Housing and Utilities

The Housing and Utilities page provides a quick overview of some of the different housing resources and tips that students employ to find housing in neighboring communities, as well as links for setting up your utilities. While some students choose to live in University Apartments, many students prefer to live off-campus in privately-owned housing. Below is useful information and links to aid in your relocation process to the Los Angeles area.

Student Neighborhoods

To help with your move to the Los Angeles area, the map below highlights the different communities around the UCLA Campus. For specific information on where our students live make sure to also view our VeryApt UCLA Anderson Housing Guide.

University Housing

If you are interested in the possibility of living in a UCLA-owned University Apartment managed by the UCLA Housing office, you must first submit an online application via the My Housing portal. You must submit the completed application and required application fee in order to be considered for a University Apartment. Applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year are slated to be available in early 2024, however, we recommend that you regularly check the UCLA Housing website for updates. All applicants who have been accepted by UCLA Anderson can apply, however, there are not enough University Apartments to accommodate all requests. You will need to have your University Identification Number (UID). Please note that UCLA Anderson is not involved in this process. If you need any further assistance please contact UCLA Housing directly at (310) 825-4271.

The selection and allocation process for University Apartments is dependent on whether you are applying for Single Graduate housing or Family housing.

Single Graduate Housing

Single Graduate Housing is assigned based on a lottery system, and not by when you submit your housing application. The lottery is a campuswide lottery and includes all graduate students across all UCLA programs. Single Graduate Housing leasing is done on a contract basis yielding mass move outs throughout the summer. As a result, the lottery process can begin as early as mid-June and continue throughout the summer until all spaces have been contracted. You will be assigned a random priority number by the UCLA Housing office that will be used to determine your place on the housing list.

View Single Graduate Housing Timeline

Family Housing

Family Housing is also assigned using a lottery system. Please note that there are less family apartments available than single graduate apartments so we strongly advise that you apply early. As stated above, there are not enough University Apartments to accommodate all requests. Family rental agreements are month-to-month, therefore vacancies are incremental and offers are based on space availability. Family Housing assignments can begin as early as mid-June and continue throughout the academic year.

View Family housing Timeline

In addition to the regular housing process administered by UCLA Housing, UCLA Anderson manages a departmental priority list with a very limited number of housing units that can be reserved for incoming MBA students.

In order to be considered for the departmental priority list, you must submit a UCLA Housing application as instructed above and complete our housing survey that will be available in April/May. Note: UCLA Housing will manage the actual allocation process, but an allocation is not guaranteed. We recommend reading the FAQ below to better understand the University Housing process. 

Apply For University Housing Upon Admission

Application Opens April 25th


Complete our Housing Survey

Increase your chances of securing university housing. Complete MBA-420 on your Checklist by early May to be entered into the lottery.


University Housing FAQ

For up-to-date information regarding University Housing and for questions that may not be addressed below, please visit the official UCLA University Housing page.

Do I need to submit an application to be considered for UCLA Housing?

How much is the UCLA Housing application fee?

If selected for a UCLA Housing allocation through the UCLA Anderson lottery, am I guaranteed my first housing preference?

If selected for a UCLA Housing allocation, when will I receive an offer?

What type of University apartments can I apply for through UCLA Housing?

If I am selected for an allocation in University Village, what documentation do I need to provide?

Privately Owned Housing

Many MBA students opt to rent off-campus, privately owned housing in the popular and convenient neighborhoods of Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Westwood and the South Bay area, which includes a number of different communities. UCLA is located in Westwood, but Brentwood, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles are fairly close to campus. Two-thirds of UCLA's students choose to live within five miles of campus, half of that number within a mile. The VeryApt UCLA Anderson Housing Guide has more detailed information available on its website, which provides descriptions of Los Angeles neighborhoods, cost information and current student feedback.

House-Hunting Tips


Arrive Early
Although there are always apartments available, you'll have more options if you arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to look around. Many leases in the campus area begin on September 1. Returning undergraduates usually arrange housing before they leave for the summer, which means that some apartments will already be rented out.

Spend Time Exploring
One of the best ways to find a good apartment in Los Angeles is to spend time walking or driving around a neighborhood you like. Many landlords don't put listings in the papers, but instead put signs up in front of their buildings.

Consider Transportation
You should consider living either within walking/biking distance of campus or near a bus line. West L.A. is known for having great public transportation.

Ask Your Classmates
Your fellow classmates can be a great source of housing information. Many students have found housing and roommates through their class's Facebook group. You also can find roommates at regional UCLA Anderson mixers, A-Days, etc.

Join the the Class of 2026 Slack Workspace

Note for International Students
When you first rent an apartment, the apartment manager will typically do a credit check to ensure that you can pay your rent. If you do not have a U.S. credit history, some rental management companies may ask for an additional deposit, which in some cases might be equivalent to several months of rent; or they may require a co-signer who has a good U.S. credit history.


Once you decide where to live and have signed a rental agreement, you will then need to set up your utilities. Below are links to some of the local utility companies that you can explore further.

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