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?

Yes. The Harbour was created as a residential option primarily for students of the three schools in the Coast Community College District, with Orange Coast College students receiving 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. Nonetheless, The Harbour is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from both students and non-students, as well as students from other colleges or universities, subject to availability. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students will be assigned to available apartments only with other non-students, except with consent of all residents of the apartment.

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

WHAT OCCUPANCY DATES ARE AVAILABLE?

The Harbour offers either a Fall 2020 (projected September 25, 2020) move-in or a January 2021 move-in option. Additional alternate dates may be available; 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.

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. The Harbour also offers an adjusted payment schedule to match the financial aid disbursement calendar.

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 Harbour is a no-pets community. 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.

CAN I PARK MY VEHICLE AT THE HARBOUR?

Orange Coast College provides designated residential parking for Harbour residents. Residents and visitors must register vehicles with OCC Campus Safety. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis in designated areas.

CAN I SEE A MODEL APARTMENT?

Please visit our office in Watson Hall 110 to see samples of the apartment furnishings and floorings. 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 no meal plan at The Harbour, but there are 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 in Fall of 2020. OCC also offers the Pirate’s Cove, an on-campus food pantry, for students who are experiencing food insecurity.

ARE THERE ANY IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED TO LIVE AT THE HARBOUR?

Pursuant to Orange Coast College requirements, All residents of The Harbour must provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases (Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Pertussis and Meningitis) to Orange Coast College as recommended for colleges and universities by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

In addition, residents must be screened for Tuberculosis risk by completing the TB Risk Assessment form on the Student Health Portal. Residents found to be at high risk for Tuberculosis must provide documentation that they have a negative TB test completed within six months of entry into housing at The Harbour.

Click here to learn more about the OCC Immunization Requirements, Process and FAQs. The Housing Immunization Forms will be available on the OCC Student Health portal beginning in July 2020. The deadline to submit immunization requirements and health screening for Fall 2020 is October 1, 2020.

WILL THE HARBOUR BE OPEN IF CLASSES ARE ONLINE?

The Harbour plans to open this Fall, regardless of the format of Orange Coast College classes. 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. WILL THAT BE 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.

AM I REQUIRED TO PAY A DEPOSIT FOR HOUSING?

There is no security deposit required at The Harbour. The payment date for the initial $500 installment has been moved to June 1, 2020 (formerly May 1), and is credited against the first regular payment. We are also sensitive the concerns of many of our residents about their ability to pay, given economic uncertainty and job losses due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We respectfully suggest looking into financial relief that may be available from your college under the Department of Education emergency expense grant program, or from government sources through the CARES Act. If after learning about available benefits, a resident that anticipates being unable to pay the June 1 installment or future rent payments and needs accommodation for an extraordinary case should contact us promptly.

HAS MOVE-IN BEEN DELAYED?

The first available move-in date was originally scheduled for August 21, 2020. Due to construction delays including a labor strike by the glass installers' union, however, the project developer has advised that move-in is now projected for September 25, 2020. We will advise all residents of specific move-in date options and will provide rent reduction for any missed days of occupancy.