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Students can choose to live on campus or attend SOCAPA as a Day Student.
Students in the overnight program stay in the Oxy dormitories and partake in the "all you care to eat" meal plan.
The residence hall is a traditional dormitory, with shared bathrooms and mostly double rooms. It is equipped with high-speed ethernet access, laundry facilities, air-conditioning and a computer lab. Students congregate in the common area and have access to a small kitchenette. Students live on single-sex floors, each supervised by Residence Assistants.
Most of SOCAPA's meals will be served in The Marketplace in Johnson Student Center. Marketplace offers a variety of food for students to choose from - wood-fired pizza, made-to-order pasta, deli specialties, fresh baked goods and a salad bar. On the weekends, SOCAPA students go off-campus for trips to area attractions and are responsible for three meals over the weekend while out touring LA.
SOCAPA provides evening and weekend activities for boarding students ranging from a relaxing cool off swim after a productive and exciting day of class, to karaoke night with friends in the lounge or a viewing of the summer blockbuster hit. Weekends are filled with a sampling of LA's excitement: a fun day at Universal Studios, walking around Hollywood, and getting dinner out on the town. SOCAPA brings together the best parts of summer- having fun with friends and seeing and experiencing new places- and a productive learning experience.
Students who live locally or who have friends/family to stay with in Los Angeles are welcome to attend the program as Day Students. Day Students commute to campus each day and return home each evening and thus do not pay the Room & Board portion of our fees. However, day students are required to purchase lunch meals from Occidental College meal hall and the fee will need to be paid at the beginning of the session.
Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9am and end at 5pm, Monday through Friday, though some programs have occasional evening or weekend commitments, as well.
Occidental College policies require all Day students to purchase lunch meals through the Occidental College meal hall. Day students are charged an additional Meals and Activities fee of $185 per week of attendance to cover the cost of lunches in the cafeteria, access to Occidental campus, and tickets or entrance fees for class and extracurricular activities. All meal fees must be paid on-campus, at the beginning of the session.
Day students are encouraged and welcome (but not required) to attend any of our structured evening and weekend activities at no extra charge.