Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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International Student Housing Options

 

On-Campus Housing

http://www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life/housing-details

 

Off-Campus Housing

There are four types of off-campus housing you can get:

Studio

A studio consists of a living/sleeping area, a bathroom and a cooking area.  Junior 1 bedroom apartments are larger with a semi-private bedroom or a den. Bachelor studios/units are small studios with a kitchenette: a mini fridge, a microwave, no oven. Average price for a studio is $700-1200. Back units are converted studios/apartments located in the back of the house’s property.

Apartment

An apartment has bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Apartment homes/luxury apartments have extra storage space and washer/dryer hookup or in-unit. Average price for a 1br apartment is $1100 - $2300, and $2000 - $3000 for a 2 br apartment.

House

A house has bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and a garage. The landlord may rent out the whole house or only bedrooms. Average price for a house is $2300-4000.

Homestay

This option offers the international student the opportunity to live with an American family.  The student can learn firsthand what family life in the United States is like.  Homestay is a great way to make friends and improve English skills.  Some homestays are within walking distance of the campus; others are within an easy public bus ride of Otis.  Every homestay is different - some families have children and others do not, some families provide the student with a room and home-cooked meals, and others provide the room only.

Homestay Providers

www.global-student-service.com/homestayforstudents.html

 

Resources

  • www.craigslist.org – a general classifieds website that has housing listings and  where you can also buy used furniture
  • http://www.otis.edu/classified-ads - Otis classifieds with listing from other students
  • www.uloop.com – a classifieds website specifically for students
  • www.chineseinla.com – a website for Chinese people in Los Angeles that has a housing section
  • www.radiokorea.com - a website for Korean people in Los Angeles that has a housing section
  • Bulletin boards around campus
  • Local newspapers at newsstands, bookstores, local & international markets

 

Apartments in the area around Otis:

http://www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life/living-campus

 

Vocabulary:

Landlord: the person who owns and/or rents you the property.

Tenant: you, the person who stays and uses the property.

Rent: what you pay to live in a property.

Lease: your agreement with the landlord. If you rent from the renter, it’s called a sublease.

Deposit: upfront payment that you get back when you move out unless you damage the property.

Penalty fees: what you pay if you do not follow the rules on the lease.

Credit history: when you own credit cards and borrow money in the U.S, you have a credit history.

Social Security Number: a number ID given to U.S. citizen, residents and temporary workers.

Normal wear & tear: what things look like after being used, but not damaged. You will pay a fee and/or lose your deposit if any rented property/item is damaged beyond normal wear & tear. So take pictures of everything before you move in!

 

Landlord Problems to Avoid:

  • Ask you for money before meeting you.
  • Currently away from home and cannot meet you face to face.
  • Want you to pay over the phone, send it by mail, email, or wire.
  • Get upset because you ask for an ID or a signed receipt.
  • Do not call you back.
  • Let you wait and do not apologize.
  • Change the price at the last minute.

When this happens, walk away!

Note: Ask your landlord to waive (not charge) the application fee because you don’t have a social security number or a credit history!

 

When looking at apartments:

  • Don’t give out your bank account number or important information over email or phone.
  • Meet your landlord/roommate and see the place in person. Take a friend with you.
  • Call 20 minutes ahead to confirm your visit/appointment.
  • Ask questions:
    • What is included in the rent?
    • Are guests allowed?
    • Who else lives there or has a key?
    • Check everything: sink, toilet, hot water, lights, air conditioner/heater, etc.
    • Take pictures of the room AND any damages.
    • Type/write down everything AND sign. Make a lease. Always.
    • You cannot change your mind after you sign.
    • Don’t give anyone your money without a signed lease, a key and a receipt.
    • Ask for help, smile and say thank you!

 

Documents you will need to rent:

  • Original passport AND copy of passport
  • Original I-20 AND copy of I-20
  • A copy of your I-94
  • Copy of your financial statement or a bank account verification letter.
  • Reference letter from a friend, relative, teacher, etc. You can pick up a housing letter from the housing office.
  • (optional) A co-signer in the U.S.
  • You might need to open a U.S. bank account in order to rent
  • About $2500 to cover the first month of rent and a deposit

 

How to read and write a U.S. address:

Line 1: house number + street name

Line 2: apartment/suite/office number

Line 3: City, State Zipcode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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