Housing

This information is provided to help you plan your housing. You must make your own arrangements as CESL does not provide or arrange housing.  CESL does not endorse or give preference to any external housing provider.  It is recommended that students rent housing only from official leasing agencies and not sublet to, or from other persons. All rental agreements are in writing.

The University of Arizona is located in Central Tucson or near Downtown. Streets that have direct buses to the University are N. Stone, N. 1st Ave., E. Pima, E. Speedway, N. Campbell, E. 6th Street.

Learn about the different housing options below:

Residence Halls

Academic Year

Conditionally admitted students may apply to live in the residence halls.  Space is limited so apply early.  For residence hall information during the academic year (fall and spring), contact Residence Life Housing Assignment Services at housing@life.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-6501.

Summer

For information about summer availability, contact Alissa Zimmerman in Conference Housing at zimmerman@life.arizona.edu.

http://www.life.arizona.edu/More information in the Residence Life website 

Apartments

  • Before moving in, the tenant must arrange with the utility company to turn on the gas and or the electricity. There is an installation fee for this service.
  • Many owners also require a cleaning deposit which is refunded only if the premises are clean and undamaged when the tenant leaves
  • Owners of rental properties often require advance payment of two months' rent to cover the first and last months' rent
  • The University of Arizona, Office of Off-Campus Housing provides information about available apartments, finding an apartment, or finding a roommate
  • Available apartments within walking distance of the campus are limited, so availability of transportation is an important consideration. If students do not have cars or do not plan to ride a bicycle, it is a good idea to look for apartments on direct bus routes
  • The monthly cost is different depending on some aspects such as where you live, the length of the lease, type of apartment, number of tenants, type of furniture, the utilities covered, and other considerations

Roommate Matching Apartments

These furnished apartments are near the university, within walking distance, easy bike ride, or on a city bus direct route to the university. There are 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments with a shared living area and full kitchen. Each student signs a separate contract. Each student has his/her own bedroom and may have their own bathroom but will share the bathroom with no more than one other person. Sahara Apartments below will sign short-term leases for CESL students; move-in costs are minimized and in most cases utilities are already in service.

We suggest that students who plan to study at CESL only 2 or 4 months should consider roommate-matching options. Also, students who plan to stay in Tucson longer can stay in the roommate-matching apartments for a short time until they have a chance to see other apartments and make friends who might want to share an apartment. Students can usually move into these apartments on the same or next day after arrival.

Homestay

Even though we do not endorse any particular company, the following company offers students homestays with local families.

Homestay Ovecs Ltd.

Website
Email: homestay@ovecs.com
Fax: 480-633-8193
Tel: 480-633-8191
Gilbert, AZ 85234
625 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 202

Hotels near the University of Arizona

Many students will initially stay in a hotel until they choose where they will live.

Best Western A Royal Sun Inn
1015 N. Stone Ave.
(520) 622-8871
http://www.bestwestern.com

Aloft Tucson University
1900 E Speedway
(520) 908-6800
http://www.alofttucsonuniversity.com/

Tucson University Park Hotel
880 E. Second Street
(520) 792-4100
http://www.tucsonuniversityhotel.com/

Sahara Apartments
919 N Stone Ave.
(520) 622-4102
https://saharaapartments.com/ 

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