The dorms are a great place to socialize and have fun, but they're not practical after sophomore year. Almost all upperclassmen live off campus because they want their own kitchen and their own space. A student's best bet is to share a house with two or three other people to reduce the cost. It's very easy to find a house if a student begins his or her search early and talks to other students who have houses to see when they are moving out. There are many houses in walking distance from school, and if they are farther than that, it is usually less than a five-minute car ride.
Apartments are also a popular alternative to the dorms. There are numerous apartments surrounding Chapman, and all of them are less than a 10-minute drive. The apartments are much more expensive than a house, but they do come fully furnished and with laundry and gym facilities. The only drawback to living off campus is not being as connected to Chapman. But, many students eventually find a balance between having their alone time at their house or apartment and participating in Chapman events to feel like they still belong on campus.