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New Graduate Student Housing Information 2021-2022

Application Procedures

The Caltech Housing Office will begin accepting applications on April 15, 2021 for campus lottery housing from students who have been admitted to graduate study for the 2021-2022 academic year. New student housing applications are accepted only from newly admitted Graduate Students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Visiting Students are not eligible for lottery housing but will be considered for housing assignments if and when there is no Caltech student waiting list. Please visit the housing options on the "Guests" page.

Newly admitted graduate students must indicate at least two eligible housing options on the lottery application form and submit it online by Sunday, May 2, 2021. New student housing applications received after the application deadline will be accepted in order of date received. After their first year all returning graduate students will be subject to the Housing lottery.

Individual Student Options

If you would like to have your own private bedroom here are your options when submitting your "Individual Student" application:

Individual Student with Spouse or Partner Options

Student with at Least One Dependent Child Options

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, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

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.

A confirmation of your housing status will be sent via e-mail by the end of May 2021. 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 2020-2021 housing contract period are effective through August 31, 2021. 2021-2022 housing contract rates are effective September 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022. 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, 250-252 Catalina and 229 Wilson 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.

Physical Limitations/Medical Accommodations

Students who are differently abled and/or have documented medical needs or housing restrictions (as approved by the CASS Office), are assigned housing first.

Housing Office Inclusivity Statement

The Caltech Housing Office affirms and celebrates the identity of all individuals. It recognizes that the university community is comprised of students, faculty, and staff who represent diversity on many levels regarding beliefs, race, social economic status, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, culture, sexual orientation, or as differently abled. The Housing Office is dedicated to supporting all students and any specific needs they may have regarding their housing experience, while providing residential environments that honor human diversity and students as individuals. By choosing to live in Institute Housing, you agree to live by these community standards.

Cancelling Your Application 

Any notice to cancel your housing application without penalty must be submitted through the cancellation form below by June 13, 2021. Applicants who cancel their reservation between June 14, 2021 and August 31, 2021 will be charged a $200.00 late cancellation fee.

Reservations cancelled after the contract has begun (September 1, 2021) 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 and Early Arrival Housing

Incoming students for fall 2021 cannot arrive before September 1, unless an earlier arrival is warranted and prior approval from the Dean has been granted.