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Welcome to Orange County, the Gold Coast of California, with over 42 miles of coastline providing spectacular vistas. Orange County is home to some of the world’s most popular attractions such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. The area has something for everyone from music, art, and theater to sports. The beautiful beaches offer surfing, body boarding, hiking, tide pools, scuba diving, whale watching, boating, fishing, dining, and shopping at the famous South Coast Plaza Mall. From Surfside Beach, Sunset Beach, Seal Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach to Doheny State Beach, you will find an array of beach activities from volleyball to just soaking up the rays.

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+ - Housing Information

As you prepare for your transition to law school, it is important that you carefully explore the area to secure adequate housing. Chapman University’s main campus in Orange has some on-campus housing, the majority of the space is dedicated to undergraduate students. The following applications may be used to get on a wait list for on-campus housing: Chapman University Houses or Glassell Street Apartments. These options are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Students will be contacted if/when their name comes up on the list. The off-campus housing resources provides information about off-campus housing, including rental listings. To obtain assistance with the off-campus housing process, please complete the survey (green check mark) on the off-campus housing link above. 

For more information on Chapman's housing options, visit Chapman's Residence Life website.

+ - Relocation Information: Orange County Metropolitan Area

The Greater Orange County Metropolitan Area encompasses several municipalities, including the City of Orange, where Chapman University is located, Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach. To secure more information about the aforementioned municipalities, please contact their Chamber of Commerce.
City of Orange (800) 938-0073 www.orangechamber.com
Irvine (949) 660-9112 http://www.irvinechamber.com
Santa Ana (714) 541-5353 http://www.santaanachamber.com
Anaheim (714) 758-0222 www.anaheimchamber.com
Tustin (714) 544-5341 http://tustinchamber.org
Costa Mesa (714) 885-9090 www.costamesachamber.com
Huntington Beach (714) 536-8888 www.hbchamber.com
Newport Beach (949) 729-4400 www.newportbeach.com
Laguna Beach (949) 494-1018 www.lagunabeachchamber.org

+ - Public Transportation

The majority of law students typically commute to the Law School in their private vehicles. Student parking is available in the parking structure located directly behind Kennedy Hall. However, you may wish to consider alternative forms of transportation. For public transportation information, including schedules and fares, please contact:

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) 

(714) 636-7433 

Metrolink Train System
(800) 371-5465

Amtrak Train
800) 872-7245 

+ - Apartment Sharing (Roommates)

Orange County, like other metropolitan areas in Southern California, can be an expensive place to live depending on your personal tastes and needs. The average monthly rent ranges from $700 to $900 for apartments, $1200 to $1800 for houses, and $300 to $600 for rooms to rent. Sharing the cost of rent and utilities may offer the advantage of reducing your personal cost of living expenses. The Law Admissions Office has an off-campus roommate form that is available upon request at (877) CHAPLAW. The roommate contact form authorizes release of your contact information to other admitted law students who also completed the form. However, each student is personally responsible for initiating contact with any potential roommates.

+ - Rental Sources

Current law students have reported that their key resources for finding housing have been the classified section of local newspapers, such as the Orange County Register or the Times- Orange County edition. The Apartment Guide, which is typically available at local supermarkets, provides area maps and detail information about local apartments is generally provided at no cost. The following list provides additional websites that you may wish to explore: