California University Rental Questions and Information

Can any student at California University of PA live off-campus?

Cal U has a four-semester on-campus residency requirement. This means freshman and sophomore students that don’t live within commuting distance of the university must first live in university-sponsored housing. Once this on-campus living requirement is satisfied, all students can look for off-campus housing near Cal U.


When should students begin looking for Cal U off campus housing?

If you need a place for the upcoming academic year, it’s advised you start looking for off campus student housing no later than January. Select a few off-campus rentals near Cal U that interest you and start setting up appointments to meet landlords and view properties.

DO NOT sign any lease until you physically walk through the property and talk to the landlord. Only then can you truly assess whether or not the place you’ve looked at suits your needs and budget. If there’s any hesitation, continue to look at other Cal U apartments for rent until you find the right one.


Is Cal U Off-Campus Housing Expensive?

The overall cost of an off-campus rental will vary based on factors like the apartment or house’s location and amenities. Before signing a lease, it’s important to factor in both start-up and term-of-lease expenses.

    • Start-Up Expenses – Before you even move into your new apartment, you’ll need to have money for your security deposit, first month’s rent, and utility installation costs (cable, internet, etc.)
  • Term-of-Lease Expenses – Most Cal U off-campus apartments require either monthly or per semester rent. Additionally, you have to factor in utility costs such as gas, electric, water, sewage, garbage, Internet, cable, and landline phone service if necessary.

How do I setup utilities at my Cal U off campus apartment?

Best University properties understands that off-campus student housing is often a young person’s first venture into true independent living.

When setting up utilities in your name for the first time, you’ll need to contact each utility company separately and provide them with your date of birth, social security number, current and new address, and your requested first date of service. Keep in mind that any first-time installation of new services typically requires 5 business days.


Utility Services for Cal U Off Campus Housing

ElectricWest Penn Power (formerly Allegheny Power) provides electricity to Cal U apartments. Contact them at 1-800-255-3443.
GasColumbia Gas is the natural gas provider for apartments or houses for rent near Cal U. They can be contacted at 1-888-460-4332.
Water – Water services for off-campus Cal U apartments is through the Pennsylvania American Water Co. They can be contacted at 1-800-565-7292.
Cable/InternetArmstrong Cable services apartments in California, Coal Center, and West Brownsville PA. They can be reached at 1-877-277-5711. Daisytown and Brownsville PA rentals are serviced through Atlantic Broadband. They can be contacted at 724-437-9875.
Garbage – Waste Management handles garbage pickup for apartment and house rentals near California University of PA. They can be reached at 1-800-866-4460.
Telephone – If you need a landline at your off campus apartment, call Verizon at 1-800-660-2215.


How is Public Transportation for Off-Campus Cal U Students?

There are a number of bus routes running to and from the university for off-campus Cal U students. Bus services are through the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority and current California of University of Pennsylvania students can ride free of charge with a validCalCard.


If you’re a student at California University of Pennsylvania with questions about off campus student housing, please email offcampushousing@calu.edu for assistance.