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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Kind of pricey the closer you get to campus, but still reasonable

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of University apartments available to students, and they are almost as close to main campus as the dorms are! I've heard very positive things about the apartments in Westwood.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus housing is it's own can of worms. I haven't had to deal with it much, but from what I understand from my friends who are taking that route, it carries some problems. There are places that are much better than others, and places that are much worse. I've had friends who have had their water unexpectedly turned off for the day without previous notice, I've had friends who have to deal with landlords who are pains and friends that are paying way too much for the amount of space they have compared to what others are getting. There are a fair amount of options, but they fill up really quickly leaving little options for those who might need to move mid year. It's really close to the Hill and other housing which is good. The cost ranges from fair to too expensive, and only on the good deal side if you have an in with the landlord, speaking of which, most of the landlords appear to be total pains to deal with and have little interest in anything besides your rent check. As far as I know the school offers little assistance in finding apartments.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus dining is one of the things I miss about UCLA. So much variety.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked into off campus housing, so I can't give an opinion. But from what I've heard, it does not sound so bad.

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Off-campus housing prices are high in Westwood, but for many students, the proximity to classes and activities is worth it—in many cases, the apartments are closer to the dining halls and classrooms than the dorms! Apartments are also incredibly close to the party scene, and many three-room places morph into parties themselves. Parking is usually included, which is a giant plus when considering the miserable parking scenario on campus. To combat steep rent and the competitive vibe of popular buildings, students typically share Westwood rooms that could be found for lower prices in Brentwood or Santa Monica.

Moving to a place slightly farther away from campus has its pros and cons. Although many warn of the “commute” when living farther from campus, time isn't an issue with a car or public transportation. If you know the bus schedule and live near a stop, you can get to school in the same amount of time as people who walk from Westwood. Places like West Los Angeles are out of the UCLA bubble zone, so they boast a quieter and more mature, independent atmosphere. However, for students who crave involvement with their Bruin cronies, the social cost of living far from campus is too high.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Try to secure a place before spring break-early February is a good time to start the process.
Popular Areas
  • Brentwood
  • Santa Monica
  • Westwood, especially on Midvale, Gayley, Kelton, or Landfair
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,100
  • 1 BR: $1,280
  • 2 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 211 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 210 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 211 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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