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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It usually is not hard to find apartments, but costs a large amount of money

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Biola apartments are available close to campus with pretty reasonable prices. many other apartment/house options around campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing that is owned by Biola is a breeze to get into. The lottery times you get play a big part, but its usually a pretty simple process. They are not luxurious, but they are comfortable, affordable, and close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm an off-campus student that lives in a school-provided dorm that is less than 50 yards away from the actual campus itself (I know, it kind of doesn't make sense). I haven't heard of many (if any) major complaints from those who live in the apartments (whether Biola provided or not). La Mirada is a generally nice and safe city. People usually find options that work well for them.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I"ve never lived off campus, but my friends have no problems with it

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Off-campus housing isn't as difficult to find as it would seem to be. Biola is conveniently located in the suburbs of La Mirada, where plenty of families and homes are open to students on Biola's campus. What most students do when deciding to live off campus is get a large group together and go house-hunting in the neighborhood. More often than not, students are successful and end up finding a house they want. Most people in the last couple of years have been deciding to move off campus because of the large influx of new students; this way they will be guaranteed a house of their choice.

Typically, the audience searching for off-campus living would be juniors and seniors, as freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to stay on campus to get the dorm life experience, but anyone is welcome to move off campus for their own unique opportunities.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
32%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
8%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,268
Best Time to Look for a Place
Any student looking to secure a spot in off-campus housing should be on the lookout after the fall semester. Registration starts in the tail end of the spring semester, so knowing what you want and getting into the raffle early will help to secure your spot on the market. Looking for anything other than an apartment is left up to the individual in question; looking well before the next semester would be ideal in order to guarantee housing for the next semester.
Popular Areas
Most students living off campus live in the suburbs surrounding it-there are plenty of houses that professors and other neighbors rent out to Biolan students. If not, the apartments down the street from Biola are always top-choice because of their safety and short distance from campus.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • House: $3,000
Did You Know?
Professors love to open their houses to students-a lot of Biolans are even housed by their professors when the going gets rough!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 104 responses

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What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 102 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 101 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

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