Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many ads on Craigslist for off-campus roommates, but I have never had to deal with this and would not know what it is like.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: New apartments have been built near Palomar College, which is close to CSUSM. Students who cannot afford the dorms tend to live either at these apartments or at apartments elsewhere.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is easy to find if one checks their campus email on daily basis for apartment availiability.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A few of my friends live off campus and they live about 20 minutes away because it is so hard to find anything close to campus. I could not imagine driving everyday.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The same as most other colleges


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Off-campus housing is located throughout the beautiful surrounding communities of North San Diego. Most students live off campus, and CSUSM is known as a "commuter school," in which most students walk, bike, drive, carpool, or take the train/bus/Sprinter to school.

There are many beautiful small homes, condos, and apartments in the surrounding area for students at decent prices. Living with a roommate is always helpful for students looking to lower costs.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $885
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 94 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 95 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 93 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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