Life West is located in Hayward, CA at the heart of the Bay Area, an easy drive to any location in the metro area: San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose and Napa Valley. As far as convenience to amazing sights and culture, the Bay Area is unparalleled.
Home to a vibrant economy, diverse culture and mild climate, the San Francisco Bay Area offers endless opportunities for entertainment. A short drive will get you to world-renowned museums, big-draw concerts, exciting art galleries, lively theaters, five-star restaurants and shopping utopia as well as major league baseball, football and hockey games. Explore places like Sausalito, Wine Country, Monterey or Santa Cruz in your own backyard. Visit some of the websites below to find out more about Bay Area living.
If you’d like to learn more about housing and ways students afford to live in this spectacular place, be sure to visit the housing page.
Housing Options at Life West
Most people think big when they imagine of the possible expense of living in the Bay Area. DON’T PANIC! Our students are pleasantly surprised when they find out the many affordable ways they can maximize their loan money and minimize their expenses.
OPTION ONE: Share an amazing house with other students.
Most of our Life West students pool their resources and rent large family homes in the area. These houses provide tons of space, high-end finishes, private bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and even swimming pools and hot tubs as amenities. And all this for as little as $550 per person (private room) per month rent. That is much less than most dorms and campus housing. And far nicer, frankly.
The advantage to this option is that you will not only save money and rent an amazing house, but you can create an amazing household community and work together to help and support each other as you go through school. It is cheaper than campus housing and gives you (as an adult) the options you prefer.
How do you choose this option? Once you are accepted, the admissions office will put you in touch with our Life West Housing Coordinator who will put you on a group mailing list. You will meet possible roommates online and once you know who you want to live with, the Housing Coordinator will assist you with reviewing options for renting local homes.
OPTION TWO: Rent an apartment.
There are number of apartment building near to the school who provide affordable options in one and two bedroom apartments. Typically this option costs a bit more per person than renting a shared house, but for people who do not want to live with others, this is always an option. Typically the apartment option has nice amenities included like a community pool. We will put you in touch with our best ranked options.
OPTION THREE: Rent a house by yourself.
If you require a larger space for yourself because you have a family or other needs, we will do everything we can to help you to make great choices. You would research the options yourself using a finer service online, like Craig’s List. However, we can steer you to good areas, give you feedback on reasonable rates, and explain the best commute options.