Housing and Utilities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I need to submit an application to be considered for UCLA Housing?
Yes, in order to be considered for UCLA Housing, you must submit an application through My Housing by June 30. Submitted applications are assigned lottery numbers, which dictate the order in which housing offers are made. Lottery number assignments are made on July 6 of the application year for all applications received by July 1. In addition, incoming UCLA Anderson MBA students who have paid their deposit and submitted their Student Intent to Register (SIR) form can also submit the MBA-420: Limited UCLA Anderson Housing Survey to be considered for the UCLA Anderson lottery. We will notify admitted students when the MBA-420: Limited UCLA Anderson Housing Survey opens in late April.
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 you are selected for a UCLA Housing allocation through the UCLA Anderson lottery, you will be guaranteed a place on the UCLA Anderson priority housing list for either a Single or Family allocation, however, a Housing allocation is not guaranteed. UCLA Housing will manage the allocation process based on the preferences submitted in your UCLA Housing application and apartment availability. If none of your preferences are available, UCLA Housing will not be able to provide you with a housing allocation. Please note that Family allocations are rare and that UCLA Anderson has a very limited number of Family allocations. Also, The Boulevard apartment building for Single allocations is owned by the medical school and gives priority to UCLA Medical's House Staff.
If selected for a UCLA Housing allocation, when will I receive an offer?
Lottery offers will begin in early July. Offers will be made on a regular basis depending on space availability. Students included on a departmental priority list are given the highest priority and are offered first. After them, graduate students from the regular UCLA Housing lottery are considered. Lottery housing offers will continue to be made throughout the entirety of the academic year until mid-April of the following year, when inventory is allocated to the next year's incoming applicants. Once on the waiting list, you can check in periodically by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to determine your position on the waiting list.
What type of University apartments can I apply for through UCLA Housing?
Single graduate students have the option to apply for housing in six University apartment complexes. If students are offered a studio or 1 bedroom accommodation in Single Graduate Housing, they may request to add an Additional Tenant to their contract. Students with families are housed exclusively in University Village. Please review UCLA Housing’s website for more information on the types of apartments available, virtual tours and housing rates.
If I am selected for an allocation in University Village, what documentation do I need to provide?
The University (UCLA Housing) will ask residents to provide original or certified copies of documents that demonstrate proof of eligibility. Students should be prepared to provide a marriage certificate/domestic partnership registration and/or birth certificates of any children. Shared utility bills, joint banking statements and rental agreements that establish at minimum a one-year relationship may also be used to show proof of relationship.
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.
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.
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.