Handbook

Apartments / Housing

WHEN RENTING FIRST CONSIDER:
Safety

While apartments located in unsafe neighborhoods may be relatively inexpensive, the safety of the neighborhood should be your primary concern when looking for an apartment. Westwood, and West LA in general, are safe areas but it is always good to be cautious.

Transportation and Proximity to Campus

If you do not plan to purchase a car, it is very important that the apartment have public transportation nearby. Please see the “Transportation” webpage on the left for more information.

Utilities

Utilities, such as gas, electricity, and water and trash may be included in the price of the apartment. If the utilities are not included in the rent it is a good idea to ask the landlord how much the utilities usually cost per month. It is typical that water and trash will be included in your rent but usually gas, electricity, television and internet typically will not be included.

Terms of the Lease

A lease is a contract granting use or occupation of a property. Be sure to read everything before you sign a lease! Typically leases are 12 months in length but this is sometimes negotiable with the landlord. When you sign a lease, you are agreeing that you are responsible for the rent payments for the ENTIRE lease term. If you are a UCLA student the Student Legal Services will review your lease with you BEFORE you sign. Also please see the Student Legal Services website for more information about roommate agreements, terminating your tenancy in an apartment, etc.

Security Deposit

Most landlords will require a security deposit which usually runs the same as one month rent, although they do vary. If your rent is $900/month then it is likely your deposit will be an additional $900 in addition to your first month’s rent. Some landlords will allow you to break your deposit into payments (over 2 to 3 months) but you have to request it. Legally, you should receive your remaining deposit back within 21 days of leaving your apartment unless there is more damage to the apartment than basic wear and tear. Again, Student Legal Services is there to help you with any issues you have with landlords, security deposits, etc. so please contact them with any questions or to make an appointment.

Roommates

Due to the high cost of living in Westwood, and LA in general, it is very common that students share rooms or at least have another roommate to share the cost of the apartment and utilities. Be selective when choosing your roommates since you will be living with them for a while – make sure you learn as much as you can about their lifestyle and habits (waking time, sleeping time, alcohol, smoking, cleanliness, party/study habits, etc.) and your adjustment to living with roommates will be a lot easier.

UCLA HOUSING

UCLA offers a range of student housing for both undergraduate and graduate students. These housing options include on-campus dormitories (primarily undergraduate students) and off-campus university apartments (primarily graduate students), all of which are usually furnished.

Undergraduate Housing:

On-campus housing (residential halls) includes a meal plan option. UCLA housing also offers university apartments that are located throughout the surrounding Westwood apartment area and are in walking distance from the campus. Please see www.housing.ucla.edu for more information.

*If you are planning to arrive to UCLA before your scheduled move-in date and you are attending iSTART@UCLA and UCLA New Student Orientation, you are eligible to move into the residence halls early. Please contact www.ask.housing.ucla.edu for more information.

Graduate Housing:

Graduate housing is generally located off-campus, either in Westwood or in the Palms area. Graduates who live off-campus are still eligible for on-campus dining at an extra cost. Please see https://housing.ucla.edu for more information on eligibility and rates.

*If you are planning to arrive to UCLA before your scheduled move-in date to attend iSTART@UCLA, you are eligible to change your lease start date. Contact the UCLA Housing Office (310) 206-7011 to change your move-in date.

UCLA COMMUNITY HOUSING OFFICE

The Community Housing Office (CHO) provides non-university owned rental listings and rental resources to the entire UCLA community. The office maintains a database of rental listings which includes shared and vacant apartments, rooms in private homes, studio apartments, guest houses and short-term sublets. Full-time UCLA students may search listings for free! Please see the Community Housing website for more information.

STUDENT.COM: APARTMENT PACKAGES

The Student.com is the world’s leading marketplace for international student housing, helping students find their perfect home abroad. Student.com has been six years in the making and our international team has already helped thousands of students find their home. Valuing total peace of mind, Student.com strives to treat every student with passion, integrity, excellence and a positive attitude.

In addition to our normal inventory, we have created Apartment Packages specifically for UCLA students that are located near campus. Rent a shared room for as low as $850 per month!

ZUMA HOUSING: APARTMENT PACKAGES

Zuma Housing is a full-service student housing company in Westwood with a dedicated staff and a variety of fully furnished rental properties around Los Angeles. Housing options include shared or private rooms, long or short-term stays, and luxurious or economical options. Zuma Housing prides itself on being the leader in short-term housing in the UCLA area, and a reputation for high customer satisfaction.

SOLUTIONS IN LA HOUSING: FURNISHED APARTMENTS NEAR UCLA

Solutions in LA provides domestic and foreign exchange students short term/long term furnished housing, always at an affordable cost. These apartments come with everything (all furniture and utilities) except bed linens and towels, but you can even get those if you request them in advance. So, you can start enjoying independence, freedom, and comfort by living in your own home quickly, without the hassle of setting up utilities or buying furniture. To get more information and book an apartment, please visit Solutions in LA Housing website or drop by their office located at 10940 Wilshire Blvd Suite 600.

CRAIGSLIST.ORG

While using Craigslist is typically the way that Americans find apartments or roommates, please be cautious when using this website. The website is unregulated and there can be a lot of scams on it, but the majority of the postings are legitimate and honest. Use your best judgment when responding to posting and ALWAYS go with a friend to meet with a potential roommate or to see an apartment.

COUCHSURFING

If you need a temporary place to stay because you are either first arriving to LA and don’t have an apartment, you are in the midst of moving between apartments or you are traveling around the US (or the world!) – www.CouchSurfing.org is a great resource to use. Again, use your judgment when communicating with people – make sure you review their profiles, testimonials left by previous couchsurfers, etc. CouchSurfing is a community made up of people who have a genuine interest in cross-cultural learning and you can meet some really amazing people all around the world, just use your best judgment when contacting people.

The Dashew Center even has a CouchSurfing group that has social events throughout the year so make sure you look out for those as well. You join the Dashew Center Group at www.CouchSurfing.org!



Student.com


Zuma


Solutions in LA


UCLA Housing
www.housing.ucla.edu
(310) 206-7011


UCLA Community Housing Office
www.cho.ucla.edu
(310) 825-4491


COUCHSURFING


UCLA STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES
www.studentlegal.ucla.edu
(310) 825-9894