What students pay for housing – By Lee

When deciding upon coming to Miracosta College (or anywhere else for that matter), a question to ask is how much can you expect to pay while living here in Southern California. Well, I have made it really easy for you, by interviewing several different students about how much they pay rent, what kind of accomodations they live in, and what features they get with their rent. They have all opted to stay anonymous, but they are all current Fall 2017 students.

Student #1:

I pay $400 for rent for my own room (master) in Hidden Cove Apartments, in Escondido, CA. I split it evenly with 5 other people. I also share my bathroom with someone else. With $400 I get gated community, a parking space, heated pool, maintenance, and in-apartment gym.

http://www.hiddencoveapartmenthomes.com/en/apartments/floor-plans.html

Student #2:

I pay $200, but I live with family in a house, in Vista, CA So I share with everyone, and get all other housing expenses for free.

Student #3:

I pay $400 for a couch in an apartent in Shadowridge Summerwind Apartments in Vista, CA. I share the apartment with one other person. I get everything included with my rent.

http://www.summerwindapartmentliving.com/Floor-plans.aspx

Student #4:

I currently live with my parents, because even though I tried to live on my own, it was just too expensive. I had paid $700 in rent, split it with one other person, in downtown San Diego. Add to that the expenses of food, gas, utilites, and other stuff, it was just too expensive.  Sidenote: San Diego is expensive so be aware of the amount needed to stay here, even it’s just for 6 months.

https://www.apartments.com/downtown-san-diego-san-diego-ca/

Student #5:

I pay $250, but I live with my mom to help out. I live in a house here in Oceanside, with my own bathroom. The only thing I do not get with the rent is laundry expenses.

Student #6

I pay $700 to live with a host family which includes food and utilities. I found the family when a friend moved out and I went to visit the house.  When I first arrived to MiraCosta I stayed with a host family.  I didn’t like sharing a bathroom, but the family was very nice and took me to many places in San Diego.  I think it is good to start with a host family because you will learn more about the local area faster.

To find a host family you can apply with Homestay Services International.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices, but the average is $600 in the Northern San Diego county area (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas) to share a room and apartment. So, with all that being said, this is why it is necessary for you to put aside so much money before coming here, because it is really expensive. BUT, it is worth it once you do arrive. There is a reason why it’s expensive here, especially in Southern California, and it’s because everyone in the nation and the world wants to live here (Hint: it’s got something to do with Hollywood — and the great weather).

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Moving to Oceanside

 

Harbor Beach

Coming to California, USA was the most wonderful experience that I have had in my life. Every thing here is different from my country which makes me feel really interesting and I want to discover as much as I can.

 

When the first time I came to the US, I lived with my host family, who are my parents’ friends in San Diego. It is pretty far away from MiraCosta College, and I did not have a car, so I had to take buses to go to school every day. It was really inconvenient and wasting time because it took me almost 3 hours for just one way. It means that I had to spend almost 6 hours per day for transportation. That was the first reason I wanted to move to Oceanside to live.

Oceanside Pier view

Oceanside is an awesome place which has so many beautiful views, beaches, and activities such as Oceanside Pier, Harbor Beach, or Mission San Luis Rey.  Oceanside is small, peaceful, and quiet town which reminds me about my hometown a lot.   My apartment is really nice and close to MiraCosta College. I live with my roommate who was my classmate in ESL 40 class. She was an awesome person who makes me feel like she is my sister. She took me to the Oceanside Pier to see the sunset and have a bonfire at night with some friends. Besides, we went hiking and shopping together sometimes whenever we have free time, and we also relax at the pool in my complex apartment whenever we feel bored. It was unforgettable and really fun.

This is where I live now

Now I live very close to MiraCosta, the buses to go to school are really convenient for me. With just 2 to 3 minutes walking from my apartment, I can take bus 315 to College Blvd, and then I will take bus 325 to get to MiraCosta College. It takes me just 45 to 50 minutes. I am really glad I moved to Oceanside!

 

 

A beautiful complex

 

We have a pool and jacuzzi in our complex

 

Here is my roommate who is very beautiful and awesome!

We had a bonfire at the Oceanside Pier

On the top of the hill where we went hiking

 

On the way to the top of the hill

Duyen

How to find a place to live

Hi everyone.

