Are You Ready To Move In?

Welcome to Kapi Residences! We’re here to help make sure that your move-in goes smoothly so you get to settling down in your new apartment as soon as possible!


Kapi Residences Move In

Step 1: Taking Care of Logistics

There’s some business you gotta take care of before we can hand you the keys to your apartment, but don’t worry, it’ll be pretty quick! We just need to do it to make sure we can take care of you and make sure that there won’t be any problems with your move-in. First, notify the Kapi Community Housing Office of the date and time that you are planning to move in so that there will be someone there to greet you and give you your keys and a tour of your new place! If you could give a heads up to the office about 10-20 minutes before you arrive at Kapi, that will be greatly appreciated, so please make sure to give us a call when you’re close! Last, but not least, make sure you completed your payments before moving in so there won’t be any complications!

Step 2: Meet and Greet!

When you arrive, be on the lookout for someone wearing a Kapi T-shirt! They’ll be the ones who will help you with moving in, so say hello! We won’t bite! Also, don’t forget to take a look at your welcome package! It’s got tons of helpful information about Kapi, your community, and neighborhood!

Step 3: Be our guest!

After all that is taken care of, we’ll show you around to your apartment and to your bedroom! If you have any questions about your apartment, it would be a really good time to ask while we’re giving you the grand tour (though if you have any other questions, we’re always just a phone call away). We’ll also give you a tour around the community so you can check out the amenities like the gym, pool, and study rooms you’ll have access to. Don’t be shy and let us know if you need some help with your luggage too! We’ll be happy to lend a hand and help you move in!

Step 4: Home Sweet Home!

When you’re finished with moving in, don’t forget to pop by and say hello to your roommates! Introduce yourself and do some roommate bonding once you’re finished unpacking!

Don’t forget! If you need help with anything, just come down to the community housing office or give us a call at (949) 336-3537! We’re always happy to lend a helping hand, so don’t be a stranger!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

4 Simple Ways to De-Clutter

Can’t find that one pen on your pencil case? Do you keep losing things in the trunk of your car? No worries! Put these tips to use and free up some space for yourself and your things!

Loose Change?

If it seems that you’re finding loose change everywhere in your car, bedroom, living space, etc, now is probably the time to invest in a little bank container or a small tin of mints. Place a piggy bank (tbh there’s a lot of cute money containers you can choose from) on your desk or drawer and make a habit of putting the loose change you find in them. It’ll rack up really fast! If you happen to find a lot of loose change in your car, put it in an empty mint tin and keep that stored in your storage compartment! It’ll keep your car nice and tidy and you’ll know where your loose change is when you need it!


For Your Drawers

Make life easier with a drawer organizer that keeps your socks, shirts, and etc organize. You won’t have to sift through a pile of clothes to find that one thing anymore. Just roll up your

garments and organize by color, brand, etc!


Junk In The Trunk?

If your car doesn’t have a built in trunk organizer or an storage net, that’s fine! You can get one yourself for pretty cheap and it’ll keep your stuff in one place when you come back from a heavy round of grocery shopping (or any kind of shopping really). For those of you who really don’t want to spend anything, a big ol’ box (like the kind you get from Costco) will do just fine!


For Your Shower and Bathroom

Got tons and tons of bottles and soaps cluttering your bathtub and sink? Do they leave gross residue and marks on your bathtub and sink after a while? If so, you should get a hanging shower caddy/shelf organizer for all your shampoos, conditioners, body wash, lotions and etc. Not only will it make your bathroom easier to clean, but you won’t have to deal with wrangling up your soaps and lotions anymore! Not tripping over your soaps will make your self-care routine a lot easier!

The little differences from having a tidier space will make life a bit more easier for you! But there’s nothing wrong with having a space that’s more lived in if it that’s what makes life easier! Each to their own, right?

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

How To: Keep A Plant Alive At Your College Housing

If you want something green in your apartment, but you’re not sure what you want or what you’re capable of taking care of, no worries! Here’s a handy guide to getting a leafy friend for your Kapi apartment!

How much light do you get?

Most plants species you find at the market or gardening center require some kind of natural light to grow, so it’s not realistic for you to expect even a low maintenance plant to grow in a dark room. If you have a space with decent lighting (you keep open your blinds/curtains during the day), you can provide a nice, cool area for a pretty snake plant (decent growth) or rubber plant (can get tall). If you get more than the normal of amount of lighting in your apartment or you just want to grow something on your terrace, you can get a succulent/cactus or chinese money plant if you want something small, or an umbrella plant (if you want something a little bigger).


What fits your aesthetic?

