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Housing, Food & Transportation

Housing

Since one of the key goals of SOMA is launching more and more missional discipleship communities, the community dimension of the school is essential. Students will be immersed in relationships in various contexts during the 9-months, and we have made some options for affordable shared community type housing available to SOMA students.  While students will determine their own final housing arrangements, SOMA will provide affordable community housing options such as separate male and female student rental units and host-families that are part of Woodland’s Hills’ Sojourners Community.

The housing suggestions are as follows:

SOMA community housing

There are separate men’s and women’s houses.

  • Women’s rental housing: shared 3-bedroom duplex unit with 1-2 person rooms in a suburban area.
  • Men’s rental housing: private, shared 1-2 person rooms in an Airbnb house with shared bath, kitchen, dining and living areas.

Community houses provide a shared bedroom with bunk beds for two, shared bathroom, kitchen privileges for cooking, and laundry privileges. Reduced rental costs are made possible in both community houses in exchange for students helping out with certain household and grounds responsibilities. Students will abide by house-specific rules and guidelines as determined by both Aspen-SOMA and the property owners.

Host Homes

Sojourners Community members will host a student for the 9 months. Hosts will provide a private bedroom, shared bathroom, kitchen privileges for cooking, and laundry privileges. Hosts will also provide support, prayer and guidance as needed to students. All students will abide by house-specific rules and guidelines as determined by both Aspen-SOMA and the host family.

At Home

While communal housing is recommended, students who wish may live at home or find other housing options as they choose.

Food

SOMA community housing

Students will be charged a rental fee which covers their food and will receive a food allotment back from SOMA to cover breakfasts and dinners M-F and weekend meals. Students will be on their own to purchase and prepare food. Lunches during weekdays will be provided by the SOMA and shared together with students and faculty. Students in community housing are encouraged to pool together their food allotment and to work collectively as a “family” in meal planning, shopping and preparation.

Host homes

Hosts will provide students with access to food and kitchen facilities for breakfasts and dinners Monday-Friday, and for three meals on weekends. Students may eat with their host families or be on their own in preparing some or most of their meals. Lunches during weekdays will be provided by the SOMA and shared together with students and faculty. Hosts will receive a modest stipend to help cover some of the costs of student food and utilities.

Transportation

Students with cars may bring their car with them if they choose. Having a car in not required, but due to the travel involved in daily classes and weekly program requirements, having a car will be an advantage. Students who have a car may be asked to help provide transportation for other students and will be reimbursed for fuel accordingly. Students without cars who need to use public transportation to get to and from required program activities will be given a monthly transit allotment or be reimbursed on an as-needed basis.

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