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Moving to the Area

Starting a new position and moving to a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. When it comes to moving to the area, though, having the right resources can make the transition easier. So we've gathered some information to help get you started on finding a place to call home.

If you want to live within walking/biking distance from Caltech (~ 1 mile), you should look for an apartment with the boundaries of North Walnut Avenue / East Sierra Madre Blvd / South California Avenue / West Los Robles Avenue.

Other nearby communities include Altadena (5 miles north Pasadena), La Canada (8 miles west Pasadena), Sierra Madre (north east border with Pasadena), South Pasadena (South East border with Pasadena) and San Marino (south border with Pasadena). If you are willing to commute, you might be able to find cheaper housing in communities farther away.

Distance from JPL. JPL is located in Altadena, 7 miles away west from Caltech. Many fellows live in La Canada, Altadena (east of JPL) or Pasadena.

Hotels and Motels around Caltech. If you prefer to take some time to find accommodation after you arrive in Pasadena, you can stay in a hotel or motel (cheaper than a hotel) near Caltech; some of them offer Caltech discounts. There are many other hotels and motels around the Caltech campus but they do not necessary offer negotiated discounts; we encourage you to double-check.

Security Deposits.  Many off-campus rentals may require you to pay a security deposit.  Typically, the security deposit is equivalent of two-month's rent.  Discuss the details with the property owner (known as the landlord or landlady) or the property manager.  Some property managers may require that your monthly salary be up to two-and-a-half times the monthly rent.  For example, if your monthly salary is $3,750, then you would qualify for an apartment that rents for $1,500 per month. 

Insurance. Usually, home insurance is included in the rental price; however, we encourage you to check with your landlord. If you wish to insure your personal belongings, Caltech Housing may recommend Allianz College Students Insurance (special students rates), as well as Allstate, American Automobile Association (pronounced Triple A), Farmers, Geico, Mercury, State Farm and 21st Century.

Tenants and Landlords Rights. Information on Landlord and Tenant Law. This site is translated into Spanish, Chinese, and about 25 other languages. The California Department of Consumer Affairs gives a comprehensive summary of the most important things to consider when you are renting an accommodation.


Rentals for one year and more

PadMapper Customize by your need, perimeter, budget, and number of bedrooms. 

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Apartments List Pasadena

William Carrey University is located 3 miles north from Caltech and offers reasonable accommodations including dormitories, semi furnished bedrooms, and unfurnished houses on its campus.    

Rentals for one year, one month or less




Suite America
Synergy Housing

(Only in Pasadena) Fuller Theological Seminary offers housing to single people and families.

Sharing an accommodation / roommates

Caltech Marketplace is a website where Caltech and JPL community members can post advertisements and receive information about rental accommodation and items for sale such as car, furniture, and household. You can enroll by emailing the Administrator with "International Relocation Marketplace" in the subject line, even before you arrive at Caltech or JPL.   There may be a one or two week delay before the enrollment is finalized.   

Airbnb (sublet)
Vrbo (sublet)
The Art Center College of Design maintains a list of students seeking roommates.  The list is open to Caltech and JPL.  Please call 626 584 5000 for more information.

DISCLAIMER:  The information provided on this website is for general information only.  Caltech does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.