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Interning in Los Angeles this summer? Come stay with us!

Summer 2024 Application Now Open!

Spend the Summer in L.A.

Oxy (that's shorthand for Occidental College) welcomes LA-bound interns to spend the summer with us. You'll enjoy the best of both worlds: Oxy's small campus provides an affordable, clean, and laid-back home-base while you take care of business on weekdays. When you're ready to unwind, our hip urban location offers easy access to every epic scene Los Angeles has to offer. Whether your goal is an in-depth comparison of authentic ramen noodles, or to visit every beach in LA (impossible!), living at Oxy puts it all within reach.

Housing & Meal Plans

Affordability, privacy, convenience... we've got options to meet all your needs. Choose from 5 room types in 2 residence halls. All rooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished with the basics plus a microwave and mini-fridge. All housing includes access to lounges, free laundry, and plenty of free parking. All housing packages include 7 or 14 meals per week

Bell-Young Hall is a traditional style residence hall that offers affordability without compromising comfort. 

Features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Basic furnishings (bed, dresser, desk, desk chair)
  • Microwave and mini-fridge in every room
  • 3 communal restrooms (1 per floor)
  • 2 lounges
  • Access to the kitchen
  • Free laundry
  • Free parking

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Room Options & Pricing: 

  • 7 Meals:
    • Single room = $4,717.39 for 5-weeks / $961.78 per additional week
    • Double room = $2,719.55 for 5-weeks / $550.46 per additional week
  • 14 Meals:
    • Single room = $5,167.38 for 5-weeks / $1,051.78 per additional week
    • Double room = $3,169.54 for 5-weeks / $640.46 per additional week

Looking for privacy? Berkus Hall is your answer.

Features:

  • Private bathroom in every room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Basic furnishings (bed, dresser, desk, desk chair)
  • Microwave and mini-fridge in every room
  • Lounges + outdoor courtyards
  • Access to elevator
  • Free laundry
  • Free secure on-site parking structure

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Room Options & Pricing: 

  • 7 Meals:
    • Single room = $4,964.91 for 5-weeks / $1,012.74 per additional week
    • Double room = $3,196.91 for 5-weeks / $648.74 per additional week
  • 14 Meals:
    • Single room = $5,414.90 for 5-weeks / $1,102.74 per additional week
    • Double room = $3,646.90 for 5-weeks / $738.74 per additional week

Each suite includes 3 private singles + 1 bathroom.

Features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Basic furnishings (bed, dresser, desk, desk chair)
  • Microwave and mini-fridge (1 per suite)
  • Lounges + outdoor courtyards
  • Access to elevator
  • Free laundry
  • Free secure on-site parking structure

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Pricing:

  •  7 meals per week = $3,727.31 for 5-weeks / $747.54 per additional week
  • 14 meals per week = $4,177.30 for 5-weeks / $847.84 per additional week

Lucky you… Chowhound rated our food #5 out of the top 18 campus sites, and PETA gave us an “A” on our vegan report card. The Marketplace dining room is open daily, with all-you-care-to-eat options from vegan pizza and organic salads, to street-style tacos with homemade salsa.

A Meal Plan is required (7 or 14 meals per week). Meal Plans may be used for any meal during Marketplace hours (open 7 days a week).

We have your work week in mind:

  • Need to hit the road early? Grab-n-go breakfast options are available starting at 6:30 AM on most weekdays.
  • Sack lunches are available on weekdays; place your order the day before and pick up in the morning before you leave.
  • Dinner is served until 7:00 PM on weekdays.

Around Us

Coolest neighborhood in the WORLD? Yep… that’s what TimeOut says. Oxy is nestled on the border between the Eagle Rock and Highland Park neighborhoods of Los Angeles. You’ll be steps from York Boulevard, with its vegan cafes, live music, third-wave coffee houses, handsome cocktail spots, vintage vinyl shops, and buzzing food truck scene. Catch the Gold Line and explore all of LA… from sandy beaches and canyon hiking trails, to world-class museums and shopping galore. Still want more? How about scuba diving off Catalina Island or a weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Monument (1.5 hours away)? Los Angeles awaits you.

2024 Housing Dates

  • Minimum Stay: 5 weeks
  • Maximum Stay: 11 weeks (13 weeks is available for Dodgers interns)
  • First Check-in: SUN 5/26 (We do have limited availability for SUN 5/19)
  • Last Checkout: SAT 8/10
  • Applications opening soon

Eligibility

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proof of internship / employment in immediate area for duration of stay
  • We also welcome researchers, traveling nurses, study tour participants, and others in need of short-term summer housing

Need to Know

  • Parking
  • Wi-fi
  • On-site Laundry
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Occidental College does not provide transportation services. Here are some options for interns without personal vehicles:

  • Bus
  • Metro Light Rail
  • Lyft / Uber
  • Zipcar
  • Scooters
  • Taxi

  • Payments can be made by credit card only
  • Click on the link provided in your housing acceptance email or click here.
  • Once logged in you may have to enter the code SUMMERINTERN24 to access the Make a Payment section. 
  • Once in, you will need to click on the grey Make a Payment button to make your payment and then enter the required information, and then submit payment.
  • You will need to do these steps for both the $500 deposit (Due within 7 days of receiving your housing acceptance email) and your Full balance (Due 10 days before your Check-in Date).

Click here to see some helpful reminders and information to ensure a stress-free Check-in

Click here for more information.

How do I secure a spot in housing?

First, complete the application. Applications are typically approved within 7-10 business days. If approved, you will receive a Housing acceptance email. To guarantee your space, you must pay a $500 Reservation Deposit within 7 days of receiving the email. 

What is the payment schedule?

