FAQs About Our Apartments

WHAT IS THE HARBOUR AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE?

It’s an on-campus apartment community designed especially with Orange Coast College students in mind — in a convenient campus location and at attractive rates. The Harbour features spacious studio, 1, 2, and 4-bedroom furnished apartments with modern kitchens, included utilities and more.

IS THE HARBOUR OPEN TO RESIDENTS WHO AREN’T STUDENTS AT OCC?

The Harbour was created as a residential option primarily for students of the three schools in the Coast Community College District. Orange Coast College students receive placement priority, followed by students from both Coastline Community College and Golden West College. The per-person contracts are also designed with student residents in mind. The Harbour is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and student applicants with children are welcome. There is no extra cost for minor children in the care of adult residents, other than regular charges for each bedroom space selected by the resident. A minor occupying a bedroom space rented by a parent, guardian or person with legal custody is not considered a breach of the Housing Agreement or a violation of the rules. In order to match student roommates in shared apartments, we will request roommate consent for any non-student occupants.

CAN I LIVE WITH FRIENDS, OR CAN YOU MATCH ME WITH ROOMMATES?

You can select your apartment-mate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other residents. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

WHAT ARE PER-PERSON CONTRACTS?

The Harbour offers standard per-person contracts. Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at The Harbour can elect their own individual contract, with one adult per bed space, under which you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. With an individual contract, even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bed space.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RATE?

Each resident at The Harbour pays a flat rate that includes:
  • Furnishings
  • High-speed Internet
  • Electricity
  • Water/sewer
  • Trash removal
  • 24-hour on-site management
  • Access to all campus resources

WHAT SIZE ARE THE APARTMENTS?

The spacious accommodations at The Harbour range from studio through 4-bedroom apartments, with available private bathrooms. Square footage varies by floor plan. See floor plans tab to view accommodations.

ARE THE APARTMENTS FURNISHED?

Yes. All apartments at The Harbour are fully furnished with based on floorplan type listed below.

Studio & 1-bedroom
  • Bed
  • Under the bed dresser
  • Love seat
  • TV stand
  • Coffee table
  • Desk and chair
2-bedroom Single
  • Bed
  • Under the bed dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Sectional sofa
  • TV stand
2-bedroom Double
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Love seat
  • Coffee table
  • Dining table and 4 chairs
  • Under the bed dresser
  • TV stand
4-bedroom
  • Bed
  • Under the bed dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Sectional sofa
  • Dining table and 4 chairs
  • TV stand

WHAT OCCUPANCY DATES ARE AVAILABLE?

The standard term is August 23, 2023 to July 27, 2024. Immediate move-in and alternate dates such as semester or academic terms may be available (rate premiums may apply); please inquire with our staff.

CAN I PAY BY CREDIT CARD?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. The Harbour also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

IS A CO-SIGNER OR FINANCIAL GUARANTY REQUIRED?

Each applicant is required to provide a qualifying financial guarantor (often a parent). In some circumstances, this requirement may be waived on the recommendation of Orange Coast College.

CAN MY STUDENT FINANCIAL AID COVER CHARGES AT THE HARBOUR?

Yes, your living costs at The Harbour can be paid for using financial aid. Available financial aid funds, after College academic charges are satisfied, are released to the student for expenses such as housing.

Most students will have a balance due after financial aid is applied. We recommend that you speak with a financial aid counselor. There are also resident financial aid workshops and online modules that students paying with financial aid.

Click here for more info regarding financial aid.

WHAT KIND OF SAFETY AND SECURITY ARE PROVIDED?

The Harbour has fire sprinklers, and electronic locks plus individually locking bedroom doors. Community courtesy patrols are provided at select times, and campus safety escorts are available 24/7. Resident Advisors, Residential Education Coordinators and management staff are also on-site 24/7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

WHAT ARE THE POLICIES ON PETS, SMOKING AND GUESTS?

The community is smoke-free in all indoor and outdoor areas, as no smoking is permitted on campus. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to limits on duration and apartment-mate consent.

