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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You're guaranteed off-campus housing if you want it. Also, "off-campus" means "across the street from your classes" still, so you're fine there.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people like living in the houses on campus, but off campus housing is cheaper and does not force you to be on the board plan, which is really good.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Their are alot of places to live in Modesto. Finding something in your budget should not be to hard.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live only a few miles away from campus and it is an ok area.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: there are multiple apartment complex's reachable. There is a great bus system and all other forms for transportation. The cost is low and very reliable.

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Caltech has two forms of off-campus housing. There is what students call "off-campus housing," which implies living off the Caltech campus but still on Caltech property. Caltech owns much of the property around the school, and since there's guaranteed housing for undergrads and not enough spaces on campus for all the students, they lease or rent adjoining properties to students. These properties include houses and apartment buildings. The school has a housing lottery every year. The lottery includes all school housing, including Avery and Marks, but not the seven houses, because of Rotation which is like a residence hall version of frat rushing. Caltech is responsible for utility bills, Internet connections, and cleaning service in off-campus housing. This is a very convenient way of living near campus, without the actual dorm atmosphere, but with all the advantages of school housing where there is only one bill to pay.

The other mode of off-campus housing is referred to by students as "off-off-campus housing." When a student lives off-off campus, he or she is not living in Caltech-owned property. Not very many students live off-off campus because Los Angeles is expensive, and even a two-bedroom apartment can be extremely overpriced. For those who want to live off-off campus after freshman year (students are required to live on campus for the first two terms, and they usually just stay the third term to finish off the year), there are always graduating seniors who will leave behind empty apartments and owners of apartment buildings who are usually accepting in replacing one Caltech lessee with another.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early summer
Average Rents
  • Studio: $700
  • 1 BR: $1,350
  • 2 BR: $2,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 14 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 12 responses

  • 42% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 25% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 17% 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 16 responses

  • 44% Extremely helpful.
  • 25% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 6% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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