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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).