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Most of SCI-Arc's students live in apartments or lofts close to the campus in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, or in surrounding communities, many accessible by bike or public transportation.

SCI-Arc is located in downtown Los Angeles in the heart of Arts District, a former industrial area that has transformed into a walkable, cultural hub rich with museums, art galleries, residential developments, restaurants, and boutiques. A dynamic, global city spanning nearly 500 square miles with more than 13 million residents, Los Angeles is an exciting and compelling place to study and practice architecture.

Housing is independent of SCI-Arc. Students live in the Arts District itself or the nearby communities of Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Chinatown, Silver Lake, and Koreatown. Each community is ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse and can best be understood by visiting.

Students who select to attend SCI-Arc will gain access to a housing section in their my.sciarc.edu portal with postings of roommates, sublet opportunities, and apartment openings.

While finding housing in any new city can be daunting, most SCI-Arc students find suitable accommodations within a week or two of beginning their search.