Finding affordable housing close to campus may be a challenging task for new postdoctoral scholars at UC Irvine. Although some on-campus housing may be available, it is not guaranteed; therefore, we strongly advise that you consider a broad range of options. Click here to view the UCI interactive map to see the location of housing near campus. Additional information about living and working as a UCI postdoc is included at the bottom of this page and the UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PDA) resource pages are extremely useful. Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Housing in University Hills
Irvine Campus Housing Authority- Although opportunities are very limited, interested postdoctoral scholars may contact the office to inquire about on-campus housing in University Hills. Applications are available on the ICHA website. You may fax or email your application.
If renting, start on this page and review the apartment options. You will need to fill out an application for each option of interest and will be put on a waiting list.
UCI Off-Campus Housing Service
UCI hosts an Off-campus Housing Service called the Anteater Housing Network. If you do not yet have a UCInetID, sign up as a Guest. Enter the name of the departmental contact who can most quickly confirm your incoming status. A user must be affiliated with the campus in order to receive Guest Access to the website.
Once registered, the Postdoc will receive an email from the UCI Housing office requesting additional information in order to be granted Guest Access. The Postdoc must respond to this email and include contact information in order to be given Guest Access. Once approved by the UCI Housing Office, the postdoc will have complete access to all listings. If there is a delay, ask the staff member to call the UCI Housing office.
Apartment communities in areas surrounding UCI cost on average $1,500/month for a large one-bedroom apartment and $2,400/month for a 3-bedroom apartment. Rentals sometimes require 2 months’ rent in advance plus security deposits ranging from $600 to $1000. Contact the UCI Housing office atif you have problems accessing the Anteater Housing Network.
Be vigilant when renting off campus. The U.S.Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides advice on avoiding rental listing scams here.
Puerto Del Sol, Camino Del Sol, Vista Del Campo, Vista Del Campo-Norte
The following on-campus campus housing options are managed by American Campus Communities and may be available, although this is primarily student housing. Submit your application as early as possible as housing is limited.
The American Campus Communities landing page describing the four communities listed below.
Irvine Company Housing
The Irvine Company offers several apartment options and offers UCI employees a rent discount and reduced deposit for its apartments. They also offer a free apartment locator service. Contact the Irvine Company at for more information.
UCI Housing Outreach Services
Located in the UCI Student Center, room G465, the Housing Outreach Services provides additional information and resources regarding UCI and off-campus housing. Phone-949-824-7247
Additional Apartment Search Resources
Housing may be posted on the Postdoctoral Association Facebook page.
- Be vigilant when renting off campus. The U.S.Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides advice on avoiding rental listing scams here.
Summary of UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Survey regarding Housing and Transportation
Determining housing and transportation is a challenge when moving to a new location. The following data provides the results of a 2017 survey of our postdocs.
Where do UCI postdocs work and live?
96% of postdocs work on campus
43% live in off-campus housing in Irvine; 21% live in UCI campus housing
40% of postdocs live within 2 miles of campus; 57% within 5 miles of campus; 80% of postdocs live within 10 miles of campus. (There are several cities adjacent to Irvine.)
Can postdocs lives on campus?
Yes. Many postdocs are eventually offered campus housing; however, it is unlikely to obtain campus housing before arriving. The majority of postdocs who didn’t accept campus housing had entered into a lease obligation and were given short notice to accept the campus housing offer and move. We suggest you weigh the benefit (cost and convenience) of living on campus against the cost of breaking your lease if you are offered campus housing mid-lease.
66% of postdocs have applied for campus housing; of those, 60% have been offered campus housing. Of those postdocs, ~50% accepted the campus housing; ~50% did not.
Cost of housing:
~ 25% of postdocs pay $750-1000 per mo
~ 25% of postdocs pay $1000-1499 per mo
~ 25% of postdocs pay $1500-1999 per mo
~ 25% of postdocs pay $2000-2499 per mo
Cost varies according to location and size of accommodation.
We suggest you ask about the ability to house an animal and pet deposits.
Do you need a car?
Southern California has a "car culture". While there are buses and other public transportation, it is limited compared to other locations. In lieu of purchasing a car, some postdocs use Uber, Lyft and Zipcars. The Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PDA) webpages provide additional information about transportation.
73% of UCI postdocs have a car, 9% plan to buy a car, 9% may buy a car, and 9% don’t plan to buy a car.
Other sites that can help you plan your move to Irvine include:
- Irvine Public Schools (if you have children)
- City of Irvine
- County of Orange
- Orange County Register
- Los Angeles Times
- Orange County Public Libraries