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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on if you live in North Village or South of Wilshire, your experience varies a lot. I have only lived South of Wilshire, and the apartments are huge and much less expensive than North Village, and students in this area are serviced by a free student shuttle that comes every 15 minutes, so I think that is worth it. However, North Village tends to be smaller and a lot pricier and a lot louder.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I was searching for off-campus housing this year and for UCLA's off-campus was gone the first day so I had to look for private apartments. The apartments I look at for the most part were good, but it didn't work out for me this year.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: High parking price. Depending on where you rent, can be cheaper than dorms, far from campus

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live in it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know much about it other than it is typically much cheaper than UCLA's housing. UCLA also owns apartments that it subleases to students.

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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
64%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
6%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,446
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 230 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 228 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 225 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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