Santa Clarita Overview

CalArts is in the city of Santa Clarita, located approximately 30 miles north of Los Angeles. The area consists of five main communities: Valencia, Newhall, Canyon Country, Castaic and Saugus. Stevenson Ranch, located next door to Valencia, is a separate community that's an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The entire Santa Clarita Valley is expanding rapidly, both in industry and population.

Check the Santa Clarita Guide's Living in the Santa Clarita Valley for information and helpful resources for those moving to the area.

If you choose to live outside the local area, pleased be advised that the area does not have convenient 24-hour public transportation that reaches the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas.

Communities Around the CalArts Campus

Valencia, where CalArts is located, is a planned community. It is made up of single-family homes, condominiums and a few newer apartments.

Newhall is the oldest community and is located south and east of Valencia approximately 2 miles. Housing consists of a variety of small single-family homes, small guest houses, older apartment buildings and some newer condominiums. This is a popular area for students to find housing off campus.

Canyon Country is located to the east of campus, approximately 8 miles. It also offers a mixture of new and older homes, condominiums and apartments for rent.

Castaic is located approximately 10 miles to the north of Valencia. This area has a limited number of apartment buildings, although some trailer homes may be available to rent.

Saugus is located northeast of campus and offers the same types of accommodations as Canyon Country. It is approximately five miles from CalArts.

Stevenson Ranch is located directly west of CalArts (just across the freeway). It is a new community where there are some apartments and condominiums. The area is mostly single-family homes. Stevenson Ranch is more expensive than other areas.

Val Verde is another popular area for off-campus housing. Students interested in a quiet, rural community will find small houses for rent. Val Verde is approximately 10 miles northwest of CalArts off Highway 126.

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