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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: off campus is way better

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Decent availability in Westchester area: houses and apartments

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options near LMU, as Westchester is very residential. Most juniors and seniors do live off campus in shared houses or apartments.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It really depends on the student. Living in Playa del Rey and Playa Vista is nicer than living in Westchester, but slightly less convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus can be really expensive. You must split with another person to make it even be the same as living on campus. Watch out because some people dip out due to drama, etc.


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Most students at LMU tire of campus housing by sophomore year, and beyond sophomore year, it is nearly impossible to get a spot in student housing. Consequently, an off-campus apartment is inevitable for all but a few students, so it is a good idea to learn the area. Popular locations include Marina del Rey and its sister city, Playa del Rey. Marina del Rey is home to tons of apartment complexes, including the pricey Water Terrace to mid-range places like Chateau Marina, the Bay Club, and Marina Pointe. If you want a bigger space for less money, look into buildings in Playa del Rey. This small beach-town houses smaller apartment buildings of several units and a few major complexes like Archstone. The major plus of Playa del Rey is the beach; most apartments are within walking distance or a several-minute drive. The downside to Playa is that no major freeways hook up with the town, so you have to go through Marina del Rey or Culver City to access Los Angeles. In spite of its lack of freeway access, traffic is still heavy during rush hour.

LMU overlooks the planned community of Playa Vista, a rapidly-expanding area that contains apartment buildings and condos, with many more on the way. This is an area to watch because there will also be a new shopping center. Prices at the apartments fall between Marina del Rey on the more expensive side and Playa del Rey on the cheaper end. Playa Vista is also closest to LMU.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
April through June
Popular Areas
  • Marina del Rey
  • Playa del Rey
  • Playa Vista
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $1,950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 86 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 87 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% 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 85 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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