Living in Hollywood
Theatre of Arts does not own or maintain student residence halls, but we recognize that safe, affordable housing is a top concern for all students. Fortunately, the Los Angeles housing market is vibrant, with countless options for almost every budget and living style preference. To that end, we've assembled this page to direct students to some of the many services offering nearby living options—all available now.
Option 1: TOA Co-Living Housing Partners
UP(st)ART Creative Living
UP(st)ART Creative is a fun, collaborative and affordable month-to-month co-living community. Houses have large common areas such as quiet desk spaces, comfy lounges, and lovely outdoor spaces. Rates are $700-$800 per month, all utilities and amenities included. TOA students get 50% off their first month when they book a 3-month stay using this link.
TOA students enjoy exclusive rent discounts on hassle-free spaces from Coliving.com, which matches renters with creative-friendly housing—all amenities included, and often with flexible leases. Browse current Los Angeles vacancies on Coliving.com, then contact Reece Cross in the TOA Admin Office to secure your TOA student discount.
Option 2: Thousands of Rentals Just a Click Away!
Various top websites provide up-to-the-minute listings for rental apartments and houses of every kind—many with lawns, pools, laundry, fitness centers, and other amenities common in LA housing. Click the red buttons below to browse Hollywood vacancies available now.
Option 3: Roommates = Savings
Students who opt to live with roommates instead of renting a whole apartment can save thousands of dollars. Some TOA students rent multi-bedroom apartments together, coordinating through a TOA Facebook group. Other online services like those below offer thousands of roommate opportunities. Click the red buttons below each to browse listings.
Frequently Asked Questions: Los Angeles Student Housing
How much is a typical Los Angeles rental deposit?
You can expect to pay at least two months rent (first and last) to lease an apartment. A security/cleaning deposit is also usually required. If your credit score is lower or you’re an international student, apartment managers may require three months rent up-front.
Do I need a co-signer on my apartment lease?
If you are under 21, you will probably need a co-signer on your lease. If this is your first apartment, it is a good idea for your parents to help in your search.
Can International Students lease apartments?
Yes, but you may be required to pay a slightly higher deposit. You will usually also need to provide copies of your passport, I-20 and proof of enrollment—together with a financial statement proving that you have sufficient funds to pay rent.
Can I live outside the Hollywood area?
Sure! Among the popular alternatives to Hollywood is the San Fernando Valley, located just north of campus, which is only a short car or bus ride from TOA. It can be less expensive and more suburban in atmosphere, and Metro service is available.
Should I bring a car to Los Angeles?
Contrary to popular belief, having a car in LA is hardly a must. You can get almost anywhere either by rideshare service, taxi, bus or subway. While having a car can be convenient, LA's traffic is infamously bad, insurance rates are high, and parking can be very expensive.
If I do have a car, where can I park?
A majority of apartment buildings have parking for tenants. Street parking is available, but often hard to come by, and parking enforcement is strict and fines are steep. Various parking lots offer monthly passes; price varies by location and can change without notice.
*Housing information is provided as a courtesy for reference only. Theatre of Arts is not affiliated with any landlord, property owner, or online real estate or roommate service. TOA does not investigate, endorse or guarantee information provided by third parties. All agreements or contractual arrangements related to housing rental or leases are strictly between you or other responsible party and the property owner or landlord.