Having a beach front house in Newport Beach does not seem like a reality for many students in the United States. However, this is very common for students that go to UC Irvine! Living in Newport Beach is actually extremely common, and might even be a more popular option than living on campus. Keep reading to find out what are the pros and cons of living in Newport Beach as a UCI student.

1. Pro: You are very close to restaurants and bars

Living in Newport is nice because you are very close to restaurants and bars. This means that you won’t need to drive or take an Uber/Lyft to your destination, which can save you time and money! There are many different places to eat and explore, so throughout the year it is a good idea to pick a new place to go to each weekend. Newport Beach is also relatively close to Laguna Beach, so you can explore the cafes and restaurants in Laguna as well!


2. Con: It is hard to find parking

It is hard to find parking on the street in Newport. If you have a permeant residential parking space, then you won’t have to worry about street parking. However, most of the beach houses come with only one or two parking spots. Since the majority of houses have about four to five students living in them, housemates usually rotate between the residential parking space and street parking. Be sure to have great parallel parking skills, because you will definitely need it!


3. Pro: You are right next to the beach

It is one of the best feelings to be able to wake up and see the ocean. On warm days, you can walk over to the beach and not have to deal with the hassle of bringing all your things or finding a parking spot. You can do homework at the beach, or even just sit out during sunset. Having the beach right next to you opens the door to endless activities!

4. Con: You have to wake up early to get to school

If you live in Newport Beach, you have to wake up a little earlier to get to school. There is usually morning traffic on the freeways since everyone is rushing to get to work. Therefore, you might need to leave 15 minutes or 20 minutes earlier than you would if you lived on campus in Irvine. Of course, this doesn’t seem like a huge deal to students because waking up earlier is worth it to live right next to the beach.


5. Pro: You are in the heart of UCI’s party scene

The majority of UCI’s parties are held off campus, in Newport Beach. With that being said, you are in the heart of UCI’s party scene. This is great for people who enjoy going to parties and want the option of going out almost every night. However, this isn’t the best scene for people who need their quiet time to study and be productive. Regardless, living in Newport Beach is very fun!


6. Con: It can be hard to concentrate on your studies

It can be hard to concentrate on your studies if you live in Newport Beach. This is because you are right next to the ocean, bars, parties, and fun restaurants. If you are someone who gets easily distracted, then it might be best if you live in Irvine or on campus. Many students tend to stay on campus as long as they need to in order to get their homework and studying done, and then drive home to Newport later in the day.


Living in Newport Beach definitely has its pros and cons. It is the most amazing feeling being able to wake up in front of the beach. However, finding parking spots and getting parking tickets can be a little irritating. Living in Newport Beach a UCI student is a very common thing to do, so finding roommates to live with shouldn’t be a problem. If you decide to live in Newport Beach, be sure to not take it for granted. It is a beautiful place to live as a student!


Ari Zaed

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