  • $50 application fee = Due at the time of submitting the application
  • $500 deposit = Due within 7 days of receiving your Housing acceptance email
  • Full balance = Due 10 days before your arrival date

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept electronic payment only. You must make all payments using our Iris Program which allows you to make online payments with a credit card.

Do you offer payment plans?

Payment plans are not available.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

  • You may terminate your Housing Agreement by providing written notice to the Conference Services Office at least 10 days before your arrival date. The $500 deposit is not refundable.
  • Once terms are contractualized on your Housing Agreement, there are no refunds for late arrivals or early departures.

Can I request a specific person for a roommate?

  • Yes. Roommates must have compatible arrival and departure dates, the same housing selection, and roommate preference.
  • You may request roommate(s) by name on your application, or submit a request to conference@oxy.edu up to 14 days before your arrival date.
  • We make every effort to accommodate roommate requests but cannot guarantee assignments. Roommates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and at the same time.

If I don’t have a roommate, do you choose for me? How is my roommate assigned?

You will specify roommate preferences on the application; we’ll use your info to identify a person(s) with compatible preferences and stay dates. Please note that we do not communicate roommate information to residents at any time.

Can I switch my room or roommate later?

Housing changes are subject to current availability. If the change is approved, you will incur a $50 change fee.

When can I check in? When is checkout?

  • Check-ins take place on Sundays between May 19 - July 7 (May 19 Check-in slots are very limited). Check-in time is 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. You will receive an email with check-in instructions approximately 14 days before your arrival date. 
  • Checkouts take place on Saturdays between 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. The last Checkout date is August 17 (August 17 Check-in slots are very limited).

How do I get a parking permit?

You may request a parking permit on your application, or at any time up to 14 days prior to check-in. Permits are free and are issued at check-in. You must provide the following info at check-in: Vehicle make, model, color, license plate number and state of issue.

How does my Meal Plan work?

  • You will either have 7 meals per week or 14 meals per week.
  • Meals may be used for any meal during open hours.
  • Meal Plans re-set every Sunday morning; unused meals do not carry over to subsequent weeks.
  • You are required to manage the number of meals you use each week.
  • You may upgrade your Meal Plan at any time during your stay.

Where are meals served?

Summer meal service takes place in the Marketplace (open every day). Meals are “all you can eat” and must be consumed in the dining room; there is no “to go” option. Your keycard will be programmed with your Meal Plan info; you must bring it to the Marketplace and swipe it for entry (or pay cash at the door).

What are Marketplace (dining hall) hours?

  • Marketplace is open 7 days a week (Sunday - Saturday)
  • Marketplace hours
  • Marketplace hours may vary for holidays or other service needs, but you may expect 17 - 21 meals to be available each week.

Can I get food via a delivery service (DoorDash, GrubHub, etc.)?

Yes! However, please note that the College uses 1 address for the entire campus. It may not be possible to arrange for delivery to a specific residence hall (every building has the same address).

Am I able to have guests visit me on campus?

Short answer is yes. For details about our, Guest Policy see the Intern Handbook.

Are housekeeping services provided?

Housekeeping service is not provided to resident rooms, or bathrooms located within your room or suite. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms throughout their stay. Housekeeping service is provided to communal areas: Lounges, hallways, and communal restrooms.

Is linen provided?

No. Please bring your own pillow, bedding, and towels. Beds are size twin X-Long.

Will I have access to a kitchen?

If you live in Braun Hall you will have access to a kitchen, if you live in Berkus Hall you will not. But each room/suite has a microwave and mini-fridge.

Can I stay in my housing after my contract ends? I am willing to pay extra.

Extended stays are not available. Please have a backup housing plan if you think your stay may extend beyond your departure date.

Ready to Apply?

To submit an application for Summer Intern Housing, you will need to gather info and materials in advance. Once this is done, we estimate it will take 20 minutes to complete the application form.

You will be asked to type the following information directly onto the form:

  • Housing and Meal Plan needs
  • Check-in & Checkout dates
  • Internship details (address, supervisor’s name and contact info, begin/end dates)
  • Roommate preference information
  • Emergency contact info (name, mailing address, contact info)

To submit your application for Summer Intern Housing, you must upload 3 files:

  1. Proof of internship/employment (offer, acceptance letter, or other document verifying position)
  2. Government-issued ID displaying your name, date of birth, and photo (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  3. Signed Community Pass Waiver (for access to Fitness Center and Pool)

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Day 1 = Submit application
  • By Day 14 = Housing acceptance or rejection email sent
  • By Day 21 = Deadline to pay $500 Reservation Deposit
  • All of the above must be completed in order to secure your Summer Intern Housing

Please note that Day means Business Day (Monday - Friday) until we our in our summer time schedule. 

If your application is closed:

  • If you fail to respond or complete requirements at any point, your application will be closed.
  • You may reopen your application at a later date (if we are still accepting applications)
  • There is a $50 fee to reopen your application
  • Reopened applications are subject to availability

  • First-time users:
    • An account will need to be created. You will need to provide:
      • Email address (This email will be what the registration system and our office use to communicate with you)
      • Password (Must be between 10 and 64 characters long)
      • First Name
      • Last Name
    • Once an account is created you will receive an email that says you have created a new account with Iris Registration and it will have a link to the application (screenshot below as a sample).  
  • Recurring users:
    • If you are someone who will be using the room reservation request form multiple times, upon sign-in you will be asked to provide a code to access the form. The code is SUMMERINTERN24. 
  • Once the request is received, the request will be reviewed, and if the dates meet our minimum week requirement and housing is available a Housing acceptance email will be sent to confirm housing and meal plan assignments.