If you picked out plants for your apartment before, chances are that you picked them out because they fit with your decor scheme. Unfortunately, that cute little succulent you got from the supermarket didn’t do so well in a space with minimal lighting. That’s alright though! There are dozens of plants out there that will fit your style. Want something beachy, but doesn’t need direct sunlight? Why not get a small areca palm plant? How about a classic boston fern or spider plant? They’re cute and easy to take care of! You can look online for dozen of other suitable apartment plants that will look good in your Kapi Apartment!


It’s a little dark, but I still want a plant!

Succulents are, unfortunately, not an option if you want to keep a plant in a shadier space. A lot of people think that because they are low maintenance, you can water them at least once a week and they’ll be fine, which is true. They just need a lot of sunlight to grow. So if you have a shady space and want to put a leafy friend there, why not get a ZZ (Zanzibar) plant that can tolerate low light and is super easy to care for! If you want something more luscious and leafy, get a pothos plant or a cast iron! They’re also super easy to care for and will brighten up your place!


Extra tips for maintaining a houseplant:

  • If plant leaves have burnt tips: move it out of the direct sunlight
  • If plant leaves are getting thin or losing their color: give it some more water
  • If plant growth has stagnated: give it more light
  • If plant collapses when soil is moist: give it less water

Take care of your leafy buddy! They’ll do their own thing, but when they need it, a little extra love from you can go a long way!  You can also split plant responsibilities with your roommates and make it easier!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

How To: Be Environmentally Friendly On A Student Budget

If you’re becoming aware of how your living habits have an effect on the environment and you want to do something about it, cool! Here are some small changes you can make to your daily routine to become more environment-friendly!

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Invest in a water bottle or water filter

Instead of buying plastic water bottles and recycling them after one use, why not invest in a stainless-steel water bottle or a Brita filter? Not only is it more cost-efficient (you don’t have to keep buying crates of water), but it’s a lot better for the environment and a good source of clean water for yourself. You can find Brita filters (or similar brands) at almost any department store. Just make sure that if you’re also buying a metal water bottle that you check what it’s made of. Stainless-steel is the way to go. It’s easier to clean and unlike aluminum, it lasts longer and cause any health problems down the line.

Use Less Paper

In this day and age, your computer is your go-to for everything. News, homework, instant communication, it’s all at your fingertips. That’s why if you can help it, try not to rely on paper products that often. But if you need your handwritten notes, that’s alright too. Just make sure you recycle the paper that you’re done with. According to a study, 40% of municipal waste is paper and paper products, so recycle your paper. It saves trees and legit, it takes less effort and resources to make paper from recycled materials than from scratch.

Invest In A Canvas Grocery Bag (if you haven’t yet)

With California banning plastic single-use bags in stores, almost everyone has found some other way to carry their groceries. People have repurposed cardboard boxes, containers, etc, but the most efficient way to contain your groceries is to just get a canvas bag. You don’t need to keep paying 10 cents for a bag every time you go grocery shopping when you have a canvas tote you can keep reusing!

Unplug Your Appliances

Just because your appliances are off doesn’t mean that they’re not using energy. If you have something that you don’t use often (a blender, toaster, etc), but keep plugged into your outlet, it’s going to consume energy. So for the sake of the environment, unplug the appliances that you don’t use often.

Eat Less Meat and Dairy Products

Believe it or not, but eating less meat is really great for the environment. This is not advising you to stop eating meat completely and if you are already vegetarian or vegan, that’s awesome!  But if everyone could just cut back a little, the amount of natural resources and land dedicated to raising livestock could, possibly and eventually, be reduced through less demand for meat and dairy products. There are plenty of delicious recipes that don’t use dairy or meat products. You just gotta look them up. Or consider substituting certain dairy products with non-dairy products and meats with seafood!

Shower Smart!

You’ve heard it before! Take shorter showers! No one is going to be there to shame you for your 20 minute showers, but on principle, if you take longer showers, you’re wasting more water and your utility bill will be higher on average. At the very least, turn off the water when you don’t need it, like when you’re lathering yourself. This also applies to if and when you leave the water on while you’re brushing your teeth. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make changes to how you use your water, but you’ll see a big difference if you do!

You’re doing great! It may be difficult at first to make changes to your habits, but if you’ve taken some (or all of these) recommendations into consideration, you’ve already done the hardest part! It might not be much in your eyes, but a little bit of change can go a long way in helping out the environment, so keep it up! You got this!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

6 Things You Can’t Miss While Living At Kapi This Summer

Looking for something fun to do for this summer at Kapi? After work, after class, or during the weekends, there’s always something fun to do! There’s nothing than a staycation vacation!