The most important thing when you study abroad is a nice living place. I don’t think anyone can study well and get good grades if they don’t live in a nice place where they feel happy and comfortable to stay at. So today I’m going to write about how to find a place to live through MiraCosta College website.

Here are the steps:

  • type “Housing” in the search box on the right top of the seach box and then click on MiraCosta housing website, Click on “I’m looking for a place to rent”, then you can see bunch of housing information with landlords’ contacts. Write down information about the ones fit your demand, and contact with owner tell them you want to see the room.  (You need to go to see it before you move in).
  • If you can’t find anyone that satisfied you on that page with renting information, you can also type”home stay” in the search box, then click first link “Transportation/Home stay services, there are Homestay organizations which specialize at helping international students find a home stay that fit their requirement.

As my personal experience of housing, I find a cozy private room only for $500 USD each month which is where I current live. Including utilities such as electricity, water, trash, and internet.  let’s take a look of the outside environment! 😀

Annie

Apartments; what do they look like around the campus

I would like to share with you examples of apartments and how it is usually looks like:

If you have any questions please let me know, I am always glad to help you.

 

Jenny

More information about housing! Your bills, deposits and lease contract!

Hello Everyone,

Living in an apartment since my 2nd year of college, I have learned all the important details about housing in United States. To find an apartment and move in requires a certain process.

STEP #1 apply for an apartment and sign a lease contract

Lease contract is an agreement between you and apartment owner, where you have to provide all your information and sign in. First of all, they will want your current passport with visa. Also, you need to provide some finance statement that you will be able to pay the rent each month. You can either get a financial statement from your bank, or your I-20 will work as well.

Usually, lease contract is standing for 6 and 12 month. It means you have to stay and pay for your apartment for 6 or 12 month. There is no way to cancel or decline the leasing contract.So be sure you are going to stay for the whole period of time.

Moreover, before move-in the leasing office want to collect deposit. Deposit means that you pay some amount money to the leasing office in case some of the property will be damaged. If not, you will get your money back at the end of the contract. All apartments have a different deposit amount, but its about $700-1000$ in average.

STEP #2 utilities and other expenses

Besides paying the rent each month, you also need to pay your utility. It includes internet, water and electricity bills. Usually, for your utilities you can pay online,or write a check. The amount of utilities depends on how much you have been using water, or electricity. For instance, I pay like $150 per month for water, electricity and Wi-Fi internet.

Everything you need is your bank card information and your address. And your log-in name and password of course ).

To summarize, here is a sample monthly budget for me living in an apartment:

rent:  $ 470 (this is my part of rent that I share with 2 people)

electricity:  $ 60

internet:$ 65

water:  $ 50

phone:  $ 30

I hope this post was helpful for you, and if you have any questions please let me know and text me.

Jenny

Housing option at MiraCosta

Hello Everyone!

In this post I would like to talk to you about Housing options and share some tips about finding a place to live.  I know, it is not easy to go to college,and find a good and convenient place to live.

First of all, MiraCosta International Office page has all information you need about housing and expenses. Please, follow this link New Student Information to check it out!

There are a couple options for housing :

First, in my opinion, the most useful and helpful place to look for a place is on MiraCosta website page! If you click on Student Housing it will take you to online service for student and and community members wanting to find a roommates. If you open this link, you can see the different options for housing. Now, you need to choose what option do you like and contact the person via e-mail or cell phone. If you choose this option, you will have to buy your own food.

I know that it is very difficult to find a good place from long distance. So, if you have some problems – don’t stress! There are other ways to find a place before your arrival. A home stay services can provide you host family and pick up from San Diego Airport. If you like this option, you can also find contact information.  Usually, while you are living with Host family they are providing your food, so you don’t have to care about grocery shopping and cooking.

In my own experience, I lived with the host family the first year of my college year and it was a great experience! I still have an excellent relationship with them even I moved out.

Talking about myself, I am living with a couple MiraCosta students near the college. It is about 7-10 min walking to the college. The complex called “Rancho Tuscana”. If you are interested, please check their website Rancho Tuscana Apartments.

and for a 2 bedrooms apartment $1480.

Here is some pictures of Rancho Tuscana Apartments:

I hope this information was helpful for you and good luck with your housing!

Jenny