Off Campus Housing

Looking for off-campus housing?

Below are links to assist students in finding rooms and/or apartments around or near the University of La Verne.  Please note that these links are provided as a service to students:

  • Off-Campus Housing 101 is a service specializing in working with Colleges and Universities to identify rooms and apartments for rent.
  • Apartment List is free resource to help students find housing.  They offer an apartment-matching engine and each city is broken down into neighborhoods, highlighting pricing, noise level, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, etc.

Disclaimer

As a service to La Verne students, the Housing and Residential Life Office provides links to third party websites.  They are provided for convenience and information only.   The Housing and Residential Life office does not investigate, endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of any listing or referrals or the suitability of those responding to the listings.

The University is not responsible for the safety or condition of the property or representations made by persons concerning the property. The University has no knowledge concerning the business practices or rental policies of the persons who own or rent the properties.

Students and others living off-campus should investigate the condition of the property and the rental policies and practices of the persons and firms with whom they are considering entering into rental agreements.

Living On-Campus vs. Living Off-Campus

We believe that living on-campus offers college students the best possible environment to maximize their collegiate experience and to grow personally, socially, and academically.

That said, sometimes individuals will compare possible costs for living off-campus and come to the conclusion that it is cheaper. What is often forgotten are many of the hidden costs associated with living off-campus. Below is a simple comparison of some of those costs.

Living On-Campus

Expense

Living Off-Campus (estimates)

$544 – $850(Oaks Triple – New Hall Single)

Rent

(per month)

$1,180 – $1,353(Apt 1 Bed – Apt 2 Bed)
$16 – $33($150-$300 app. fee averaged over 9 month)

Application / Security Deposit

$131 – $150(one month rent averaged over 9 month)
$263 – $313(10 meal plan – 19 meal plan at dining hall)

Food/Meals

(per month)

$268 -$335(groceries purchased and cooked at home)
$50 – $65

Parking/Gas

(per month)

($30 annual parking pass)

$150 – $300
$0

Water

(per month)

$20 – $30
$0

Garbage/Sewer

(per month)

$25 – $35
$0

Electricity

(per month)

$35 – $80
$0

Cable

(per month)

$45 – $90
$0

Gas – heating/cooking

(per month)

$20 – $35
$0

Internet

(per month)

$35 – $60
$0

Basic Furniture

(bed, mattress, dresser, desk, chair)

$50 – $67(estimated total cost, $450 – 600, averaged over 9 month)

$873 – $1,261

Total Costs Per Month

$1,959 – $2,535

Sources used to calculate estimated costs

http://www.myapartmentmap.com/apartments/ca/la_verne/

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodCost-Home.htm

http://www.costoflivingbystate.org/cost-of-living-in-california.html

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/10609/

While a student living off-campus can often find creative ways to minimize costs, the quality of life starts to go down (and often so do grades). When calculated over a 9 month period the savings associated with living on-campus are even more dramatic.

In addition to the financial advantages, students living on-campus also benefit from intangibles that can really make a difference. Below is a simple summary comparison.

Living On-Campus

vs

Living Off-Campus (estimates)

  • Application fee ($150 – 300)
  • Must be an enrolled student at University

Requirements to apply

  • Credit Check
  • Security Deposit and First Month Rent
  • Leases are over 9 month period
  • Student able to cancel lease if: a) no longer attending school; b) gets married or has a kid; c) has a documented personal hardship (health or financial)
  • Student may be charged one month equivalent to room cost as penalty for cancellation
  • Leases are per individual student not for whole group living in room/suite.   If one student cancels, no one else affected.

Leases

  • Leasing terms vary from month-to-month to 12-month
  • Very difficult to break leases (regardless of changes to student’s status) and consequences are financially severe (i.e. minimally loss of current month rent and application deposit)
  • Leases are given to group of individuals renting apartment.  If one student leaves, remaining students are responsible for uncovered rent and lease.
  • Award letters are taken into account when working with students as promise of payment
  • Room and Board costs are automatically deducted from student account (student does not always have to have money in hand or pay out of pocket)

Financial Aid

  • Outside businesses will not consider a financial aid award letter as promise of payment. They prefer cash, check or credit/debit cards (i.e. money in hand)
  • Students have to wait until start of the semester before they can access financial aid funds
  •  Professional housing and campus security staff are available to help students resolve interpersonal conflicts
  • If needed, student can move to a different room/location with minimal impact to their lease

Interpersonal Conflict

  • Students must resolve conflict on their own
  • If they can’t resolve conflict, may need to cancel lease and face penalties
  • Professional live-in staff available 24/7/365
  • Campus Safety Offices available 24/7/365
  • La Verne Police station located next to campus
  • Escort services available

Safety

  • Possible security guard
  •  Custodial staff clean public areas and shared restrooms every day
  • Maintenance staff available to assist students with basic repairs at no cost (except in cases of vandalism)

Repairs/Cleaning

  • Students responsible for cleaning apartments/living area
  • Should something in apartment break, students may need to pay for fixing it.
  •  Housing and the University collaborate to put on activities and facilitate an environment where students can get to know each other; learn about and respect differences; get involved and practice leadership skills
  • Students’ focus is on succeeding academically and having the real college experience

Community, Inclusivity, Academic Success, Leadership and Engagement

  • Students are on their own
  • Don’t have to search for parking, closer to classes the library, activities, professors, staff and faculty

Convenience

  • Student spends additional time and energy finding parking and trying to access campus resources