Make Something Delicious

Kapi Residences Kitchen

It can be tempting to just order out, especially when it’s hot and you just don’t feel going out to rustle up some food yourself. But just this once, maybe don’t, especially if you’ve been ordering out for a while now. :p If there’s a food you’ve been craving, you could try to DIY your food. After all, you got a fully furnished kitchen at your disposal. And if you’re worried that you can’t do it by yourself, invite your friends over and ask them to help out. Just don’t forget to share the goods when you’re done!

Binge On Your Shows

Kapi Residences Entertainment

There has to be that one show that’s been burning a hole in your ‘to watch’ list. That one show that you’ve been putting off the entire year because you know that if you start it, you won’t be able to control yourself at just one episode. This is your reminder to go, make yourself comfy in your Kapi Apartment . . . get the snacks and just lose yourself in the adventure.

Wake Up Fancy

Kapi Residences Terrace

Picture this: You woke up feeling like you got the sleep you needed. Now, you feel like making a nice breakfast for yourself. Some cereal or eggs and bacon if you have it. Avocado toast if you’re feeling it. Maybe an omelet if you want a challenge in the early morning. You plate your food and head over to the terrace. It’s nice and refreshing. The view from your terrace is pretty and you feel relaxed and ready to get on with your day after you finish your breakfast.

Get Fit

Kapi Residences Gym

Kapi Residences has a great community gym! If you want a good workout without going far, just head down to your Kapi community gym and work out those muscles. Get Strong!

Pool Party!

Kapi Residences Pool

Gather up your friends! Gather up your neighbors and whoever else you can find! It’s hot, so why would you want to stay cooped in your room all day when you could be splashing around in some cool water. Make sure you got that aux cord so you can pump up the crew with some jams! And if you want take it to the next level, go grab some food from your nearby supermarket and make it a #Kapi BBQ pool party!

Check Out Your Surroundings

Kapi Residences Outdoor

Now’s a pretty good time to check out the neighborhood shops and local sights near your Kapi Residence if you haven’t before. There’s usually some kind of local event happening in the summer, so if you want to do something, you should check your city’s website to see what’s going on. And if you’re more of the low-key type, check out the nearby eateries, shops, and sights in your city. You’ll be surprised by what you find!

No matter what you’re doing this summer, make sure you take some time off for yourself and have some fun! Make your summer memorable when you get together with your friends at Kapi!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien


3 Ways To Make This Summer Tastier

It’s super hot out, like ‘cook an egg out on the sidewalk because you can’ hot. So, what better way to cool off than with a nice glass of lemonade?

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Classic Homemade Lemonade

What can beat a simple glass of homemade lemonade?


12 Lemons (1lb of lemons = 4 lemons)

2 cups of water

1/2 cup of sugar

What to do?

  1. You don’t want grainy lemonade. Nothing spoils a fresh cup of lemonade like a pile undissolved sugar at the bottom. So warm up the water at medium heat and stir in the sugar. When you can’t see any sugar grains at the bottom anymore, you’re good.
  2. For this step, you have to put in some elbow grease and squeeze the juice out of the lemons yourself. Put a strainer over the mouth of the container you’re using to catch the pulp and seeds. Once you’re done, you’ll have some fresh lemon juice. We also recommend getting this $5 lemon press from Amazon to make things easier.
  3. Mix your sugar water and lemon juice together. Add more sugar water or lemon juice to adjust how sweet or tart you want your lemonade to me. Then, just pour over ice and serve.


Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Nothing will quench you better than this refreshing blend of sweetness and tartness.


2 cups of blackberries (fresh or frozen)

2 cups of water

1 cup of sugar

A handful of mint leaves (about 15-20)

2 quarts of store bought lemonade OR Classic Homemade Lemonade

What to do?

  1. Shred up your mint leaves
  2. Warm up the water at medium heat and mix in all your berries and (half or all) your shredded mint leaves. Stir.
  3. If you don’t like the idea of consuming the mint leaves, you can leave them unshredded and remove them whole once you’re done making What you want to do is to heat the berries and stir them until they become a syrupy puree.
  4. Blend the syrupy puree until it is smooth.
  5. Mix it with the lemonade. (For a nice ombre, lemonade first, then syrup).
  6. Serve.

Note: If you don’t like blackberries, you can legitimately replace the blackberries in this recipe with other berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc)


Virgin Raspberry Lemonade Mojito

You can get fancy here with this elegant, yet simple lemonade concoction!


A handful of mint leaves (15-20 leaves)

3 cup of water

½ cup of sparkling water

2 cup of sugar

2 oz of lime juice

1 cup of raspberries

1.5 cups of store bought lemonade OR Classic Homemade Lemonade

What to do?

