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Although Art Center does not have dormitories, we would like to assist you with your search for housing however possible.

Art Center's Off-Campus Housing Website
The Center for the Student Experience coordinates the off-campus housing website which provides students with local housing listings, roommate matching, message boards and additional information on transportation and city guides.

To access the site go to offcampushousing.artcenter.edu.

Recently admitted students can receive a "Guest" login through Admissions or the Center for the Student Experience offices to access all resources on the site. Current students can use their Art Center login information.

We will be happy to advise you on the neighborhoods of Pasadena and other nearby towns as you go over the listings. For questions regarding housing, please contact the Center for the Student Experience by email housing@artcenter.edu or phone 626.396.2323.

Important note: We do not endorse or independently investigate the quality or safety of any off-campus housing. It is the responsibility of the student to make contact with landlords, investigate properties and secure housing in which they feel comfortable and safe.

Universal Student Housing (USH)
In addition, Art Center partners with the Universal Student Housing (USH)

USH is a reliable homestay program offering housing resources for international students pursuing their education in the United States. Both short term and long term housing is available, and transportation upon arrival to your arranged homestay family.

To apply go to www.usaish.com or call 1-866-900-4USH USH is a program endorsed by Art Center, but is not a function of the College.


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Housing Price Ranges
Housing prices vary a great deal depending on location and quality, but as a general rule, housing can be found within the following price ranges:  

  • 1 Bedroom in a house or apartment: $500-900
  • Studio Apartment: $800-1,200
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: $900-1,400
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment: $1,200-2,300
  • 3 Bedroom Apartment or House: $1,900-2,500

* Due to the increasing cost of transportation, paying more for a room closer to Art Centers' campus may have financial advantages over paying less for housing accommodations farther away. It is important to begin your housing search as early as possible to have access to the most housing opportunities.  For more information on Transportation visit the resources page on http://offcampushousing.artcenter.edu/

California Tenants' Rights
Questions regarding California tenants' rights may be addressed in a publication titled “California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities” printed by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

You can check out The California Tenants Book online.


  1. Get it in writing! You should look over the premises and document in writing any agreements made between you and your landlord for repairs or cleaning that need to be done prior to move in. If you are renting a room in a home, have the owner put any house rules or stipulations in your lease.
  2. Take Pictures! Before you move any of your belongings into your new home, take pictures (documenting carpet condition, appliances, windows and window coverings, etc.). This is a good way to protect yourself when you move out. Provide a set for your landlord and keep one set for yourself.
  3. Additional Tips: For additional tips on housing and suggestions about dealing with roommates, bills, and rental agreements, the resource page on offcampushousing.artcenter.edu.    

Art Center Student Housing Services Contacts
Center for the Student Experience
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
T. 626.396.2323
F. 626.683.7614
E. housing@artcenter.edu


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