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Residence Life Office

Living on campus is very different from living at home—it offers not only a place to eat and sleep, but the chance to be a part of a vibrant artistic community to learn and grow with. To facilitate the on-campus living experience for new and returning students, the Residence Life Office offers a reliable and comfortable home base to create a positive living situation.

2020-21 Academic Year Housing

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. This was an exceptionally difficult decision, but we are following public health and safety guidelines for residential living and advice of experts. The way our residence halls were designed makes it very challenging to avoid close contact at entrances and exits, shared bathroom layouts, and compact gathering spaces and hallways.

We will provide a variety of off-campus housing options, and the Residence Life Office will help manage this transition. CalArts has also been working with several nearby hotels to secure spaces for the entire academic year. Incoming and returning students who have applied for housing will be receiving more information over the coming weeks. Residence Life has also developed a new guide to help you navigate living off campus in Santa Clarita and the greater Los Angeles area.

If CalArts students and families have questions in the meantime, please email or call the Residence Life Office at and 661-253-7897 (staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PDT).