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Eligibility for New Graduate Students 2019-2020

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

The Caltech Housing Office will begin accepting applications on April 15, 2019 for on-campus housing from students who have been admitted to graduate study for the 2019-2020 academic year. New student housing applications are accepted only from newly admitted Graduate Students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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

Newly admitted graduate students have priority to receive on-campus housing only during their first year at Caltech. To be guaranteed a housing assignment, new students without children must indicate at least two eligible housing options on the application form and submit it online by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. New student housing applications received after the application deadline will be accepted and assigned on a space available basis in order of date received. After the first year all returning graduate students will be subject to the Housing lottery.

Families 

  • New students with children are eligible only for the unfurnished lottery two-bedroom apartments.
  • New students are encouraged apply for the off-campus Caltech-owned Lease Properties. For more information and to apply, please see the Off Campus Lease Properties Unfurnished Units (access.caltech.edu under "My Housing", only available with a Caltech UID and access).

Couples 

  •  New students who are a couple with non-Caltech spouses or partners are eligible only for the Catalina furnished lottery one-bedroom apartments or a "off campus" unfurnished  lottery 1 bedroom apartment.
  • New students are encouraged apply for the off-campus Caltech-owned Lease Properties. For more information and to apply, please see the Off Campus Lease Properties Unfurnished Units (access.caltech.edu under "My Housing", only available with a Caltech UID and access).

Singles 

  • New students who are single or part of a group are eligible for the Catalina  2 or 4 bedroom lottery apartments or the Marks/Braun dorm room single/suites.
  • New students are encouraged apply for the off-campus Caltech-owned Lease Properties. For more information and to apply, please see the Off Campus Lease Properties Unfurnished Units (access.caltech.edu under "My Housing", only available with a Caltech UID and access).

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, 2019 to July 31, 2020.

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.

Marks/Braun houses are traditional student dorms comprising of single occupancy bed spaces.  

Marks/Braun may be available this year for Singles/Groups. These locations can be indicated by selecting a Marks/Braun Single or Marks/Braun Suite preference on the 2019-2020 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 reservation or waiting list status will be sent via e-mail by the end of May 2019. Please indicate any e-mail or postal addresses 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.

Although new students who apply by the application deadline will receive a housing assignment, not all first preferences can always be met. Room move requests prior to October cannot be granted. If your housing assignment is unsatisfactory please contact your Catalina Resident Associates (RA) or Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) first for assistance.

Housing Contract Rental Rates

The rental rates indicated for the 2018-2019 housing contract period are effective through August 31, 2019. 2019-2020 housing contract rates are effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. 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 Marks/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 15, 2019. Applicants who cancel their reservation between June 16, 2019 and August 31, 2019 will be charged a $200.00 late cancellation fee.

Reservations cancelled after the contract has begun (September 1, 2019) 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.

Summer Housing and Early Arrivals before September 1, 2019

New students who are admitted early for summer research may apply for summer housing by marking it on their housing application form. However, summer housing is not guaranteed. Individuals who have not made prior arrangements with the Housing Office at least three business days in advance will be subject to a one-time, non-refundable $150.00 fee.

If you are not admitted for summer research you cannot apply for summer housing or check-in to Caltech housing before September 1, 2019. If you need to arrive at Caltech before September 1, 2019, and have not secured a Caltech housing space, you will need to make your own arrangements.