We are excited to welcome students back to campus for Fall 2021!
The Residence Hall and Park West affiliated apartments will be opening at double occupancy, meaning 2 students to a bedroom, with 4 students sharing the apartment/suite. Students will have a direct roommate and two suitemates in the second bedroom.
We understand that you may have many questions about housing and how to prepare for your arrival in August. Please use the following tabs to learn more about our policies and protocols, Move In, and what you can expect this upcoming year. More information will be sent to students over the summer as their space in housing is confirmed.
We will be providing students with an orientation to explain all requirements and expectations, post signage regarding safety protocols in every suite, and providing a cleaning kit for each apartment/suite. As we continue to follow the guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public health, we plan to implement one or more of the following safety measures:
- Vaccines. We are moving towards requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for residential students as soon as it is readily available. We are hopeful that students will be able to start receiving the vaccine as early as June. The Student Health and Wellness Center will be supporting the efforts around informing students about the vaccine, as well as updates on when and where the vaccine will be available.
- COVID-19 Testing. Any students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested through the Student Health and Wellness Center for free. Surveillance testing has taken place for residential students since Fall 2020. The tests that have been used this past year include: rapid antigen tests for symptomatic students, as well as PCR nasal swabs that get sent to the local lab for testing.
- Symptom Tracking. Students can update the SHWC if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 through CoVerified, an app that students can download for free. Our residential population has been completing these daily checks since Fall 2020.
- Isolation Rooms. Rooms will be held offline in order to have a space to isolate students as needed. SHWC and Residence Life and Housing check in with the students needing to isolate, to make sure they are taken care of, as well as providing services such as food and support.
Students with confirmed housing will receive an email to sign up for a move in appointment. Below are the move in days:
- Black Creatives Institute Move In Day | Saturday, August 14
- New International Student Move In Day | Tuesday, August 17
- New Student Move In Days | Wednesday, August 18 & Thursday, August 19
- Continuing Student Move In Days | Wednesday, August 25 & Thursday, August 26
Students will be expected to arrive during their move in appointment in order to assist with physical distancing of everyone moving in. We ask that students have no more than two people assisting with move in.
To learn more about what is included in each housing option and what you should bring, please view our packing lists:
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance. We recommend anywhere between $20,000 and $25,000. Start by checking with your parents’ homeowners insurance, as most companies extend coverage to students while they are away at college. Another option is checking with an insurance carrier of your choice, some companies that have worked with us in the past include:
For Park West Students Only. Students living at Park West are required to pay a $300 damage deposit, This payment is seperate from the student's account. We do require having this payment on file prior to a student moving. The damage deposit is refundable, less damage and/or move-out charges apply, at the end of the academic year. Upon moving in, students will complete a Room Condition Report, noting any damages or problems with their space. When a student moves out, they will complete a similar form updating us on any damages or problems. Staff will walk the space once all students leave for one final assessment. Residence Life and Housing will compare the forms and then assess any charges to the students' accounts. Once this is completed, damage deposits will be returned to the student’s preferred refund selection through BankMobile.
Students should view The Hoot, Hallway Handbook, and Student Guidelines for a full list of policies students are expected to follow while living in housing. We wanted to highlight a few of the policies here:
Guests and Visitors | Residential students will be allowed to visit other residential students. We are asking that no outside guests or visitors, including other Otis College students who don’t live in housing, enter the Residence Hall or affiliated Park West Apartments . If students are found to have outside guests in their buildings or residential spaces, the guest will be asked to leave immediately, and the student will be addressed through the Student Code of Conduct.
Masks | Students are required to wear a face covering when leaving their assigned room, including in the hallways of their building, lounges, elevators, stairwells, etc. Students who are in their own private space do not have to wear a face covering while they are in that space.
Students are assigned Resident Assistants (RAs) in each housing location. The RAs serve as a resource for students as they transition to their new home and navigate Otis College. In addition, the RAs foster and develop community among residential students through dialogue, engagement, and programming! Some programs that have been coordinated in the past include:
- Game/Movie Nights
- Bob Ross Painting Sessions
- Disco Night
- Caricature Drawing
- Adventure Time Roundtable Readings
These programs are ways to connect with other residential students. We encourage students to attend these events to connect with others and to build new friendships. If students are excited about a potential program idea, we encourage them to reach out to their RA to discuss planning! Follow our Instagram @otis.housing to keep connected with updates and programming.
Culture of Inclusion
Residence Life and Housing strives to create an inclusive living environment that honors the intersections of all identities. The professional staff and RAs are trained on various topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to be prepared to support our students. Additionally, our staff engages in conversations on Otis’ DEI Statement and 10 points to promote a more equitable campus that welcomes and celebrates every Otis student. To read more about Oti’s DEI Statement and 10 points, click here.
Clubs and Organizations
Another way for students to be involved on campus is to join a campus club/organization. These clubs and organizations are student-led and create fun programs and activities for students. Learn more about the different opportunities to join here. Students can also check out Otis Owl Events to see the upcoming events and programs taking place around campus.
Campus Activities Board (CAB)
CAB is composed of student leaders that work to enhance and unify the Otis college community by coordinating, overseeing, and executing all student led campus activities. All members of CAB provide leadership and support to fellow CAB members and student led campus activities. These programs and activities are open to all students and is an additional way for students to connect with other Otis peers. Learn more about CAB here. Stay connected with CAB on Instagram @Otiscab.
Safety and Security
Campus Safety is present on campus 24/7. Students can contact the office at 310.665.6965. While we are in a safe neighborhood within Los Angeles, we still recommend the following to keep our community safe:
- Sign up for Live Safe. Live Safe is an app that allows students to share information with Campus Safety, provides notifications of emergency situations, and allows for SafeWalk (someone can view your walk to another location).
- Always close and lock your door when leaving your apartment/suite.
- Do not let any unrecognized individuals into the building. If a person lives there, they should be able to access it.
- Use the buddy system when exploring Los Angeles beyond the campus.