  1. You are going to make a raspberry syrup using the first half of the Blackberry Mint Lemonade recipe (found above, but don’t add the mint leaves into the syrup mixture)
  2. Make 1 cup of simple syrup by heating up the water in a pan at medium heat and mixing in the sugar. It’s called simple syrup because it’s just a smooth mixture of water and sugar. It’s better than mixing sugar straight into your drink and having it clump at the bottom.
  3. Mix the mint leaves and ice in a tall glass. Use a blunt object to agitate the mint, so you can get more of the flavor once you pour the liquids in.
  4. Mix together your lemonade, sparkling water, lime juice, and 1-3 oz of the simple syrup. You can add more or less simple syrup if you need to adjust the flavor. Pour it in the glass with the your mint leaves and ice already mixed together.
  5. Add in your raspberry syrup.
  6. Garnish with some raspberries and a mint leaf.
  7. Serve.

Now, chill. Sit back and take a sip of some fresh lemonade. It’s refreshing and hopefully, you’ll be refreshed as well! Stay cool out there!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien


How To: Be Energy Efficient During Summer

It’s hot and sunny out and a lot of people have started turning on their electronics to cope with the heat. As you know, that might not be the best thing for the environment, so maybe try to keep cool without using your gadgets. 👍


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Keep Your Place Nice And Breezy

It’s super simple! Open your window! Open all your windows! Let in that gentle breeze and have fresh air circulating through your Kapi apartment! You might not think that letting in a breeze or two will cool you down as much as turning on the A/C or pointing a fan at yourself, but try anyways. If it gets crazy hot in the afternoon and opening all your windows won’t do much, then go on ahead! Turn on your fans and A/C! But when it’s cooler, say like in the evening, you would probably appreciate a gentle breeze more than the oppressive cold of an A/C unit dialed down to 60 degrees.

Cold Air In

If you do turn on your A/C unit, make sure to have all your windows and doors shut to keep in the cold air. Otherwise, you’d just be wasting energy and pushing your A/C unit to its limits to compensate for the lack of cooling in your space.

Natural Light

Unless it’s necessary, you can choose not to turn on all your lights at night. The sun sets later in the day, so you have a good 3-4 hours to let in that natural light into your space. It might not be a lot, but it’ll make a difference in how you’re using your electricity. 👍👍

Drink Lots Of H2O

It may or may not be super hot yet, but it still warmer than what you’re probably used to. Drink more water and/or fluid! It’ll keep you hydrated and cool. And if you’re the type to get headaches because you’re dehydrated, that’s all the more reason you should drink more fluids!

Keep cool, homies! Don’t let the heat beat you! Being energy conscious is still a good way to creating good habits for yourself, so try it out!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

Giving Back To The Community: Super Pet Adoption 2018

What made you decide to volunteer today?

“I love animals. We want to volunteer with the community. It is important to give back to it.” – Claire (2018)

“I miss my pet.” – Momo (2018)

As many of our residents know, Kapi Residences strives to provide high quality housing for students looking for a cool, hip community to live in. We also try to give our residents the opportunity to explore and integrate themselves in their surrounding communities through local service and volunteer events. It provides a different experience to what one would experience at in a lecture hall, school event, research lab, etc. In short, volunteering in the community  offers a unique, enriching, and personal perspective outside of traditional academic settings. To quote one of the lovely residents who was willing to share her thoughts about volunteering with Kapi:

“It is important to give back to our community. There are a lot of international students here who want to explore the community they are living in. It provides a new experience for them since there are not a lot of events like these abroad.” – Claire Henry



Of course, even if you are not an international student, it’s still cool to give back to your community! A lot of the volunteer-based organizations in your communities are looking for help with their respective causes. And as always, you’ll bound to meet some really awesome people who are super enthusiastic about their work and contribute to a good cause . . . which is an experience that Kapi Residences hopes to provide for our residents.

On June 3rd, the Irvine Animal Care Center hosted their 12th annual super pet adoption event! Volunteers from Kapi pitched in at the event and helped to make it a success! While they worked hard in the background to make sure that all the vendors and pet rescue groups could strut their stuff, they also got to enjoy themselves, take pictures, and meet all the cute animals! A majority of the volunteers proudly declared their favorite animals to be dogs (what happened to the cat people? 😂) We sincerely hope they were able to meet all the different animals at the event! 🐶🐱🐘🐹🐰🐦

students playing with dogs

People of all ages turned up to for the fun, the food trucks, and the possibility of going back home with a new family member! There were so many furry, feathery, and scaly critters at the Care Center hoping to find a forever home with a loving hooman. And honestly, there were also some really cool people hyping up their animal buddies and helping them put their best paw forward. Pet rescue groups allowed attendees to get up close and personal with their animal friends in hopes of helping people foster a connection with them. There were also some cute and interesting biographies on display for attendees to read so they could get some insight into how unique and special the personality of each animal is!

