Student Life Policies

Campus Habitation Policy

Students are not permitted to live in non-residential areas of campus, including, but not limited to, lobbies, hallways, classrooms, practice rooms, cubicles, studios, offices, galleries, labs, restrooms, open outdoor spaces, and parking lots. 

CalArts is located in a dry, high fire hazard area and must be vigilant about preventing potentially devastating loss of property and life. In addition, CalArts must comply with local zoning codes, which do not permit habitation in spaces zoned for work only.

Violations of this policy will be reported to Campus Safety, Student Experience and the student's School dean. Violations of this policy may result in the loss of a practice room, cubicle, or studio assignment on a temporary or permanent basis, and/or educational outcomes (sanctions) as outlined in the Student Handbook, as determined by the Vice President for Student Experience in consultation with the student's School dean.

Recognizing that students might attempt to live in unauthorized campus areas for a variety of reasons, a meeting with the Vice President for Student Experience will be required when alleged violations occur so that the student's relevant personal situation (e.g., financial, living) can be discussed and, if appropriate, remedied or supported with additional resources and/or referrals.

Furniture in studios, practice spaces and cubicles
Studios, practice spaces, cubicles and other areas assigned to students for creative practice may not contain beds, futons, couches, stuffed furniture, sleeping bags or bedding, or any other furniture or objects that may be construed as indicating that the occupant is living in the space. Chairs are permitted on the condition that they include a California Fire Code "Technical Bulletin 117" tag. The tag must have been attached to the furniture when it was manufactured. No exceptions.

Appliances in studios, practice spaces and cubicles
Not permitted: Full-size refrigerators and hot plates.
Permitted: Half refrigerators and dorm refrigerators may be used. Microwaves, coffee pots, crockpots, and space heaters may be used as long as they are UL rated.

Prohibited in studios, practice spaces and cubicles

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes
  • Hookahs
  • Halogen light bulbs and lamps
  • Plug-in Air Fresheners
  • Spray Paint
  • Electrical daisy-chains (multiple connected power strips and extension cords)
  • Multiple extension cords
  • Electrical tap-ins and modifications

Practices Prohibited by Federal Law
Vandalizing, removing, or misusing any fire safety equipment
(including exit signs, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms)

Policy Category:
Revised Date:
Sep 2014