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Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing: Guide to the local rental market

Humboldt State is located in Arcata, California. There are, however, a number of other towns just a short distance from campus that you might want to also consider. These include McKinleyville, Eureka, Trinidad, Ferndale and Fortuna.

Which town is right for you?

It's all a question of priorities. Are you, for instance, looking for the cheapest rent, the closest location to campus, or the town with the most restaurants and amenities? Use the chart below to learn more about the neighborhoods in Arcata and our neighboring cities.

Arcata

Neighborhood Distance To HSU Bus Service? Amenities Rent
Within City Limits
Curtis Heights 1 mile   Park 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Woodland Heights 2 miles   Park 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Westwood 1 mile Red Route A&MRTS Grocery, Laundry 2 dollar signs - moderate rent
Greenview 3 miles Red Route A&MRTS Grocery, Bike Trails 2 dollar signs - moderate rent
Outside City Limits
Fickle Hill 2 miles   Park, Bike Trails, Hiking 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Valley West 5 miles A&MRTS, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Gas, Restaurants 2 dollar signs - moderate rent - 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent
The Bottoms 2 miles A&MRTS Grocery, Laundry 2 dollar signs - moderate rent - 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent
Sunnybrae 2 miles A&MRTS Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Park, Hiking 2 dollar signs - moderate rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent

$ Key: 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent = $250 - $400/mo. (usually a room in a house); 2 dollar signs - moderate rent = $450 - $800/mo. (usually 1-2br apartment or small house); 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent = $850 - $1500/mo. (usually 1-2br house or townhouse); 4 dollar signs - higher rent = $1500+/mo. (usually private home, often with property).

Beyond Arcata

City Distance To HSU Bus Service? Amenities Rent
Fieldbrook/Blue Lake 6-8 miles Yes, HTA Park, Hiking, River 2 dollar signs - moderate rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
McKinleyville 5 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park, Beach Access 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Eureka/Cutten/Myrtle Town 8 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park, Beach Access 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Trinidad/Westhaven 15 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Beach Access 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Fortuna 25 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Ferndale 28 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Rio Dell/Scotia 35 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park, River 2 dollar signs - moderate rent - 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent
Willow Creek 40 miles Yes, HTA Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park, River 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent
Garberville/Redway 75 miles N/A Grocery, Laundry, Eating, Gas, Park, River 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent - 4 dollar signs - higher rent

$ Key: 1 dollar sign - cheaper rent = $250 - $400/mo. (usually a room in a house); 2 dollar signs - moderate rent = $450 - $800/mo. (usually 1-2br apartment or small house); 3 dollar signs - less moderate rent = $850 - $1500/mo. (usually 1-2br house or townhouse); 4 dollar signs - higher rent = $1500+/mo. (usually private home, often with property).


If you have any questions about the content on this page or have any suggestions please email: buddy@humboldt.edu.

Humboldt State University does not inspect or endorse the listed properties or make any warranties regarding their condition, nor does HSU secure off-campus housing for students. Off Campus Housing accepts listings with the expectation and understanding that the landlord or agent is in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.