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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: the cost of dorming is very high unfortunately, but dorming experience is great

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: This is going to be my first time ever living away from my parents and doing it for college, but so far the experience is swell.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live on campus or near campus so I am going to say that it is okay

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Close proximity to campus, but crowded streets

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great off campus housing but pricing is very high


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Students at CSUN have the option of living in the dorms all four years, although many choose to live off campus. Students who are not chosen in the on-campus housing lottery are also obligated to move off campus. Looking for off-campus housing is easy because the college is surrounded by apartment complexes. The apartments range from inexpensive to pricey, and the features of each complex vary, as well. Apartments may have fitness centers, barbecue areas, swimming pools and hot tubs, laundry units, covered parking, and central air and heating. Some complexes even offer to pay your water and gas utilities. Northridge is a bit more expensive than the surrounding areas, so if money is a concern, try to find a complex built before 1985 because all of these buildings offer rent control. However, if you have a pet, then you will have a more difficult time finding an apartment because many buildings do not allow them.

Ideally, try to move into an apartment with roommates because it is cheaper. However, if that doesn't work out, there is a housing office that helps students find roommates and a place to live after the dorms. Remember that even neighboring apartments can have extremely different policies. While some places fine you for having late-night parties, other complexes forgive the random gathering, but just don't make it a habit and you should be OK. The best thing is to ask around and find out which buildings suit you the best.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Chatsworth
  • Granada Hills
  • Northridge
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 291 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 288 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% 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 291 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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