Living Off Campus

Before you decide to live off-campus, consider the pros and cons and learn how they impact your financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office has determined the costs associated with living off-campus based on national averages as well as the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS).

2020-2021 budgets for attending Occidental College

  On-Campus Off-Campus
Tuition $55,980 $55,980
Room & Board $16,600 $13,066*
Required Fees $596 $596
Total Direct Costs $73,176 $56,576

*Students that live off campus are not billed directly for room and board charges. This amount is a budget used to determine the cost of attendance when awarding financial aid to students living off-campus.

In awarding financial aid, Occidental also considers indirect costs for books and supplies, local transportation and for personal and miscellaneous expenses. Indirect costs range between $2,740 - $3,990 depending on cohort and personal circumstances.  

Students must have health insurance in order to enroll at Oxy. The Occidental Student Health Insurance Program (OSHIP) premium cost for the 2020-21 academic year is $2,594, but may be waived for students who are covered under a parent's policy or have other health care coverage. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be required to enroll in the OSHIP.

Learn more about charges for the 2020-2021 academic year.