If you’ve never lived away from home before or are accustomed to the convenience of on-campus housing, hunting for an apartment that’s close to your college or university can seem like a daunting task. Questions such as, ‘Will I be able to roll out of bed 15 minutes before class?’ ‘How will I survive without a meal plan?’ and ‘Are empty alcohol bottles suitable decor?’ are probably floating through your mind.

But fear not, young scholars — we’ve done all the research for you, compiling a list of 10 new construction apartment buildings within proximity of some of Los Angeles’ most popular colleges and universities.

If you’re attending the University of Southern California or Los Angeles Trade Technical College…

Development: Topaz
Developer: Jade Enterprises
Priced from: $1,979 per month

Enjoy all the perks of living in DTLA, while being just minutes from the USC and LATTC campuses. Topaz offers studio to three-bedroom floorplans and top-notch amenities, including a swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, cyber cafe and a stylish lounge. When you’re not cramming for an exam or writing a term paper, get lost in the aisles of The Last Bookstore, take in the city views at The Broken Shaker rooftop bar, or catch a live show at Regent Theater.

If you’re attending the University of California, Los Angeles…

Development: Picasso Brentwood
Developer: Metropolitan Pacific Real Estate Group
Priced from: $2,625 per month

Bruins will want to check out Picasso Brentwood, a boutique-inspired community that’s only a seven-minute drive from the UCLA campus. The apartments are a far cry from dorm living — expect quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, oversized bathtubs, and full-size washers and dryers. Grocery shopping is a breeze with Ralphs right next door and there are many nearby cafes for group study sessions.

If you’re attending Santa Monica College…

Development: &Pico
Developer: Moss & Company
Priced from: $2,585 per month

Bike to Santa Monica College in nine minutes flat from &Pico, a brand new community of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. The modern-style building boasts a rooftop sky deck with a soaking spa and comfortable furnishings, a fitness studio and yoga sanctuary, and an entertainment lounge with a chef’s kitchen. Pico Boulevard is lined with tasty restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and cozy pubs, but it’s also easy to venture into downtown Santa Monica or Sawtelle from this convenient locale.

If you’re attending California State University, Northridge…

Development: Terraces at Tarzana
Developer: Moss & Company
Priced from: $1,525 per month

There are deals to be found in far-flung Tarzana! The studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments at Terraces at Tarzana are about a 10-minute drive from Cal State, Northridge, depending on the severity of traffic. The newly-constructed building offers a fitness center, barbecue and picnic area, laundry facilities and a courtyard swimming pool. Bustling Ventura Boulevard is less than a mile away and the new Village at Westfield Topanga shopping mall can be reached within minutes. 

If you’re attending East Los Angeles College or California State University, Los Angeles…

Development: The Garey Building
Developer: Alliance Residential Company
Priced from: $2,010 per month

It might be tempting to skip class when you live in a neighborhood as trendy as the Arts District. The brick-clad Garey Building features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with open layouts, nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers. There’s a long list of onsite social and recreational amenities, but the surrounding, formerly industrial area is dotted with raved-about craft breweries, coffee shops, art galleries and boutiques. East Los Angeles College is an 11-minute drive from The Garey Building, while California State University, Los Angeles is even closer at just eight minutes. 

If you’re attending California State University, Long Beach or Long Beach City College…

Development: OceanAire
Developers: LMC and Intergulf Development Group
Priced from: $2,150 per month

The City of Long Beach covers about 52 square miles, so if you decide to live off-campus you may have to accept a longer commute (get used to it, kid). OceanAire is about 20 minutes from Cal State, Long Beach or Long Beach City College and features luxury residences that range from studios to three-bedroom units. Residents are able to control their lights, roller shades and Nest WiFi thermostats from their phones and the building touts exceptional resort-style amenities like an indoor/outdoor 24-hour fitness center, water courtyard with floating lounge, and a party-ready rooftop space complete with city and ocean views. 

If you’re attending Los Angeles City College…

Development: Dillon617
Developer: CIM Group
Priced from: $2,401 per month

Hop on an electric scooter and arrive at Los Angeles City College in a mere eight minutes when you live at Dillon617 in laid-back Silver Lake. This modern collection of LOHA-designed apartments is characterized by high ceilings, sleek kitchens, hardwood flooring and private outdoor space. The building is pet-friendly and provides a co-working lounge, two outdoor entertainment terraces, a yoga and fitness studio, and dog washing station.

If you’re attending Loyola Marymount University…

Development: Villas at Playa Vista – Montecito
Developer: Irvine Pacific
Priced from: $3,610 per month

Playa Vista is a hub of new construction, but these upscale apartments are just down the hill from the Loyola Marymount University campus. There are numerous one- and two-bedroom floorplans to choose from, but the real draw is the convenience of this well-connected urban community. Walk to Whole Foods or the weekly Playa Vista farmers’ market, catch a new release at Cinemark, or work on your thesis at the nearby Starbucks. 

If you’re attending the California Institute of Technology or Pasadena City College…

Development: Thistle
Developer: Moss & Company
Priced from: $2,095 per month

The colorful Thistle apartment community is a quick, six-minute drive from both the California Institute of Technology and Pasadena City College. Three units are currently available in the design-centric mid-rise, including one- and two-bedroom layouts. Situated in the lively Playhouse District, residents of Thistle can walk to the shops and restaurants along Colorado Boulevard in minutes. Closer to home, they can enjoy the courtyard lounge space with a fire pit or grill up a feast in the barbecue and picnic area.

If you’re attending Pepperdine University…

Development: Cavalleri
Developer: Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation
Priced from: $4,850 per month

If you can afford to attend Pepperdine University (hello, $55k yearly tuition), you can probably foot the bill at the Cavalleri in ritzy Malibu. The university’s campus is only nine minutes down the road, but the community itself offers two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments defined by European oak hardwood floors, gas fireplaces, wine refrigerators, freestanding soaker tubs and sweeping ocean views (as per plan). Work up a sweat in the fitness center or on the tennis courts, or opt to simply relax by the pool and hot tub with your textbook in hand. When you need to take a study break, the pristine sands of Zuma Beach are only minutes away.

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