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Eligibility for New Graduates

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures
Housing Contracts and Room Assignment Information
Housing Contract Rental Rates
Cancelling Your Application
Summer Housing and Early Arrival before September 1, 2017
Graduate Guest Housing Application and Information

Eligibilty Requirements and Application Procedures


The Caltech Housing Office will be accepting applications on April 1, 2017 for on-campus housing from students who have been admitted to graduate study for the 2017-2018 academic year. New student housing applications are accepted only from newly admitted Graduate Students for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

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

Newly admitted graduate students have priority to receive on-campus housing in the Catalina Apartments 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 Sunday, April 30, 2017. New student housing applications received after the application deadline will be accepted and assigned on a space available basis in order of date received.

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

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

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, 2017 to July 31, 2018.

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.

A confirmation of your housing reservation or waiting list status will be sent via e-mail by the end of May 2017. 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 2016-2017 housing contract period are effective through August 31, 2017. 2017-2018 housing contract rates are effective September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. 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), 1052 Del Mar #11 (Single) 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.

Cancelling Your Application

Any notice to cancel your housing application without penalty must be submitted through the cancellation form below by June 15, 2017. Applicants who cancel their reservation between June 16, 2017 and August 31, 2017 will be charged a $200.00 late cancellation fee.

Reservations cancelled after the contract has begun (September 1, 2017) 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, 2017

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, 2017. If you need to arrive at Caltech before September 1, 2017, and have not secured a Caltech housing space, you will need to make your own arrangements. Here is a link to local hotels or motels in the Pasadena area: