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Moving to a new city can be a difficult process, and in a city as large as Los Angeles it can be even more challenging. Most students come to CMS for only a few months, a much shorter time than the one-year leases offered by most apartment buildings. CMS is not able to offer students housing through the school, but we do what we can to assist in this transition as much as possible.

Housing Options

Most students at CMS will stay in one of the following types of housing units while attending CMS:


These are units where the student has his/her own bedroom, bathroom and kitchen facilities in a building with multiple units of similar size/type. Many students who stay in apartments will have roommates who share the kitchen, living room and/or bathroom area.

The Gaylord Apartments |
Oakwood Apartments |
Crenshaw Townhouse Apartments |
Arwyn Manor |
Highland Park / Mid-Wilshire Apartments |
Artiste Apartments | St. Andrews Place | Essex Manor Hotel Apartments

Dormitory-style housing

These are units where the student has a bedroom (private or shared) and shares all other facilities with other residents in the building. They will have to share a bedroom, kitchen, living room and other common areas.

Libra Hotel | Orbit Hotel & Hostel | Hobart House |
Academy House |
Homestay Services International |
USA Hostels Hollywood |
Prime Guest House |
Oxford Mansion


These are units that someone already lives in, but they are offering to rent out their space for a short period of time while they are away. Sublets are generally offered for apartments, but may also be found for houses, condominiums or other residence types. Many sublets come furnished and the lease terms are generally more flexible than those at an apartment building.

Preferred hotels

For shorter term stays, the following are our preferred local hotels. Some offer a special CMS rate, click for more information. Many hotels will also offer a discount to visitors wishing to stay for a long period of time. Over a longer stay, the prices for these units may be more than a regular apartment, but they come furnished and often include other amenities such as housekeeping service.

Hotel Normandie | The Line

CMS is located in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles. When looking for housing, students may wish to concentrate on this area. CMS is also located directly above the Wilshire/Western purple line Metro Station. Students unable to find housing within walking distance of CMS may wish to consider residences along the Metro line. There are also a number of bus stops within one block of the CMS facility that can take students to different areas of the city. For more information on public transportation, students should consult the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LA Metro) website.

Finding a Roommate

CMS does not offer housing placement services or roommate matching, but we do host a CMS Housing Facebook Group where new and current students and graduates can connect and coordinate their living situations.