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Students can choose to live on campus or attend SOCAPA as a Day Student.

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Day Students:

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.


Day students should plan to begin the program on the afternoon of the first Sunday of their session, just as residential students do. Schedules and important information is shared during this orientation, and students will also meet their classmates and teachers.

Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9am and end at 5pm, Monday through Friday. Most programs require at least one or two nights of evening work (editing time, night shoot time, etc.), and some 3-week programs also require students to attend 1 of their final weekend days, such as during a longer shoot day for filmmakers and actors. Students are responsible for following their individual program schedule and respecting that others are counting on them to be there for early call times, evening production meetings, etc. They should also note that schedules may change due to weather, special events, or other circumstances, and watch for communication from campus about these changes. Day students do not have residential staff to remind them of changes, so they’re responsible for paying attention to knowing where they’re supposed to be for class or events.

Evening activities typically run from 7pm to 10pm, with some variance. The break between when class ends and evening activities begin is a dinner break when residential students might shower, change, nap, get supplies for their film or photo projects, buy dinner, work on the songs they’re writing, etc.

Meal Plan

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. Day students should be prepared to purchase their own dinner when joining us for the evening.

Social Life

Day students should be aware that most of our attendees are residential students who live in our dormitories, and that our programming is structured for students who are in our care 24/7. Day students often befriend others in the programs and can participate in our evening extracurriculars, but they won’t be a part of evening floor meetings, floor mixers, roommate experiences, or other quintessential parts of sleep-away camp that residential students enjoy.

Extra Curricular

Day students are encouraged and welcome (but not required) to attend any of our structured evening and weekend activities at no extra charge. In the past these have included guest artist speakers, karaoke nights, trips to Stomp, laser tag, bowling, or Times Square, etc. When they don’t have classes schedules, some day students choose to return home at 5pm, which is also fine.