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Eligibility for New Graduate Students 2020-2021

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

The Caltech Housing Office will begin accepting applications on April 20, 2020 for on-campus housing from students who have been admitted to graduate study for the 2020-2021 academic year. New student housing applications are accepted only from newly admitted Graduate Students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Special Graduate Students or Visiting Graduate Students should check the housing options on the "Guests" page.

Newly admitted graduate students without children must indicate at least two eligible housing options on the application form and submit it online by Sunday, May 3, 2020. New student housing applications received after the application deadline will be accepted in order of date received. After the first year all returning graduate students will be subject to the Housing lottery.




Lottery Housing Contracts and Room Assignment Information

Please do not apply for Caltech housing with the intention of receiving only temporary housing. The housing contract period is from September 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

A minimum of fifteen days notice is required for any contract cancellation; you will also incur a $350.00 cancellation fee. Release from the contract without a cancellation fee is granted only in the case of graduation, academic withdrawal, a leave of absence from the Institute or when transferring to other Caltech-owned student housing. Residents may be released from the housing contract for any reason without a cancellation fee during the summer months only by providing the Housing Office with a minimum of fifteen (15) days written notice.

Information about the Catalina locations are available HERE.

Braun house is a traditional student dorm comprising of single occupancy bed spaces.  

Braun may be available this year for Singles/Groups. These locations can be indicated by selecting a Braun Single or a Braun Suite preference on the 2020-2021 application form. These locations are furnished single rooms that share common bathrooms, kitchen, lounges and the laundry room with the rest of the building. The suites are 2 bedrooms that share an internal bathroom, but all other amenities; kitchen, lounges and the laundry room are shared with the rest of the building.

A confirmation of your housing status will be sent via e-mail by the end of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, this may be delayed. Please indicate any e-mail address effective for the months of May - June on the application form and notify the Housing Office of any changes.

Specific room, apartment and apartment mate assignments are made during the summer months and will not be available until your arrival. Please do not contact the Housing Office during the summer requesting an exact assignment because that information is subject to change and cannot be provided.

Housing Contract Rental Rates

The rental rates indicated for the 2019-2020 housing contract period are effective through August 31, 2020. 2020-2021 housing contract rates are effective September 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021. The rent is charged each month to your student account which is set up for you by the Caltech Bursar.

Catalina residents are billed additionally approximately every other month through their student account for all electrical and gas usage to their own individual apartments. Although utility usage can vary greatly, the following monthly estimates are provided: four-bedroom $65.00/person, two-bedroom $75.00/person, one-bedroom $90.00. In addition, each Catalina resident will be charged $20.00 per month for their ethernet connection. All other utilities except private telephone and cable television are included.

Off-campus residents in 180-188 Catalina (Couples), 250-252 Catalina (Single/Couples) and 229 Wilson (Families) are billed additionally every month through their student account for all electrical and gas usage to their own individual apartments.  All other utilities except for private telephone, cable television and internet connection are included. For Braun residents, all utilities are included, except for television and private telephone.

Cancelling Your Application 

Any notice to cancel your housing application without penalty must be submitted through the cancellation form below by June 21, 2020. Applicants who cancel their reservation between June 22, 2020 and August 31, 2020 will be charged a $200.00 late cancellation fee.

Reservations cancelled after the contract has begun (September 1, 2020) will be charged a $350.00 fee if at least 15 days notice is given. For more information and cancellation form, please see the Cancellation Form.

There are no Early Arrivals before September 1, 2020.