Undergraduate Housing Facilities - Unaffiliated Room FAQs

Updated 9/2/2014

This document is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about the unaffiliated housing spaces. For any further specific questions, please contact the Housing Office at x6176 or housing@caltech.edu.

Housing Mission Statement and Policy

The Housing Office furthers the goals of Caltech by providing convenient, attractive housing. To this end, the Housing Office guarantees housing for all first year undergraduate students and all first year graduate students. After these guarantees, our priority is to provide transitional housing for newly hired postdoctoral fellows and limited housing for students with families. These rentals are managed by the Housing Office in accordance with these priorities and the current needs of the Institute.


All Undergraduate Housing rooms are furnished with a desk, desk chair and a bed for each resident. Additional furniture is described in individual sections below. All housing units also have internet service, with direct CITNET connections at Avery and Marks, Charter pipeline cable modem connections at 1170 E. Del Mar, 150 S. Chester and the off-campus houses.

Avery House

Avery House is the newest housing facility at Caltech. There are 136 spaces available for undergraduate students. The entire building is air conditioned, and is wired to the Campus Internet. Each room has additional dressers and wardrobes for clothing storage. The building construction also meets ADA wheelchair requirements.

The residential areas are secured via use of card access security. The House has several lounges, each housing a kitchen, dining area and a fireplace, as well as the Lorden Lounge, which has a piano available for recreational playing. There are two laundry rooms, each featuring machines that accept both coins and ID card student account transactions.

Students with on-campus extensions can maintain their services at Avery House by completing a telephone service request form.

Pets are not permitted in Avery House. Resident is not permitted to maintain pets per Caltech's Pet Policy found at http://www.housing.caltech.edu/cat_policy.asp

There is a Resident Associate on duty in Avery House.

 

Marks/Braun House

Marks and Braun House each have 28 single (air conditioned) units and features slightly larger single rooms than those in the South Houses. The Houses each have its own kitchen and laundry room (coin operated) in the basement area. There is an air-conditioned lounge that has a television.

Students with on-campus extensions can maintain their services at Marks and Braun House by completing a telephone service request form..

Pets are not permitted in Marks/Braun House.Resident is not permitted to maintain pets per Caltech's Pet Policy found at http://www.housing.caltech.edu/cat_policy.asp

There is a Resident Associate on duty in Marks and Braun House.

The Apartments

The Housing office offers apartment style living, allowing easy access use of kitchen facilities and favorable bathroom conditions. There are 25 one bedroom units available at 150 S. Chester, each rated for two to three residents, with only minor variations in unit design. There are nine units available in the 1170 E. Del Mar Apartments, rated for two residents for studio units (2 available), two to three residents for one bedroom units (2 available) and four residents for two bedroom units (5 available).

In addition to standard furnishings, there is a living room with a dining table, dining chairs and a couch in each unit. The kitchen is equipped with a gas range, refrigerator, stove and microwave oven (but no cooking utensils.) Laundry facilities are available in the apartments by coin operation only. Each building has a Resident Associate on duty.

Each apartment building has a community gas barbecue and 1170 Del Mar has a pool in the central courtyard.

Internet connection is available in both buildings, via Charter Communications. If you have questions about connectivity, please submit a fixit request to  http://www.its.caltech.edu/~fixit//

Personal campus extensions are not available

Pets are not permitted in the apartments. Resident is not permitted to maintain pets per Caltech's Pet Policy found at http://www.housing.caltech.edu/cat_policy.asp

Housing Options at a Glance

Please see the chart below for comparisons on the factors that have received the most inquiries:

Houses
Off-Campus Alleys
Avery House
Apartments
Marks/Braun House
Campus Extensions
Yes
Common areas only
Yes
No
Yes
Internet
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cats permitted
Yes
No
No
No
No
Board Required
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Air conditioning
Yes
Some common areas
Yes
Living room only
Yes
 
 
 

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