Incoming Student Information for 2012-2013 Academic Year
Whittier Law School does not own on- or off-campus housing nor does it “place” students in apartments or participate in any rental commitment or negotiations with managers or landlords. However, there is a wide range of housing available minutes from the campus. How can we help? The Office of Admissions provides resources to assist students to plan and find suitable off-campus housing accommodations. The law school maintains referral services to assist students with their search for roommates. The office also has reference maps, lists of apartment complexes, and information on bus schedules and other transportation options. In addition, the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs provides free telephone use for incoming students for making housing hunting calls (please call ahead to schedule an appointment).
While it is possible to arrange housing in advance, either over the telephone or through the mail, we recommend that you visit the apartment sites in person before making a choice. Things to consider when choosing an apartment are price, location, distance from law school, length of the lease or rental agreement, whether or not it is furnished and if utilities are included.
Rental leases are available month-to-month, six months or one year in duration. Usually, apartment managers will offer a special move-in rate if a student signs a year long lease. The academic year (fall and spring semesters) is nine months long. Does it pay to negotiate with leasing managers? Always. The worst thing they can say is “no” to your request.
Beginning your search for housing can be overwhelming and time consuming. However, with a little planning, you should be able to secure housing within a reasonable amount of time. The following pages will give you a few suggestions to consider when beginning your search for housing.
We advise students moving to the area to arrive no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of classes. It is to your advantage if you can arrive sooner. Finding a place to live can take a few days to a couple of weeks depending on your budget and the amenities you desire in your housing accommodations. Please note that apartments listed for rent are usually advertised a month before they are available. WARNING: The first week of law classes is very condensed and requires a lot of time and attention. Worrying about housing is the last thing that you will want or have time to be concerned with.
Consider all sources when looking for rental housing. A good way to start is by stopping by the law school upon your arrival. The Office of Admissions provides resources to help you plan and complete your housing search. During June, July and August, the office maintains listings on the following:
One good source to check on your own is this website, which lists apartment complexes and rents:
My Apartment Map