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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: To keep costs down, one must find an entire group of students to live in off campus housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is definitely fun but it is a pain in the butt to find a house for a good price that isn't completely dilapidated. Most houses are OK but for the price it almost isn't worth the freedom.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus options, but jump on the process quick because it'll be hard to find a place after December.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive, but that comes with the area, there are some school sponsored off campus locations for upperclassmen that are decent.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus next year and dealing with the landlord is fairly easy. California prices are pretty outrageous though

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Most juniors and seniors choose to move off campus, as most housing options are close to campus (between one and three blocks away) and provide more freedom than campus housing. Living off campus costs roughly the same as living on campus, which is far from cheap. Rent prices are outrageous; it's impossible to find a room off campus for less than $500 a month without living in someone's closet. But despite the hefty cost, many students appreciate the added freedom and liberation from dorm policies and campus dining plans.

The quality of off-campus housing options varies drastically—though range in quality doesn't necessarily indicate range in price. You may very well pay the same rent for a house that's close to being condemned as you would for a luxury apartment with access to a pool and spa. The houses closest to campus (literally half a block to a block away) are usually in the worst conditions and cost the most to rent; however, these are the most popular for students looking to live on the lively "light side" of campus. Organizing off-campus housing can be stressful depending on what you're looking for. Apartments located further off campus are pretty easy to come by, but if you and your friends are looking to move in to a house across the street from campus, be prepared to compete with several other groups.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of fall/beginning of winter quarter
Popular Areas
  • Students looking to live somewhere quieter usually choose to live in the Park Central and Domicilio apartment complexes or in houses on the "dark side" of campus.
  • The "light side" of campus, particularly Bellomy and Lafayette streets, are popular for students who are looking to live in a fun, lively atmosphere.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $2,000
  • 3 BR: $3,000
  • 4 BR: $3,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 98 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 99 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 74% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% 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 98 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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