Residence Life and Housing looks forward to welcoming your student into housing!
Otis College parents, guardians, and family members are a vital part of a student’s successful transition into and through the college experience. While this is an exciting time for students, we know that it may be challenging for parents and families. Residence Life and Housing has a holistic approach that cares for the mental and physical well being of your student, inside and outside of the classroom. We have gathered information to help you understand different policies and procedures, important dates, and other resources to assist you with this transition.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a federal law that protects a student’s right to privacy, which includes housing records. Learn more about the College’s FERPA policy here. In accordance with FERPA guidelines, Residence Life and Housing staff will not share any resident information with anyone outside of the college’s system. Housing administrators are authorized to contact confidential contacts and emergency contacts. While these may be the same person, we do require the person to be listed for both. Please read the following information for more details:
Confidential Contact - On the Housing Application, residents list a friend, relative, or parent as their confidential contact. If you are listed as the Confidential Contact, you will be notified within 24 hours if a resident is determined to be missing by Otis College or a local law enforcement agency.
Emergency Contact - On the Housing Application, residents list a friend, relative, or parent as their emergency contact. Emergency contact information is used for situations deemed as emergencies, such as: medical emergencies, physical injury, and if the reported missing person is less than 18 years old and not legally emancipated.
May 10 | Last Day of Class
May 11 | Housing Move Out
May 15 | Commencement
May 16 | Housing Move Out for Seniors
View list of important dates
March 1 | Housing Applications Open
March 20 | Continuing Student Housing Priority
May 1 | New Student Housing Priority
August 18 & 19 | New Student Move In Days
August 25 & 26 | Continuing Student Move In Days
We understand that you may have questions around some specific aspects of housing. Please learn more through the menu items below.
Safety and Security
Your student's safety is very important to us! Our Resident Assistants and live in professional staff maintain an active presence in both locations. In addition, 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.
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!
Culture of Inclusion
The Residence Life & Housing department 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.
Although the roommate matching process helps students find a compatible roommate, there is never a guarantee to find the perfect roommate. Even the best roommates may experience conflict because people from different backgrounds, identities, and values are sharing space. In addition to differences, college age students are still developing and learning how to communicate through conflict. Housing's goal is to help students grow their conflict management skills that will benefit them the rest of their life.
As parents, you can assist Housing by encouraging your student to address the issues themselves. Housing has processes in place to help empower students to resolve their own conflict with support and guidance from the Housing staff. Housing asks you to please refrain from contacting our staff without your student’s knowledge. Instead, please use the resources below to guide your student through conflict resolution.