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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on campus and am looking into off campus housing so I don't know very much about it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: so expensive around here. but safe

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is great because it is close to campus, there is a variety to choose from, and it is cheaper than on-campus housing. The problem is looking for it yourself, finding roommates, and furnishing the apartment.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is cheaper than on campus and most of the students take advantage of this

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: saves you money from dorming on campus and you are more free to do what you please

2 people found this useful Report
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With the cost of living in Irvine reportedly among the highest in the nation, off-campus housing even remotely close to campus is going to cost more than just a pretty penny. However, off-campus apartments are very high quality and very desirable. Apparently, the people at IAC (Irvine Apartment Communities, the company that runs most of the nearby apartment complexes) set the bar high for the price of living in safe, sweet luxury. The price of living in the dorms isn’t much better, since the University still takes an arm and a leg for those blasted meal plans freshman year.

Fear not, however. Hope lies within apartments in neighboring cities, such as Huntington Beach, where the cost of living is cheaper, if only marginally. Splitting the room cost with a former dorm buddy will make rent more affordable, so scrape up some friends and some cash while apartment hunting. Also, take into consideration the fact that driving back and forth to campus every day will add more to your cost of living, and once you get to campus, you’ll have to find a parking space. But, overall, living off campus can work, and if you have the resources to find and pay for a good place, you can’t beat the independence.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
64%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,737
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second quarter.
Popular Areas
  • Berkeley Court
  • Dartmouth Court
  • Stanford Court
  • Vista Del Campo Norte (VDCN)
  • Vista Del Campo(VDC
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,150
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 3 BR: $2,300
  • Studio: $875

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 231 responses

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  • 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 231 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 231 responses

  • 19% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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