How to Apply


Housing Application Information 

Step 1 - Online Application
Fill out online application by 11:59 pm PST on May 26, 2021

  • New Students: Once you pay your tuition deposit, it will take approximately five days to get your CalArts credentials that you will need in order to login to your CalArts email account. You will be able to access the housing application through your CalArts email through the below steps for returning students. 
  • Returning Students: You can access the housing application through your CalArts email account. Once you are logged into your email, in the upper right corner of the screen, click on the square icon with nine dots in it. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the multicolored symbol that says "Residence" to fill out the housing application. 

Step 2 - Housing Fee & Deposit
Electronically pay housing fee and deposit by 11:59 pm PST on May 26, 2021

Two ways to pay:

  • Online Payment: From your checking or savings account, or credit card (Mastercard, VISA or Discover).
  • Bank Wire: If paying by wire transfer, please be sure to check with your bank for the cost of the wire. The bank usually deducts the cost of the wire from the amount of money that you send, which in some instances may cause your payment to be short. Please reference your name and student I.D. number in the wire.

  • We can never guarantee housing but our goal is always to house as many students as we are able to based on safety and capacity during this time.
  • Preference will be given to first-time students to campus, first year students (BFA 1-2, MFA 1-2 and Transfer students) and students with an approved disability-related housing accommodation through the Disability Services Office.
  • Placement will start with on-campus housing options being filled first then off-campus housing options. Placement in campus housing is done through a lottery system. All students who apply by the May 26th deadline at 11:59pm PST will be entered into the housing lottery again with priority going to first-time, first-year students. The results of the housing lottery will be shared through CalArts email the week of May 31st, 2021.