Furniture, Household Goods, and Utilities
When looking for a home, be sure to budget for the cost of furniture, household goods, and utilities
Caltech Marketplace is a platform where Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) members only post advertisements and receive information about rental accommodation and items for sale such as car, furniture, and household. To sign up, you need to have 'email@example.com' email address. However, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and write in the Subject: "Help: International Relocation". Expect about 1-2 weeks before the enrollment is finalized.
Several stores near campus and online vendors sell furniture and household goods at relatively affordable prices.
Brand New Items
Most of these shops also sell online. Most of the time, there is a Sales or Clearance section on their website where you can purchase items at a discounted prices.
Cost Plus World Market • 3655 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Crate and Barrel • 75 W. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Home Goods • 3803 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena
IKEA • 600 N. San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank
Marshalls • 3855 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena
Pottery Barn • 1 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Target • 777 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena (walking distance from Caltech)
TJ Maxx • 455 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena (walking distance from Caltech)
Wholesale and Outlets
Costco • 2207 West Commonwealth Avenue, Alhambra
Crate and Barrel outlet • 1785 Fourth Street, Los Angeles
Thrift Stores and Online Second Hand
ACTS Thrift Shop • 1311 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena
Craigslist • Search under "For Sale," select "Furniture"
Goodwill • 340 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena
Facebook "Buy Nothing" • Search by zip code and request to join the group
Huntington Collection • 766 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena
Salvation Army • 56 W. Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena
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Treasure Fair Thrift Shop
Full Circle Thrift
Flea Markets in Pasadena
Pasadena City College flea market
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Yard Sales, Garage Sales and Estate Sales
On weekends, people sell their used clothing, furniture, toys and household items from their own yards or garages.
Craigslist (search under "For Sale," select "Garage Sale")
Electricity, Gas, Water
Utilities usually include water, electricity, gas, and trash collection. Occasionally, utilities may also include home phone (land line), and cable/internet.
For graduate students in campus housing, utilities are explained by Institute Housing.
If you are renting an apartment or a house off campus, full or partial payment of utilities is often required by the property owner or manager. You may need to establish your own utility services for the house or apartment. If you buy a home or an apartment that has a Home Owners Association (HOA), the HOA monthly fee may pay for some utilities.
The City of Pasadena provides a list of utility providers. Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) provides water and electricity in Pasadena. Southern California Edison provides electricity and The Gas Company provides gas service in Southern California.
Conversions and Equivalences
Measurements. The United States uses the English measurement system in daily life. Use Math Connect to convert from metric to English measurements.
Temperature. Temperature is expressed in Fahrenheit. To convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, use the Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter.
Money and Currency. A currency calculator is available on x-rates.com.
Clothes and Shoe Sizes. Clothes and shoe are available on Online Conversion.com.
Power. United States uses 110 volts.
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