Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to your housing questions

See answers below to some of the most commonly asked questions about Student Housing at FIDM. For additional information and assistance, please call the housing contact for each campus.

How do I apply for FIDM Student Housing?
The best way to apply is via the FIDM Portal online application. Or, print out and complete the Housing Application Form PDF and fax the documents with the payment information to the FIDM Student Housing Office.
How much does FIDM Student Housing cost?
Quarterly (10 weeks) housing fees are currently $3000* for a shared bedroom, plus an initial Placement Fee of $300. For a private room, the current cost is $6000*, plus the $300 initial Placement Fee. Therefore, the total cost to reserve a space in FIDM Student Housing for the first quarter is either $3300 for a shared bedroom or $6300 for a private room. (*subject to change annually)
Can I send the $300 placement fee and send the rest later?
A reservation cannot be confirmed unless ALL fees are paid at one time.
What does the cost of FIDM Student Housing include?
Quarterly housing fees include: rent, basic cable, furniture, utilities, and internet access. (Food, phone, and parking are not included.)
What are the options for payment?
Cashiers checks, money orders, wire transfers, or credit cards are accepted (Discover, Visa, MasterCard, American Express). No personal checks please.
Can I use Financial Aid to cover FIDM Housing?
Yes, but not for the first quarter. Your financial aid disbursement is available AFTER the start of each new quarter. Housing fees must be paid in full PRIOR to each quarter you desire to live in FIDM Housing. Therefore, your first housing payment should be considered an "out of pocket" expense, due to this payment/ disbursement schedule. Once your payment is complete, your space is guaranteed. Please consult a Financial Aid Officer regarding the specifics to plan ahead appropriately.
When is the deadline date to cancel housing and receive a refund for the Housing fees?
Housing fees are neither refundable nor transferable provided that if, prior to matriculation the student determines not to attend FIDM, he/she may send a letter to FIDM requesting a refund of housing fees already paid. The FIDM Student Housing Office must receive said letter at least 30 days prior to the FIDM official check-in date. If such a letter is received by the appropriate deadline, a refund, less the $300.00 placement fee, will be made to the student.
Can I choose the property where I want to live?
As a first-time or “initial” applicant, you cannot request a specific property (i.e. Medici, Metropolitan, Park La Brea), but you can request which area you would like to live in (i.e. downtown, mid-city). Please understand that FIDM has to have the flexibility to assign spaces according to availability for the first quarter. In the following quarter, as a housing “renewal” applicant, you ARE able to request a specific property.
Are area and/or roommate requests guaranteed?
Although it is not guaranteed, it is always FIDM's goal to meet the student's request(s).
When will I be notified of my property/roommate assignment?
Assignment letters are e-mailed to students 3 weeks prior to the check-in date. Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, exact addresses and roommate assignments are given at check-in and not any earlier.
What is included inside the unit?
•  General utilities, cable, and internet access
•  Living Room: sofa, chair, coffee table, end table, lamp, TV and TV stand
•  Dining Room: dining table with four chairs
•  Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher
•  Bedrooms: two standard-length twin beds, night-stands, and lamps; one chest or dresser; one desk with chair

Laundry facilities are either on the property or are located inside the unit.
What do I need to bring?
Since our properties are located near various shopping centers, many items that could be shared can be purchased after arrival, such as kitchen items, cleaning supplies, etc. If you prefer to prepare before your arrival, suggested essential items are listed below:

•  Bedroom: Linens for a regular twin-sized bed, pillow, blanket(s)
•  Kitchen: Personal dishes/glassware, utensils, pots and pans
•  Bathroom: Wash cloths, towels, personal items
•  Miscellaneous: Hangers, iron, alarm clock
•  Optional: Computer, computer lock, wireless router, stereo, vacuum cleaner

For a more specific list, see the "What to Bring" list (downloadable PDF) or the "Move-in" list located in the back of the Parent Orientation Guide.
Can I have my items shipped before I arrive?
You must coordinate your packages to arrive AFTER you have arrived! The apartment managers will not accept packages before you move in.
Is parking included in the Housing fees?
Parking is not included in your Housing fees. FIDM has a limited number of parking spaces on each property. At Park La Brea and the Medici, spaces are distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis according to when the completed Housing application was received by FIDM. Students will be notified at check in if they have received a parking space assigned to them by FIDM. At the Metropolitan, pending availability, students can pay $250 per quarter as a new resident, and $300 per quarter as a renewing resident, to purchase a parking permit. All inquiries and payments for permits will be made through the FIDM Housing Office.

If you are not a recipient of free parking on the property you will be given a list of additional parking options available in the surrounding areas. Please budget $75 - $225 a month for parking.
Once in Housing, am I able to remain in the same unit and with the same roommates?
FIDM's goal is to keep all students in their same units and with the same roommates, if no request to change has been made. Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, it may not be possible for a student to remain in the same unit/building each quarter.
When should I fly back home?
Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, it is best to purchase plane tickets AFTER the TRANSFER DATE, if you are planning to stay in FIDM Student Housing the next quarter. Otherwise, if you are transferred to another unit and cannot be there on the transfer date to move, please be prepared. It will be your responsibility.
Whom do I contact if I am unable to check-in during the scheduled move-in date & time?
You may move in later but not earlier. All late arrivals are required to make prior arrangements with Sonia Garza at 800.624.1200 ext.5624 or sgarza@fidm.edu.
When do I need to renew for future quarters?
  • SUMMER 2014 - May 15, 2014
  • FALL 2014 - August 15, 2014
  • WINTER 2015 - November 15, 2014
  • SPRING 2015 - February 15, 2015
Late renewals automatically forfeit their space.

A late renewal is considered for placement ONLY after everyone else has been assigned.
What is the floor plan of the unit?
Floor plans vary depending on the building.
What are the amenities at the apartment buildings?
Amenities vary from pools, spas, saunas, and gyms to jogging paths and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts.
How early do I need to apply for housing?
Early reservations are recommended. Space is not reserved until all application forms and total fees are received and confirmed by the Student Housing Office.
Are there Resident Advisors?
Yes, Resident Advisors live on FIDM Student Housing properties. Advisors are there to help students with emergencies and concerns, and to assist in making the FIDM experience enjoyable and successful. Activities are planned by the Resident Advisors for those residing in FIDM Student Housing.
Why is it required that I sign a contract with FIDM when I move in?
Signed Housing Contracts with FIDM are required from students in order to ensure the comfort and security of living in a community situation. Adherence to all contracts and housing deadlines are strictly enforced.