Fall 2020 Housing

The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced profound logistical challenges as CalArts tries to uphold critical safety and health protocols. To meet best practices for physical distancing and to keep all students, staff, and faculty safe, the Institute has decided not to offer on-campus housing this academic year. We plan to announce new housing options close to campus in the next few weeks.


General Housing Questions

Why was this decision made? 

We are following public health and safety guidelines for residential living and advice of experts in order to keep students safe and healthy. At the same time, the reality of COVID-19 has introduced profound logistical challenges as we uphold critical safety and health protocols. So we can meet best practices for physical distancing and to keep all students safe, the Institute has decided not to offer on-campus housing this fall.

I have never been to Valencia (Los Angeles County). What areas do you suggest as being safest, most affordable, and seemingly ideal for living? Valencia, Saugus, Newhall, Val Verde, Stevenson Ranch. 

Residence Life staff created an Off-Campus Housing Guide to help assist any student looking for housing in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area. This guide provides more information on the communities located in Santa Clarita Valley. Residence Life staff are available to answer any questions students have regarding how to best use this guide through email at residencelife@calarts.edu or through phone Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm PST at 661-253-7897.

Will Res Life/CalArts be in charge of finding roommates for students living off-campus? If not, how will the student find roommates/ people to live with? 

No. The Facebook group called CalArts Exchange is a good resource to get in touch with other CalArts students.

Is CalArts willing to cosign for me to obtain an apartment? 

No.  

Will Residence Life assist with setting students up with off-campus housing or will they just provide possible options? 

Residence Life staff created an Off-Campus Housing Guide to help assist students looking for housing in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area.

Residence Life staff are available to answer any questions students have regarding how to best use this guide through email at residencelife@calarts.edu or through phone Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm PST at 661-253-7897.  

Is there housing support from LA County or Santa Clarita for domestic and international students? 

There is no special housing support for international students by LA County or Santa Clarita that we are aware of at this time. 

I have accommodations and need a quiet, safe room to be able to focus on my work, and get adequate sleep. I don’t think I can find that on my own in the CalArts area. What do I do?

You know your needs the best. Our Off-Campus Housing Guide has quite the variety of places to look so that students can match their needs to the best of their abilities. If securing a room alone is something you are interested in, it would be recommended to look at apartments so that you can have your own room.  You can also contact Residence Life residencelife@calarts.edu or call 661-253-7897 for help. 

Could you waive the two-week self-quarantine period if I submit a negative test result?

Because we do not know where students are traveling from it is recommended that all students will need to self quarantine. This will give the incubation period some time to show up on a test result. A negative test result does not prohibit you from contracting Covid-19 in your travel or interactions outside of your home.  

I found a house to share with nine other people because I can't live on campus. I share a room with two other people. There is no way I can self-quarantine for two weeks.  What can I do?

We know that our students are aiming to live together due to cost of living. However, it is possible that cohorts can self-=quarantine together, much like families. The task at hand will be to develop guidelines for your house so that everyone can follow the same quarantine protocols.  

Will I still have access to the on-campus housing facilities such as the gym, pool, patio areas, Mom’s Kitchen, etc.? 

No. 

Can we get a refund on our tuition deposit?

No, the tuition deposit is not refundable.

Can we get a refund on our housing deposit? 

Yes, $325 of the $350 is refundable. The other $25 is the nonrefundable application fee. More information regarding this refund will be emailed in July to students who applied for housing. 

How will CalArts help students who have special accommodations/accessibility issues, who’d planned on being on-campus/utilizing health services?

CalArts students will still be able to utilize the Care and Wellbeing services on campus. These include Student Health Services, Therapists, and Disability Services offices. Most appointments will be screened via telephone and appointments through telehealth, still available free of charge to enrolled students. 

Will there be additional help for students who did not apply to live on campus but still need help finding housing, especially now that there will be much higher competition for limited options?

Residence Life staff created an Off-Campus Housing Guide to help assist any student looking for housing in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area. Residence Life staff are available to answer any questions students have regarding how to best use this guide through email at residencelife@calarts.edu or through phone Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm PST at 661-253-7897. 

