Housing at most colleges and universities is expensive. Most of the time, dormitories are more expensive (and often less comfortable) than other options.
We believe part of growing up is living within a local community. Campus housing often segregates students from the community. The local communities around Oak Valley College provide a variety of options for students to explore ranging from urban to suburban. Communities we recommend are safe, vibrant, and rich in traditions and experiences.
Outlined below are some options for you to consider.
Option 1: Homestay
This is the most affordable and engaging option. You will room with a local Christian family. Living with a family provides you with a rich and rewarding support system. You will be treated as an adult, maintaining a great degree of independence. You will be free to come and go as you please, but you also need to respect "house rules." You should anticipate paying $200-$400 per month for a bedroom, shared bathroom, access to kitchen and laundry. You may be able to pay extra for some meals depending on the arrangement with the host family.
Oak Valley College collects information from homestay host families throughout the year.. Referrals are provided to students who have been admitted. For your best option, apply for admission early.
Option 2: Campus communities (near Oak Valley college)
If you want the traditional college or university campus experience, there are several options to consider. UC Riverside, University of Redlands, Cal State University, San Bernardino, and Loma Linda University are close by. Each of these campuses have "off-campus" housing options that provide a more traditional college living experience . All campuses are within 15 minutes of Oak Valley College (5-10 miles).
UC Riverside offers a large urban campus environment with apartment complexes and a vibrant (busy) campus feel. There are many options available for students to find roommates and share an apartment. Nearly all options are close to entertainment, food, and other services. Costs are $500-$750 per month with roommates. University Village Towers (www.universityvillagetowers.com) is one of the larger complexes and may be a good place to start. Many apartments provide referrals for roommates.
University of Redlands has a wide variety of off campus student housing options, ranging from small single-family homes to larger apartment complexes. Costs are $400-$600 per month with roommates. The community around the University is residential and about a mile from historic downtown Redlands with access to entertainment, food, and shopping.
Loma Linda University is a health services campus five miles from OVC. Housing options tend to be geared toward pre-professionals and families. There are several nearby apartment complexes and single-family homes that are shared by students. The campus is suburban, and housing is $400-$600 per month with roommates.
Cal State University, San Bernardino offers limited options for you to consider. CSUSB is primarily a commuter campus, but there are several student apartment complexes nearby. The campus is suburban, and housing with roommates is $400-$600 per month.
Option 3: RENTING/ROOMMATES
Renting an apartment on your own offers the most flexibility, and it may be affordable with a roommate(s). Centerpointe Apartments is a good option to consider ($950 per month for a one bedroom unit). Oak Valley College does not take responsibility for roommate matching, but we may know of other students looking for a roommate. Again, apply early for the most flexibility and options to consider.