When Orange Coast College started construction on its $89 million on-campus housing, officials said part of the intention was to target low income students, veterans and homeless students.
Administrators for The Harbour, due to open for the fall semester, announced pricing for the housing after opening the registration process. Much to the dismay of students, prices ranged from $995 to $2,050 — per student — per month.
The Coast Report Editorial Board commends Orange Coast College for attempting to solve such a large issue in not only Orange County, but the entire country, however we agree that the attempt has fallen short.
All the more than 300 units at The Harbour will include a full-size kitchen and utilities will be included, however not included in the monthly cost is food. Currently there are no plans for a dining hall attached to the building.
Another concern The Coast Report Editorial Board has is the lack of parking. According to the proposal, The Harbour plans to have over 800 beds, but only around 600 private parking spaces.
Just 30 minutes down the road, at Cal State Fullerton, on-campus housing is a furnished single apartment that rents for around $1,600 per month — and includes 80 meals.
Located just across the street from the Adams Avenue Parking Lot and the construction site for The Harbour are the Camden apartments. For a one bedroom and bathroom apartment, prices average at about $1,900 per month.
However at the Camden apartments, there are more amenities for the price, including a pool and 24-hour fitness center.
The Coast Report Editorial Board questions Orange Coast College for advertising affordable housing with priority to those lower income students, yet the prices don’t reflect that approach. We wonder if the housing is really intended for international students and others able to afford typical Orange County prices.