This year, approximately 6,200 people visited the event to see the animals and check out the festivities on the side as well. And thanks to the 40+ animal rescue groups who helped and participated in the adoption event, more than 320 furry friends got adopted by some kind and loving hoomans! Last of all, the event raised more than $45,000 to provide healthcare support, food, and other necessities to the animals at the Irvine Animal Center! If you went to go check out the events and pets, then hooray!! I hope you had fun! If not, then there’s always next year! 😀

A big thanks to all our residents who made this PAWssible!

4 Things To Try This Summer

If you’re not too busy with life or you just need a break every now and then, then put on your sunglasses and get that sunblock ready because you’re about to have a good time this summer!


4 things to do this summer

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Road Trip!

Take the scenic route! Road trips are the time to indulge in cheesy wanderlust playlists along the way and stop by quaint roadside diners! You’ll have a lot more fun if you make the trip with a few friends (preferably with at least one friend who is a good navigator). You don’t have to go super far or spend the night in a hotel/motel (maybe just down the coast or somewhere 1 hr away). If you’re just down for a chill summer day trip, just make sure you know where you want to go in order to maximize your travel time!


The Premium Stuff (for foodies)

If you know for sure that you’re going to go all over the place for the summer (for work, leisure, etc . . .), try to find the place that makes the best version of your favorite food. Do you love ice cream? Well, now is your chance to find out which place sells the best (or most unique) ice cream! Or if you are super adventurous, you can (if you can) try a new food place every time you go out to eat! Just make sure you check with yelp to make sure you know you’re getting your money’s worth!


Pick Up Something New

Have you never tried skateboarding before, but you would like to? Do you live close to the beach, but all you’ve ever done was sunbathe? What about that one book you keep telling yourself that you’d read soon, but it’s still sitting on your shelf somewhere? Summer is all about new adventures. If you want to step out of your comfort zone just a tiny bit, try engaging yourself in a new skill or hobby. It’ll be a good refresher for you and make your summer more exciting. Of course, if you’re not really down to go outside in the summer, you should definitely pick up that book or find a new series or game to binge on!


Summer Events

There’s a whole bunch of cool (and free) summer events going on around you! You just gotta pick a city and look up what’s available! Free summer concerts, local community events, and even neighborhood festivities are fair game for whoever wants to go! There’s the 626 Night Market in L.A, the Corgi Beach Day at Huntington Beach, and the U.S. Sand Sculpting Art Expo in San Diego! But no matter what city you are in, there’s always something do! To get the recommendations of what to do this summer, keep posted to our monthly newsletter!

Soak in that sun and let loose! Reality can take a backseat for a bit because you’ve worked hard all year, so treat yourself to a break! You deserve it!  

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien


It’s almost the end of the school year! You’re almost there! You just need to keep your head in the game for a few more weeks and then you’re free!

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Breathing Exercises

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Or just downright crummy? Take a deep breath. Exhale. Take another deep breath. Let it out. Repeat the process, preferably in a more relaxing setting away from your desk and computer.

Eat a snack

Do you have time to cook? When was the last time you ate? If your answers are “I don’t” and “I don’t know”, then you should probably eat something. Sure, chips and coffee are technically considered as “food”, but if you want to feel slightly better while you’re on that grind, maybe wash some fruit or munch on some granola bars. But no one is here to yuck your yum, so just get them eats!


If you don’t really care for meditation, that’s cool. This part isn’t really about sitting on the floor while pretending to be zen and chanting ‘ohm’ over and over (unless you really know how to use traditional meditation to stay zen, then that’s really cool!). Sometimes, you just need a mental break from doing what you are doing and think about nothing. Well, the easiest way to do that is to take a nap. But for those of us who need to stay alert and awake, the second best solution is to just put on your earbuds, sit back, and let the music take you (for 10-15 minutes). You’ll find that you feel less stressed and your thoughts won’t be as jumbled when you get back into your groove. Give it try when you can!

Staying Hydrated

Drink water! You know how the internet says you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day? If you’re always complaining about headaches and dizziness while you’re hard at work, drink some water. Most likely, you are just really dehydrated (but if symptoms persist even when you are hydrated, maybe go see a doctor).


This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien