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General Info | Apartment and House Rental | Hotel Rooms & Suites

This guide is intended for the use of participants who will be in residence at IPAM for a long program. Your offer letter from IPAM includes the amount of your housing allowance. If you will be in-residence for at least one month, we recommend you look for a furnished apartment to rent or sublet, since renting a hotel room for a long period may be cost-prohibitive. For those who will be in town for less than a month at a time, you may have to rent a room at a hotel or via a vacation rental service (such as Airbnb, see below), as most landlords will not sign a lease for less than a month.

Because rent is high in Los Angeles, IPAM encourages long program participants to share an apartment when possible. If you know someone attending the same program with you and are interested in sharing an apartment with him/her, please make arrangements privately. If you do not know anyone and would like to find a roommate, please email our housing coordinator.

Please find the section below that addresses your needs.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Map

Please access the following link for the map of Westwood (the location of UCLA) and nearby areas. This will give you a better idea of the neighborhoods near campus and assist you in choosing a preferred location for your stay.

When to start looking for housing

Please consider contacting rental companies at least 1-2 months before the date you intend to move in. While some rentals will be able to settle your lease contract a long time before your actual arrival, others will ask you to contact them at a later date.

Apartment search tips

Questions that you should consider to ask while inquiring about housing:

- Is the apartment furnished? Does it include housewares?
- Does the rent include utilities?
- How far is it from UCLA campus?
- Are there nearby bus stops?
- Is it a quiet neighborhood, and/or are there student tenants around?
- Is parking provided?
- Do they have internet and cable?

Furniture Rental

Most short-term rental properties come furnished; if you rent an apartment that is not furnished, you may rent furniture and housewares from any of the following companies (Please note that IPAM cannot reimburse for furniture rental expenses.)

- Fashion Furniture Rental
- Cort Furniture Rental
- Brook Furniture Rental

Scams

Please read the link offered by the FTC regarding potential housing scams and make sure to send all lease agreements to the housing coordinator for review before signing any contracts or sending money to a potential landlord.

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APARTMENT & HOUSE RENTAL

Many of IPAM visitors have used the facilities listed below and found them very convenient. IPAM lists these property management companies here as a courtesy but cannot recommend any one in particular. Long program participants are advised to check for availability and pricing, and to determine to their own satisfaction the suitability of the rental unit.

Moss and Company
1033 Hilgard Ave (15 minute walk to UCLA)
Contact: (310) 208-4454
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Westwood Village Apartment Homes Website
Month to month lease; minimum 30-day stay required. They offer executive suites (studios), one and two bedroom furnished apartments. A $100 monthly discount is offered to IPAM/UCLA visitors.
Rent include utilities (up to $150/month) and furniture.
Moss and Company also offers VIP Housewares Package for an additional $350/month. To see the package contents, please click here.

El Greco
1030 Tiverton Avenue (15 minute walk to UCLA)
Contact: Tom Ma at (310) 824-0463
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El Greco Website
Prices include furniture and utilities; no housewares available.
15 minute walk to the UCLA campus, minimum 3 month lease is required.

Breeze Suites Moderne in Santa Monica
609 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 656-0311
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Breeze Suites Website
Breeze Suites offers furnished studios in Santa Monica blocks away from shopping areas, restaurants, and the beach. The units are conveniently located near bus lines that serve UCLA. Units include built-in entertainment centers and full kitchens. 30-day minimum stay required.

The Plaza at Westwood (15 minutes walk to IPAM)
10983 Wellworth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 479-6205
The Plaza at Westwood Website
Furnished apartments close to the UCLA Campus; minimum 3 month lease required.

Chez Marty
California Avenue, between 3rd and 9th Streets, Santa Monica
Contact: Marty Kaplan at (310) 458-1516 or Janice at (818) 720-2607
Chez Marty Website
Chez Marty offers four different monthly furnished rental units. The units are conveniently located near bus lines, and include cable TV, linens and cookware. The commute by bus to UCLA is approximately 25-35 minutes.

More websites to help you search for housing:

  • UCLA Community Housing Office. Contact housing@ipam.ucla.edu for instructions.
  • Craiglist - this website has a vast database of available housing in LA area and is updated daily. Under the "Housing" heading, search "Sublets/Temporary" with the keywords "Westwood," "UCLA," or any other desired area.
  • Sabbatical Homes - search for available sabbatical rentals
  • Airbnb - is a popular online service that matches people seeking short-term accommodations with private parties with rooms to rent. Listings include private rooms, entire apartments and other properties rented from a per-night basis up to multiple months.
  • Academic Homes - search for available houses, apartments and housesitting opportunities, as well as post a "home wanted" ad for yourself.
  • Short Term Stay - this service is free, after registration they will send you email notifications about availabilities according to your preferences.
  • Westside Rentals.Com - there is a $60 membership fee which will allow you to use this search site for 60 days.
  • Sublet.Com - free for browsing and a $29.95 fee for a full membership.

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HOTEL ROOMS & SUITES

There are a number of hotels located near UCLA and Westwood Village that offer suites and/or weekly or monthly leases. These are most suitable for visitors in residence for less than a month. For additional details please visit IPAM's Hotel Page.

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