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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: La Jolla is beautiful but too expensive. Also, the city is not made for younger people 20-30. There is no night-life. You have to drive to downtown, PB, Tijuana, Hillcrest etc.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off-campus and I prefer it much more than on-campus. The only con would be the convenience because now I need to always plan for buses and commuting time. But other than that, living off-campus is cheaper, cleaner and more-homey. Lots of variety of off-campus arrangements too.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of La Jolla is high. You would definitely appreciate the help of a roommate to pay the rent. Most people live with up to 4 people to bring down the cost. The area is very nice, but the cost can be difficult to deal with. A lot of students tend to live at UTC, but again, the cost makes it hard to live alone. Most of the local student areas though tend to be near the shuttle for campus and you hardly need your car. THAT IS 100% worth it. The parking is terrible and you'll save money by not driving and not paying for parking.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Unfortunately, I have little personal experience with the pros and cons of off-campus housing. Students usually do it for the freedom of campus rules and the bigger living space, even if cost is about the same as off-campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Nice places, not too much if you double room up.

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Finding off-campus housing for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience. Finding housing is not difficult, but finding affordable housing can be. Living in La Jolla is convenient because of the close proximity to school, but it is very expensive. To offset the cost of living in La Jolla, most students have three or four roommates. There are various advantages to living in La Jolla: It’s a safe neighborhood, it’s close to campus, there are tons of apartments available, all of the apartments are relatively new and well-maintained, and it’s also close to the beach. La Jolla can be a great place to live, and there are some apartment deals if you look hard enough.

It can also be an advantage to move out of La Jolla. Other popular cities close to campus are Pacific Beach, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa. Rent is usually cheaper in these areas, and they are almost as nice as La Jolla. For students who choose to live farther from campus, the main complaint is the commute. There are usually not direct bus routes to school, which causes the commute by bus to be unbearably long. There is also a lot of traffic in the mornings and evenings on the freeways, and it is always a challenge to park on campus. If you don’t mind driving and dealing with parking, then moving out of La Jolla would be for you. Otherwise, most students decide to find roommates or pay a little extra in rent so they can live in La Jolla and have an easier commute to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of fall quarter
Popular Areas
  • Clairemont
  • La Jolla
  • Mira Mesa
  • Pacific Beach
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,205
  • 2 BR: $1,650
  • Studio: $925

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 223 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 217 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 72% 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.
  • 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 220 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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