Housing for Graduate Students

Living on campus as a graduate or adult student at California Lutheran University means immersing yourself in an intellectual community committed to the pursuit of academic excellence.

This is a residential campus where students and professors regularly interact both in and out of the classroom, and graduate and adult housing offers the opportunity to maximize this academic interaction.

Cal Lutheran students live in residence halls that are widely acknowledged as some of the nicest in the Southern California region. It's easy to settle in and get comfortable with life at Cal Lutheran. Come take a look for yourself.


The residence halls at Cal Lutheran are all within easy walking distance of classes, labs, academic departments, recreational facilities, the library, health services, and other campus offices. Students who live on campus find themselves just minutes from the multitude of resources that Cal Lutheran has to offer.

With a home base in one of the graduate/adult student suites, scholars can focus on what is most important — exploring the academic subjects they love.


With the average cost of a one bedroom apartment in the region topping $1,400 and climbing, the cost of living in a Cal Lutheran graduate residence hall is significantly less expensive than many options in the area. In addition, residents save on the cost of utilities, high speed internet, and cable television.

By foregoing commuting, students living on campus also save in gasoline and auto upkeep, make a smaller environmental impact, and have additional time to use Cal Lutheran's extensive sports facilities thereby saving on expensive off-campus gym memberships.

Perhaps the greatest financial saving comes from saving time. Time spent in traffic or dealing with the hassles of apartment-living is time not spent working towards one's career and academic goals.

The lease requirement and annual cost for on-campus housing varies by program:

15-week Graduate Programs
  • 9-month lease (mid-August to mid-May) plus optional 3 month summer lease
  • Pay by semester
Housing Costs 2015-2016 (15 Week Graduate Programs)
Period Cost
Per Semester (15 weeks) $5,250
Per Lease (9 months) $10,500
Summer Session (11 weeks)
 Total Annual Cost $14,000
11-week Graduate Programs
  • 12-month lease required
  • Pay by term

Housing Costs 2015-2016 (11 Week Graduate Programs)
Period Cost
Per Term (11 Weeks) $3,500
Per Lease (12 months) $14,000
 Total Annual Cost $14,000


For all programs
  • $400 refundable damage deposit
  • $200 non-refundable set-up fee required for all International students (includes all bedding, pillows, towels, and laundry basket)

Graduate housing is limited. Please contact reslife@callutheran.edu to inquire about availability.

The Value of Living on Campus

Total Additional Savings from living On-Campus: $245-285/month

Internet $45/month $0 - included
Cable (basic) $55/month $0 - included
Local Phone $45/month $0 - included
Gym Membership $40/month $0 - included
Electricity $40-60/month $0 - included
Gas $20-40/month $0 - included