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Sonora, CA 95370
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Smart Money: Students Save Big With Community College

Everyone knows community college tuition costs less than four-year colleges and universities. Community college tuition in California is cheaper by a country mile, for sure. While huge, college tuition savings are just the beginning of the money-saving good news. Housing costs, food costs, and parking costs all need to be factored in, as well, and those really add up.

Maximizing the financial benefit of community college with a full on-campus experience by attending a college such as Columbia College in Sonora, California is even smarter money. Independently owned and operated by California Student Housing, on-campus living there saves students on costs associated with parking and rent over comparable housing costs at a 4-year college. Costs of eating can be even more dramatically reduced as each unit has its own kitchen. Preparing homemade meals can be as much as 75% cheaper than eating out. And it’s never too soon for college students to learn meal planning and how to budget for groceries.

Combined with financial benefits of transfer agreements between community colleges, UCs and CSUs, students find that all the additional benefits of on-campus living at community college is where the smart money is.

Smart Money..

  • Tuition: Save an average of $500+, per unit

  • Tuition savings of $2100-$4500 per year

  • Save on parking $200-$2000

  • Save big on meal costs

  • Save up to $7000 for on-campus housing

Even Smarter..

  • Transfer Admission Guarantee with UCs

  • Associate Degree Transfer with CSUs

  • CalGrants

  • Get creative and save even more by sharing on entertainment and food costs

Students weighing their options are looking to California community colleges now more than ever. Student housing on campus can be a financially wise option that helps them find their way academically, interpersonally, emotionally, and socially.

California Student Housing, on the beautiful campus of Columbia College in historic Sonora, California – the very heart of Gold Country –  considers it a privilege to help serve students find their way here.

Apply for housing here.

California Student Housing At-A-Glance

  • Complete kitchens in each apartment
    • Four 3-story apartment buildings
    • Forty-eight 750 sq. ft. apartments
    • Parking on premise – walk to class
    • On-premise laundry facilities
    • On-premise recreational facilities
    • On-premise study areas
  • Located on campus
  • Centrally located 2 hours from Sacramento, 2.5 hours from the SF Bay Area
  • Ideal for students seeking a vocational degree to have the full college experience


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