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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've heard, Pomona even helps pay for some of it if students are forced to live off-campus because of too many students who need to live on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus, since the on-campus housing is better and cheaper than anything off campus. It also makes it a lot easier to get involved with campus events.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pomona was meant to be an on-campus residential community. Only 2% of the school lives off-campus, and in designated areas for Claremont College students, such as the College Park apartments in Upland. Off-campus housing is expensive and beyond these designated areas- not readily accessible. Because so much happens on campus, it's really not worth the hassle to travel back and forth.


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About 98 percent of Pomona students live on campus for all four years of their college career. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, off-campus housing is expensive and hard to find, and most affordable places are too far away for you to really feel like you are "part of the college community." Also, it's just so darned convenient to live on campus. The whole campus is only five by six blocks, and everything you need is provided for you. There is a small off-campus scene, largely revolving around a few traditionally passed-down college houses in the Village, such as "Harvard House" and the "cottages," which are four campus-owned houses in the Village for sophomores, but the options are severely limited.

Housing off campus is pricey and inaccessible, and all but the most intrepid students take the path of least resistance and opt to live on campus. Of course, some take the road less traveled and hitch their wagon to an off-campus star. These iconoclasts have a hard row to hoe, and unless they are very social, it can be far too easy to get stranded off campus, and cut off from the daily goings on which are so integral to the Pomona experience. Such people might feel akin to the first simian cosmonauts, floating in their tiny, tin spacecraft, alone, adrift, and surrounded by the eternal blackness of space. Then again, some may not feel this way at all. With perseverance and a courageous heart, you can forge a life for yourself in the brave new world of off campus without abandoning your Pomona roots. The average Pomona student, however, is lazy and would find the amount of work required so far in excess of any possible reward that he or she would hardly even consider the option.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late summer or late spring
Popular Areas
  • Claremont Pacifica Apartments
  • The outskirts of the Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • 3 BR: $1,800
  • 4 BR: $3,000
  • House: $2,500

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

  • 8% 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.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% 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 26 responses

  • 4% Extremely helpful.
  • 27% Somewhat helpful.
  • 58% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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