On behalf of Orange Coast College and the department of Housing & Residential Education (HRE), I would like to welcome you to The Harbour at OCC. We are excited to be one of the first Southern California community colleges to offer on-campus housing for students and look forward to opening our doors to over 800 residents beginning in Fall 2020. HRE and our partners, The Scion Group, are committed to providing opportunities that contribute to student learning and development as well as further enhancing student success and the Pirate experience here at OCC.
Living on-campus is a transformative experience for students! It provides you with many opportunities to engage with the campus and its resources, make significant and life-long connections with peers, and explore your own identity, leadership, and personal values. Through dynamic programs and services HRE will create inclusive living-learning environments that will allow you to make meaning of your college experience and find a true sense of belonging within the diverse OCC community.
What you choose to do in your living, studying, and recreational environment will greatly influence your total academic experience. Studies have shown that students who live on campus have a higher GPA than those that do not, are more involved on campus, and graduate at a higher rate. Take the initiative to get involved, contribute and engage within the residential community. Living in a residence hall community requires considerable cooperation, responsibility, and, above all, respect for others.
If there is any way that I or the HRE staff can assist you as you make the transition to Coast please let me know. Welcome to The Harbour at OCC; welcome home.
Director, Housing & Residential Education
Housing & Residential Education (HRE), in partnership with The Scion Group, serves as an integral component of Orange Coast College's core philosophy by creating inclusive, safe and clean living-learning environments that promote student success. Through the intentional and efficient delivery of programs and services, HRE facilitates student engagement, and collaborates with the campus and the community. HRE maintains secure, sustainable spaces for students in order to promote a sense of belonging, holistic personal development, co-curricular learning, responsible community membership, and academic success within a diverse community.
- We value the social, emotional, intellectual, and ethical development of students.
- We value a community of respect where dignity is practiced and is a shared concern for all living together in community.
- We value the education of student rights and responsibilities.
- We value initiatives and efforts that create an environmentally sustainable community.
We value safe, clean, and well-maintained living facilities.
- We value diversity, inclusion, and equity, and embracing campus ideals.
- We value the engagement, involvement, and the spirit of fostering a sense of belonging for all students.
Fall 2020 Announcements
We have some important announcements to share with your regarding the college's plan for on-campus housing beginning Fall 2020:
We regret to inform you that Servitas, the developer of The Harbour at OCC, has notified the college that the scheduled August 21 move-in date must be delayed. Due to construction delays, including a labor strike recently declared by Local 636 Southern California Glaziers Union, The Harbour will unfortunately not be ready for occupancy on the original date. However, we will still welcome residents to campus beginning this fall.
At the moment, the best estimate of the available move-in date is September 25, 2020. The building may be available earlier than this date, in which case The Harbour will offer an earlier move-in without any additional rent owed. The Harbour is still accepting housing applications for fall and, moving forward, Housing Agreements will reflect the adjusted move-in date. Residents would be fully credited on a pro-rated basis to reflect the later available move-in date. For students who signed a Housing agreement prior to June 19, please contact The Harbour staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the options available to you.
Fall Operations & Harbour Community
Despite this delay, The Harbour at Orange Coast College will still be opening for the fall semester and plans to remain open throughout the year. Even as the majority of OCC's courses will be offered through online learning platforms, we believe that there is significant value in being engaged in a living-learning community. The housing staff and the apartment style accommodations will provide a space for students to call home and, more importantly, provide a sense of community for all Pirate residents. College is about finding yourself. It's about forging your own path and gaining a greater sense of who you are. The Harbour is the perfect place to do this as we believe it will be worth the wait. Do you have questions for The Harbour staff? Chat with them here.
There are many advantages to living at The Harbour:
- Health and Safety First – The Harbour will follow current guidance from the Center for Disease Control, as well as state and local health agencies. In addition, The Harbour will implement heightened cleaning protocols for community spaces and operational procedures to provide a residential environment centered on well-being and safety. Additionally, The Harbour will have staff and security on site at all times and OCC Campus Public Safety will regularly patrol the campus to ensure safety for residents in the community.
- Community Engagement – The Harbour encourages safe connections among peers and plans to foster a sense of community among new and continuing OCC students. We want to welcome students as a member of the Pirate family and help create meaningful connections with other students, leaders and campus resources. We want to build an inclusive community that facilitates lifelong friendships, offers support for residents to achieve their educational goals and encourages them to feel a true sense of belonging at OCC.
- Resources for Student Success – The Harbour will provide high-speed Wi-Fi to support online learning and resident connections. Resident Advisors (RA) and Residence Education Coordinators, who live on-site, will be available to mentor residents and connect them to campus resources that offer support both personally and academically. RAs will coordinate a variety of resident events that help educate, inform, and engage residents within and beyond the Harbour community.
- New Collegiate Environment – Focus on your college experience and not on the logistics. At The Harbour, there's no need to bring furniture or set up utilities. It's all brand new and ready for student to be able to settle in, study, relax and enjoy the on-campus experience that offers a student-centered environment and activities.
In light of Covid-19, it is important to highlight that The Harbour accommodations do allow residents to live with other students while maintaining a reasonable distance. The Harbour provides the ability to maintain such distance within an apartment while studying, learning online, preparing meals, cleaning and socializing within an apartment unit. All residents will have their own bedroom/bathroom or share this space with no more than one other person.
As mentioned before, The Harbour is still accepting housing applications for fall. The College and The Harbour team remain excited to welcome future residents to our campus as soon as we are able to do so. To learn more about The Harbour and begin your housing application please visit www.theharbourocc.com.
All newly admitted incoming Housing students must provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases (Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Pertussis and Meningitis) as recommended for colleges and universities by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
In addition, newly admitted Housing students must be screened for Tuberculosis risk by completing the TB Risk Assessment form on the Student Health Portal. Students found to be at high risk for Tuberculosis must provide documentation that they have a negative TB test completed within six months of entry into housing at OCC.
Click here to learn more about the OCC Immunization Requirements, Process and FAQs. The Housing Immunization Forms will be available on the Student Health portal beginning in July and the deadline to submit immunization requirements and health screening for Fall 2020 is October 1, 2020.
Location, Hours & Contact
Watson Hall 110 | During campus closure staff can be contacted at the phone and email below during business hours.
- Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
p: (714) 643-5100