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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: About 95% of the student population lives on campus, mostly because it's so much more convenient and you get just as much freedom as living off campus. And the off campus housing isn't great.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You lose a bit of what it is to be a CMCer if you live off campus.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not many students live off campus

You need permission to live off campus

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people at CMC live on-campus. Those who don't probably live at College Park, about a fifteen minute walk away. There's nothing wrong with people who prefer their own independence and want to live away from campus, but I believe that there's so many activities and so many things to do on campus that it's a hassle to move away from it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off of campus. Everything goes on right on campus and thus no one wants to be far from that. It's also quite expensive off campus.

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Off-campus housing is not a popular option at Claremont. Housing is assured for all four years, and few people pass up the chance to live in the middle of everything. For those who do choose to live off campus, there is little help. Sometimes names of good apartment complexes are handed down from class to class, but there is no such thing as a "student area" off campus—only a few random apartments scattered here and there.

Most of the areas around campus are safe to live in, and affordable housing can be found just a few minutes from school. Living in an apartment off of the meal plan is almost surely a savings if you don't factor in car-related costs that are required for the drive to school. It's not that students can't live off campus; it's just simply that they don't. There are one or two groups of friends who move out every year, but they become very separated from all of the activities that go on at school.

The dorms are comfortable, and the food is good, so there is no desperate need to get out, and come senior year, most students have the option of moving out to the Student Apartment Complex, which provides all the joys of living off campus while still staying within the Claremont McKenna bubble.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Look a month or so before class starts-it isn't too difficult to find a place if you're looking. Some people/complexes even advertise on campus.
Popular Areas
Nowhere specific is any more popular than anywhere else; just find a development with a pool.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $900
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 28 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 26 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 8% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 85% 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 23 responses

  • 0% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 61% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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