Housing and Dining
There is a full range of housing available for Caltech graduate students, from apartments to single family homes. The Catalina Apartments, located on the northwest end of campus, are the center of Caltech's graduate resident community. The Catalina Apartments house single and partnered graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines and cultures giving them the opportunity to interact within a beautiful residential setting. The complex offers accommodation to 450 residents. All apartments feature a private patio or balcony, carpets and window coverings, furnished bedrooms and living rooms, central air conditioning and heating. Each kitchen is equipped with a range and oven, double sink, wood cabinets, refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven and garbage disposal. Amenities at the Catalinas include: laundry rooms on site with card-operated washers and dryers; recreation centers; water and trash service paid for by Caltech. Residents supply their own bed linens, towels and kitchen utensils. In addition, residents pay their own gas, electricity and internet, billed through their Caltech Bursar account. Telephone and cable television are set up and paid privately by the resident.
Housing maintenance service is available weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Emergency services are handled through Central Plant on weekends and after hours.
Students may not bring pets to campus.
Caltech does not insure the personal property of students. Students keeping personal property in their rooms do so at their own risk and are responsible for the safekeeping of their property. For those who wish to be insured for fire and theft, the Housing Office can provide information.
The Athenaeum - For a small monthly fee, graduate students have the privilege of joining the Athenaeum (faculty club) where you can enjoy a more formal option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out the menus.
Avery Ramen - The kitchen at Avery serves ramen Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 1:00pm to Caltech ID card holders.
Broad Café - Broad is open Monday to Friday, 7:45am to 2:30pm for breakfast, lunch and all day coffee.
Lee F. Browne Dining Hall - The cafeteria has several stations with a variety of dining choices, including: a deli, grill, Mongolian, pizza, salad bar, and more... The cafeteria is open Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 10:30am for Breakfast, 11:00am to 3:30pm for Lunch, and 5:30pm to 8:00pm for Dinner. It's also open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Red Door Marketplace - Located in the Hameetman Center, the Red Door offers lunch and dinner items, as well as coffee, tea and baked goods.
Vending machines are located around campus. For a list of the available locations and menus for the various dining locations, see Dining - Where to Eat.
There are also a number of restaurants near the Caltech campus, which students quickly get to know.