The Harbour does not allow pets in campus housing; however, a student resident with a confirmed disability may request a reasonable accommodation of an assistance animal in housing when its use is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their campus housing. Information about the process for establishing housing accommodations for a disability at The Harbour can be found at this link: Housing Procedures – Accommodations

CAN I PARK MY VEHICLE AT THE HARBOUR?

On-campus parking at Orange Coast College is managed by the OCC Campus Safety department. Parking is available for residents of The Harbour in the parking lot just to the north of The Harbour, with an applicable campus parking permit and. Click here to for vehicle registration. Limited guest parking is also available through OCC Campus Safety.

CAN I SEE A MODEL APARTMENT?

Please visit our community at 1369 Adams to take a tour and see a model apartment. We would love to chat with you about the community.

IS HOUSING GUARANTEED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OR OTHER STUDENT COMMUNITIES?

Spaces are limited, so we are not able to guarantee housing for any specific student population. Housing applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Orange Coast College students, followed by students of Coastline Community College and Golden West College. Students who are currently experiencing homelessness or are current/former foster youth under 25 will receive priority in their application.

CAN I STAY IN MY APARTMENT OVER WINTER INTERSESSION AND/OR SUMMER?

Yes. Students under annual term housing agreements are welcome to stay in their apartment during all College holidays, intersession term and summer. Dates of occupancy are included in the housing agreement.

ARE THE APARTMENTS SINGLE GENDER?

Apartment assignments are available both traditional gender-specific and non-gender-specific. We will assign a resident to a mixed or non-gender-specific apartment only if selected on the resident’s application or subsequent consent form.

IS THERE A MEAL PLAN?

The apartments at The Harbour have full kitchens with standard appliances. There is a meal plan that can be reviewed here as well as multiple dining options available on campus and in the local community. Students will be able to utilize their One Card to purchase food at OCC’s on-campus locations. OCC also offers the Pirate’s Cove, an on-campus food pantry, for students who are experiencing food insecurity.

HOW DO I REQUEST AN ACCOMMODATION FOR A DISABILITY?

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Orange Coast College has established Housing Procedures - Accommodations to ensure students with documented disability(ies) have equal access to housing opportunities at The Harbour.

In order to request and receive housing accommodation, potentially including an assistance animal, the student is encouraged to complete the Housing Accommodations Request Form. To determine reasonable housing accommodations, confirmation that describes the needed accommodation or modification, and the relationship between the student’s disability and how the requested accommodation is necessary to use campus housing, is required.

Housing accommodations and academic accommodations requests are separate, distinct processes. Students seeking academic accommodations must complete the application and provide documentation to the Orange Coast College Accessibility Resource Center.

ARE THERE ANY IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED TO LIVE AT THE HARBOUR?

Pursuant to Orange Coast College guidelines, it is highly recommended that all incoming Housing students provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to the following infectious diseases; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Pertussis and Meningitis, and provide tuberculosis (TB) clearance as recommended for colleges and universities by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. 

Visit the Student Health Center Housing Immunization page to learn more about the OCC Immunization RecommendationsInstructions and FAQs. The Housing Immunization Forms are available on the Student Health portal and the deadline to submit immunization recommendations and health screening for for 2024 will be due October 1, 2024. Those starting in Spring semester will be due March 1, 2025.

WILL THE HARBOUR BE OPEN IF CLASSES ARE ONLINE?

Even when classes are online, The Harbour is open. Given the housing crisis in Southern California, our mission is to provide a home for students and other constituents. We are fortunate to be providing apartment-style housing, meaning each apartment has its own kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Like other apartment communities, we expect to stay open at all times.

OTHER COLLEGES ARE LIMITING OCCUPANCY IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING. IS THAT THE CASE FOR THE HARBOUR?

We are fortunate to be providing apartment-style housing, meaning each apartment has its own kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Residents are able to reside in their apartments and not have to rely on densely populated communal areas such as common dining and community bathrooms. We, like other apartment communities, expect to stay open at all times, with no planned occupancy changes.