information may help you in locating housing, but we cannot make
housing arrangements for you. Locating accommodations is your
college does not provide on-campus housing. The majority of
students at our college live in apartments, either alone or
with roommates. Rental rates can vary, depending on the
type and location of apartment. Shared apartments range from
$350 (especially when sharing a bedroom) to $500 or $600 (for
your bedroom) per person per month, not including utilities or
meals. (Utility costs in California are currently higher than
in other areas of the country.)
Associated Students Office of Cuyamaca College (ASCC), located
Student Center ( I-Building), post housing
on 5 different bulletin boards located throughout the campus.
- To get an idea
of available apartments, you can do a web search by simply
typing "apartments" in your Internet search engine or you
can visit one of the following web sites. To find an
apartment in the immediate area of Cuyamaca College, type
"El Cajon", "La Mesa", or "Rancho San Diego" under city
Web sites to visit for rental
and monthly printed editions of Apartment Guide and Apartments
For Rent are available in magazine racks at local supermarkets
and shopping centers.
- Ask your
friends if they know about an available living situation. Your
classmates can be great resources.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
- How much can I
spend on housing?
- Do I want to
live with someone else?
- If so, how do
I find a roommate?
- How far is the
apartment from college? Is it close to a bus stop?
Questions to Ask the Manager or
- Amount of
- Expected rent
- Amount of
- Conditions for
receiving full refund of deposit after move-out?
- Type of rental
agreement (month-to-month, etc.)?
- Is a credit check
required and is it paid by applicant or landlord?
- When can I see
(pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, club house, etc.)?
- Cable TV
availability and charge?
Looking for an Apartment?
Vocabulary and Terms to Know
The owner of an apartment/house.
The person who manages the apartment/house.
You, the renter.
Month to Month
Rent: This is when you do not have a long-term lease or
contract. The tenant may stay for a month or longer as he/she
wishes. However, if the tenant plans to move, California Law
requires that a 30 days notice be given to the Landlord.
Example: you notify your landlord on October 1 that you will
move out on November 1.
written letter to the Landlord informing him about your plan to
move out in 30 days. Keep a copy of any letter sent or given
to your landlord.
contract stating that you will live in an apartment for a
specific period of time, i.e., 6, 9, or 12 months. If you move
out before the end of the lease, you will usually lose your
security deposit. A 30-day notice to your landlord is still
Deposit: An amount of money paid to the landlord as a
guarantee that you will leave the apartment in similar condition,
as when it was rented to you. The landlord may use the deposit
for cleaning or repairs if caused by a misuse or abuse by the
tenant. In all cases the landlord must return the unused
portion of the deposit within two weeks of your leaving the
The monthly gas and electric bills that the tenant pays each
month. Most apartments will pay for water, sewage and garbage
First & Last:
Some apartments require payment for last month's rent as
well as the first month's rent when you move in. This means that
you do not have to pay for the last month when you move out but
must still give 30 days written notice to the manager.
Refers to such things as a swimming pool, barbecue, Jacuzzi,
sauna, laundry room, etc.
Furnished/Unfurnished: A furnished apartment has furniture
(dishes, table, chairs, sofa, bed, chest of drawers,
refrigerator, stove, oven). An unfurnished apartment usually has
only a refrigerator, stove and oven with no moveable furniture