is not difficult, but finding affordable housing can be. Living in La Jolla is convenient because of the close proximity to school, but it is very expensive. To offset the cost of living in La Jolla, most students have three or four roommates. There are various advantages to living in La Jolla: It’s a safe neighborhood, it’s close to campus, there are tons of apartments available, all of the apartments are relatively new and well-maintained, and it’s also close to the beach. La Jolla can be a great place to live, and there are some apartment deals if you look hard enough.

It can also be an advantage to move out of La Jolla. Other popular cities close to campus are Pacific Beach, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa. Rent is usually cheaper in these areas, and they are almost as nice as La Jolla. For students who choose to live farther from campus, the main complaint is the commute. There are usually not direct bus routes to school, which causes the commute by bus to be unbearably long. There is also a lot of traffic in the mornings and evenings on the freeways, and it is always a challenge to park on campus. If you don’t mind driving and dealing with parking, then moving out of La Jolla would be for you. Otherwise, most students decide to find roommates or pay a little extra in rent so they can live in La Jolla and have an easier commute to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of fall quarter
Popular Areas
  • Clairemont
  • La Jolla
  • Mira Mesa
  • Pacific Beach
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,205
  • 2 BR: $1,650
  • Studio: $925

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 114 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 115 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.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 115 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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