Students who choose to live off-campus will find a large number of apartment complexes near the Vanguard campus and throughout the surrounding Costa Mesa community. The Residence Life Office maintains a directory of local apartments and will provide suggestions to incoming students. Rental rates vary, but tend to be relatively high because of the University’s close proximity to the beaches. One-bedroom apartments rent for $975–$1600 per month, while two-bedroom apartments range from $1300-$2400 per month. Families moving into the area should allow a minimum of one month prior to attending classes to search for and secure off-campus housing.
Before making a decision to live off-campus, please consider the costs. The following links will direct you to the on-campus housing and meal costs for the upcoming academic year, and a helpful budget worksheet to consider all expenses for on and off campus living.
All students who desire to live off-campus must submit an Off-Campus Petition to the Residence Life Office each semester during housing registration. Click here to download the Off-Campus Petition.
Off-Campus Living Resources
- Tips and Resources for finding Independent Housing
- To Live Off Campus or On Campus? Use this budget worksheet to compare the costs.
- Student Testimonial regarding “On and Off-Campus Living”
- Roommate Agreement
- On and Off Campus Budget Worksheet
Local Apartment Search Engines
You may begin a search for local apartment housing using the following links:
Note: The apartment listings in the above websites have not been screened in any way by Vanguard University. You are encouraged to investigate apartment complexes thoroughly before choosing a facility or signing a lease. Utilize this list at your own discretion.
Rooms for Rent
The Housing Coordinator keeps a listing of local landlords with rooms or apartments for rent. Current students and accepted new students may request this listing to be sent to them via email by contacting the Housing Coordinator in the Student Life Center. Vanguard University has not screened the apartments and/or landlords in this listing. Students are encouraged to thoroughly investigate and screen the landlord and apartment before signing a lease.
To contact the Housing Coordinator: