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Student life, studying in San Diego


We want to make sure you feel supported at every step of the way, from your first contact with us to the time you graduate and start your career. Our commitment to excellence is not just in the classroom, but with every aspect of your academic and professional life. We want you to be a successful part of the fast growing international hospitality and tourism industry by joining the world’s premier program of hospitality and management.


There are a wide range of housing options surrounding our campus and learning sites. Depending on the area and the type of housing, costs can vary from $500-$1800 per month depending on the standard of living. 

Choose wisely before committing where to live for your term of study. Rental agreements typically require a month-to-month (most flexible), six-months, or one-year agreement including a 30-day notice to vacate. Be sure to inquire which is suitable for your length of stay and/or budget. Most landlord and/or roommate will require a security deposit, usually 1 month’s rent. 

Here is a useful guide for international students to find housing:

Search for apartments/rooms/sublets here:

• Search a map and type in your neighborhood

• Search neighborhoods by price/safety/location using

Here are some options where previous students have found housing: 

Many students use Anatolia Corporate Housing to find housing options close to the San Diego Campus. Apartments are fully furnished and rent includes furnishing, house wares, and utilities.

Anatolia Corporate Housing San Diego:

Other options:

American Homestay:
Kamo housing:
BLVD 63 Apartments - Students Housing:
Global Housing:
UNO Housing:
Westside Rentals:
Craigslist San Diego:
free apartment search website: Apartment List

Find a room with Spare Room:

The campus is surrounded by an abundance of culture, rich history, gourmet food and great weather all year round. 

Students can let their imaginations sore at Disneyland, take an adventure trip to Universal Studios, ride some of the fastest roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain, or grab a tour at Warner Bros. studios. 

Students can drive to Las Vegas for the glitz and glamour, head up north to San Francisco or catch some of the Pacific Ocean’s best waves on California's most beautiful beaches.

In the winter, you can even drive a couple hours to Big Bear Mountains and snow board for the day.

uniform/dress code 

As young professionals of the luxury hospitality industry, students wear a uniform and are professionally groomed at all times. 

The Vatel uniform is a black suit (pants and jacket for men or skirt and jacket for women) worn with a white blouse and the Vatel tie or bow.

Vatel Uniform order form: 


San Diego has a vast public transportation system. Students can ride the trolley, bus, or even hop on the Pacific Surfliner Train that runs from San Diego to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Car services such as Uber and Lyft are popular sources of transportation as well.

 If you wish to purchase a car, note that a California Driver License  is required after a maximum of 3 months of purchasing the vehicle. 

The California Driver License is fairly easy to get and costs about $50. Contact your nearest DMV and get an appointment to take the written test then you will be able to use your own car to pass the driving test.

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