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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus until you can apply for off-campus housing as a junior.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a lot of off campus houses, and it's usually a hassle to get there because of how far away the houses are. They're also not nice houses from what I've seen, and prices are fairly high.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone wants to live off campus. It's a super great option and generally affordable.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school is pretty tough about students living off campus if you're not a senior but I know some people who have gotten off in junior year. Because it's LA finding housing that's affordable is difficult.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I love my off-campus house. They can get a little pricey living in Los Angeles, but there are cheaper options (as well as guaranteed on-campus housing which 3/4 of students take advantage of).


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Those that live off campus have large benefits and certain drawbacks that must be considered. Many of those who live off campus enjoy the freedom they have and their own private, quiet space, but dislike having to commute to school. While there are many options within a few blocks of campus, most students still find themselves at least 15 minutes away from school. The advantages include not having to buy a meal plan, cheaper rent, and having the freedom to party and be loud without worrying about being written up, or having Campus Safety break up the party.

Living off campus also brings about several other responsibilities, which is probably commonly overlooked when students decide that they want to live off campus. You have to be concerned with a lease and monthly rent. There are also bills such as gas and electric. Students that live off campus most likely are not on a meal plan, so supplying and cooking your own food becomes a concern. With all of these new responsibilities, you have to make sure that you are budgeting properly. If there were more options within a few blocks of campus, living off campus would be equal in benefits and disadvantages to living on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Middle of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Eagle Rock
  • Mt. Washington Hills
  • Northern Glendale
  • Silverlake
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • Studio: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 8% 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 24 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 21% Somewhat helpful.
  • 62% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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