Can new students be put in touch with continuing students for options? Can you help me find students who are looking for roommates?

The Facebook page called CalArts Exchange is a good resource to get in touch with other CalArts students.

Will there be a specific CalArts-run housing site where current students can post room openings for new students (aside from just the Facebook page)?

No. Due to liability reasons we are not able to run a page like this. However, the Facebook page called CalArts Exchange is a good resource to get in touch with other CalArts students.

If all students are living off-campus, will CalArts be offering transportation services to access campus? 

The Office of Student Experience is working with the City of Santa Clarita to be able to sell bus passes on campus for students this upcoming year as well as speaking with other transportation providers about low or no-cost options.

I am an RA and was expecting to have free housing, what now?

Resident Assistants for 2020-2021 have not been chosen. The selection committee for this position will reach out to all final candidates to share other possible on campus job opportunities for next year.  

In lieu of RA positions, will there be new employment opportunities available for students who were counting on those paid positions? 

Yes. The Office of Student Experience is working on creating a job description for a position that will help support the work in that office and assist with on-line campus events as well. More information regarding this position will be shared with students in July. 

Now that there is no on-campus housing for 2020-2021 will my housing application be deferred to next year?  

No. Housing applications from this year will not be deferred to next year. Once we are able to house students on campus again students will need to fill out and submit another housing application at that time. 

Do I have a priority in getting on-campus housing for next year?

Our student housing is done based on a lottery system, meaning, once all applications are submitted students are assigned housing at random. This process prioritizes first year students but does not guarantee housing.

Do international students or out of state students get priority this semester/next semester/year?

Our student housing is done based on a lottery system, meaning, once all applications are submitted students are assigned housing at random. This process prioritizes first year students but does not guarantee housing.

Will there be housing in the spring?

For now, the decision to not house students on campus covers the entire academic year. If there is a change, we will communicate that to all students.


Financial Aid and Housing

Will my 2020-2021 FAFSA be affected if I chose “On-Campus” on my application? 

Your 2020-21 FAFSA will not be affected. You are not required to make any changes to the FAFSA due to CalArts’ decision to not offer on-campus housing accommodations. 

What will happen to my 2020-21 Cost of Attendance Housing Budget Component?

All students who are currently budgeted for On-Campus Housing and Meals will be re-budgeted for Off-Campus Housing and Meals. Because the off-campus housing budget is a slightly higher anticipated expense than that of on-campus housing, this will result in an increased Cost of Attendance budget for all students. Please refer to the newly updated Tuition & Fees and Cost of Attendance schedules at: 

*Please be mindful that Cost of Attendance are estimated figures, and in no way speak to the exact amount a student may require to secure off- campus housing for the academic year. 

What will happen to my scholarships and grants? 

There will be no anticipated changes to the 2020-21 merit scholarship and/or grants that you are awarded. 

What will happen to my Federal and/or Private Educational Loans that I have already applied for? 

If you or your parent have already applied for the “maximum” PLUS Loan or Private Educational Loan for 2020-21, these loans will automatically be increased to the new, maximum amount based on the Off-Campus Housing and Meals budget. If you no longer wish to borrow the “maximum” amount, please notify the Financial Aid Office to clearly communicate that you do not wish for the loan to be increased. 

What if I need additional funding resources in order to afford the expense of Off-Campus Housing?

 As always, the Financial Aid Office encourages students to consider all forms of financial aid including outside, private scholarships, federal and private loans, on and off-campus employment, etc. Please take the time to review various forms of financial aid at: https://calarts.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/overview

What if I cannot access Off-Campus Housing for reasons such as proof of income, credit approval, etc.? 

If you require proof of income, it is best to provide the apartment complex to which you are applying with your 2020-21 CalArts Financial Aid Award Letter. Your award letter can be accessed on the CalArts Hub Self Service portal at http://hub.calarts.edu by choosing the ‘Financial Aid Counseling’ option, then selecting either the ‘Federal Shopping Sheet’ or ‘Award Letter’ option.  

Who can I talk to in Residence Life about the decision and my concerns? 

You can email residencelife@calarts.edu or call 661-253-7897.