Oxy has a three-year live on requirement, which means that all students must live in college-owned housing for their first three years. With approval, a limited number of Juniors may be given the opportunity to live off-campus.
Seniors are not guaranteed on-campus housing, and will need to apply if they are interested in being considered for living on-campus.
Off-campus living is different than residence hall life. It can be an exciting change, but it also comes with some new responsibilities. We know that this is the first time many of you have signed leases or paid your own utilities. Don't worry–although you won't be living on campus with us anymore we're still here to help.
Even when you live off campus, you're still a Tiger. You can still purchase a meal plan and eat at the Marketplace, go to campus events, get career advice from the CDC, and everything else you're used to doing on campus–it's just a little further away.
We also encourage students living off-campus to get involved in the neighborhood. Oxy has many programs that work in the surrounding area; start by contacting the Office Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) to see how you can get participate and give back to the local community.
Lastly, living off campus may impact your financial aid package. For more information please visit the Financial Aid website or contact them directly.
- Resources to Seek Off-Campus Housing
- Oxy Switchboard is a portal for Oxy students, alums, and community members to connect to share and connect with resources. The Switchboard is, at the moment, the most popular students sending out requests for roommates for off-campus housing, as well as community members offering off-campus housing.
- Places4Students is another site, similar to a Craigslist, where students can also find housing. This site was the main website we sent students, before the Oxy Switchboard gained in popularity.
- Jorge del Pinal is a local Los Angeles realtor, who has worked with the college on connecting students to local off-campus housing since the beginning of the pandemic. Jorge is very knowledgeable about housing in the Eagle Rock and Highland Park area, and would be able to provide off-campus housing options that may be available.
- Rising Junior Live-Off Campus Application Process
Permission to live off-campus is determined through an application process during the spring semester of a student’s sophomore year. Students should not sign a lease for or otherwise commit to off-campus housing until they receive written approval from the Office of Residential Education and Housing Services in the month of May that precedes the student’s junior year. Students who do not have written permission to reside off-campus are obligated to reside in, and pay for, room and board on campus in accordance with the College’s housing policies.
Residential Education and Housing Services will send rising juniors information about the applying to live off-campus via email in early February.