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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments I currently live at aren't worth the cost. And if you're sharing and you and your roomies have cars, only one of you will be able to have a parking lot. The others will have to search the block for street parking.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you can find a house next to campus, it's really nice, but that's a strong "if" you can find a house.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: it's a hassle, but its also one of those "growing-up" processes that isn't really a walk in the park the first time you sign a lease. prices can be kind of steep, but its a college town in orange county where housing is hard to come by, so it's kind of expected. if you wanna reduce your rent, get a roommate (or several). the freedom is worth it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great when you find it but hard to find.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of places to choose from, but the cost is high.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
59%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,300
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start their off-campus housing search at least four months before they intend to move in.
Popular Areas
Many students live in houses along Walnut Avenue and Chapman Avenue, both of which are a quick car ride or walk from campus. If students aren't lucky enough to find a house, they usually live in The Renaissance and Allure Apartments, near Angel Stadium.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,130
  • 2 BR: $1,440
  • House: $2,380

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 102 responses

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  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 101 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 63% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 102 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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