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What are the housing options? (on- and off-campus, cost, roommate selection, tours)

The housing application process is separate from the university's admission process. Applicants are encouraged to contact the housing office of each campus for campus-specific eligibility requirements.

CSU Bakersfield

On Campus:

  • Community-style living arrangement with single- and double-room occupancy
  • Cost is $5,814.98 for a double-occupancy room and 19-meal package

Off Campus:

  • Apartments are available within walking distance with 1 to 4 bedrooms and rents ranging from approximately $400 to $1,000 per month.

CSU Channel Islands


Freshmen Housing

Santa Rosa Village - NEW Fall 2016!

CI's newest freshman community, located near the South Quad, includes:

  • Double bedrooms
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Quiet study and community room
  • Large community lounge and kitchen

Santa Cruz Village

Santa Cruz Village has two-bedroom suites for four to six students.

Transfer Housing

Anacapa Village

CI's apartment community for upper-division and transfer students includes:

  • Four private or shared bedrooms
  • A full kitchen
  • Common area lounge and kitchen
  • Two full bathrooms


Various off-campus housing options are listed on the following website:


A virtual tour of student housing can be found here:

CSU Chico

University Housing and Food Service is committed to housing first-time freshman and transfer students for the 2011-2012 academic year. While priority will be given to first-time freshmen on a space-available basis in our traditional residence halls, University Housing will provide accommodations for an increasing number of sophomore, International, and transfer students who will be accommodated both at University Village and Sutter Hall. To be considered for university-owned housing, you need to complete the License Application from the link on our website beginning at 6 p.m. PDT on April 12, 2011. University Housing spaces are filled on a date and time priority basis. Given the significant interest in University Housing, it is to your advantage to participate in the University Housing License Application process as soon as it begins on Tuesday April 12, 2011.

On Campus (University-owned housing):

Traditional Residence Halls

  • Cost is $11,204 (room and meal plan) for the 2016-2017 academic year for the traditional on-campus residence halls and includes 180 meals per semester.
  • Most rooms are double-occupancy, with single and triple rooms available in Whitney.
  • All rooms are furnished with an extra long single bed, dresser, desk, and closet space.
  • All rooms have wireless internet connections (with the exception of Lassen & Shasta which have one high speed Ethernet connection per resident).
  • There is a computer lab, game room, and study lounge in each community.

Thematic Living Program

  • Cost is $9,152 (room and minimum meal plan) for the 2016-2017 academic year in Konkow Hall and includes 75 meals per semester.
  • 6 houses with 14 residents in each, sponsored by Honors, Honors/International and Project Math.
  • Most rooms are double-occupancy, with a few singles.
  • All rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, closet space.
  • All rooms have wireless internet connections.
  • Each house has a full kitchen, 2 restrooms, living room, and dining room.
  • There is a computer lab and study lounge, with access to the desk services and game room in the adjacent resident halls.

University Village Apartments

  • Cost is $10,770 single room and $9,152 for a shared room (room and minimum meal plan) for the 2016-17 academic year and includes 75 meals per semester; additional 25 meal blocks can be purchased from Associated Students Dining Services as needed.
  • Approximately 620 residents live at UV, about 450 of whom are first-time-freshmen; UV is located less than a mile from campus.
  • All rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, and closet space. Kitchens include a refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, sink, storage space, and table/chairs.
  • All rooms have wireless internet connections.
  • There is a computer lab, game/TV room, study lounge, two pools, a spa, and community building at the village.


  • 12-month off-campus leases are common.
  • Free shuttle buses run to most student housing areas.
  • Most students live in housing or close to campus in an apartment or house; 85% within five miles.

Cal Maritime

On Campus:

Cal Maritime requires most students to maintain a residence on campus. Cal Maritime guarantees all freshmen and new students on-campus housing. There is a maximum of two students per room. Cost is $1,325 for double occupancy (per semester) and $1,725 for single occupancy (per semester).

Off Campus:

Cal Maritime allows students meeting certain criteria to live off campus. Students petition annually to live off-campus. Generally, exceptions for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be considered for the following circumstances:

  • Medical � A student who provides a written statement from the Director of the California Maritime Academy Student Health Center indicating that a condition exists which supports a recommendation for off-campus housing.
  • Educational � A student who is registered for six academic units or less.
  • Military Service � Students who served at least two years of continuous military service active duty.
  • Age � Students who are 24 years of age or older.
  • Degree � Students who earned a baccalaureate degree from an four year institution.
  • Class Standing - A student who provides written confirmation from the Student Records office that verifies Senior Class standing.
  • Other -
    1. Students holding at least a Third Mate and/or Third Assistant Engineer maritime license.
    2. Students who are married or head of household as defined by Internal Revenue Service.
    3. Students who are domestic partners and can qualify according to Academy policy.
    4. Students who can verify they reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 30-mile radius of the campus.
    5. Students who have lived on campus in good standing for 6 semesters.
    6. Students with special circumstances.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

On Campus:

Cal Poly and University Housing are committed to providing a two-year housing program to as many students as possible. On-campus housing fills quickly based on the variance in numbers of new students admitted each year. All admitted, first-time freshmen are required to live on campus their first year to ensure everyone receives the benefit of the campus housing experience. Exemptions from the residential requirement will be considered based upon the Freshman On-Campus Living Exemption Policy. On-campus housing includes traditional residence halls with shared rooms and fully furnished apartments with private and shared bedrooms. For detailed information, timelines, etc., visit the Housing website

Off Campus:

Off-campus housing within walking distance from the campus is also available. Choose from large student-apartment complexes, a privately owned residence hall facility, houses, fraternities, sororities, etc. For additional information and options regarding off campus housing, visit the Housing website and click on the "Off Campus" link.

CSU Dominguez Hills

On Campus:

Housing is offered to students, faculty, and staff in one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The cost for one bedroom/double occupancy is $4,132, for two bedrooms/double occupancy is $3,166, and for three bedroom/single occupancy is $4,684.

Off Campus:

Many students live off-campus, some in neighboring beach communities, where there is plenty of affordable housing. Local one-bedroom apartments start as low as $300 per month.

CSU East Bay

Pioneer Heights apartments and suites are new, spacious, fully furnished, and competitively priced. Apartments feature single or double bedroom accommodations, a kitchen, living and dining area, and one or two bathrooms. Suites feature double bedroom accommodations, a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave oven, a living and dining area, and two bathrooms. Students seeking off-campus accommodations find the surrounding communities contain a variety of apartment-style housing. Learn More!

CSU Fresno

On Campus:

Cost varies depending upon room type and meal plan selected. The least expensive way to live on campus is in a double room in a community-style hall with a 14-meal plan. The cost is $5,512 with a $191 energy surcharge for the 2001-2002 academic year. Roommates may request each other on their application, if application is submitted by June 1. Approximately 1,000 spaces are available for 2001-2002. Tours of only housing are available by calling (559) 278-2345. Tours of the campus and housing are available by calling (559) 278-2048.

Off Campus:

The Fresno area enjoys an affordable cost of living. Plenty of off-campus housing is located across the street or within a few miles of the university. Typical one-bedroom apartments begin at $400 per month and two-bedroom apartments begin at $490 per month. Many students live in apartments close to the campus or are commuters.

CSU Fullerton

On Campus:

We offer two different housing options, Residence Halls (opening fall 2011) and Apartment Style. Our housing capacity is 1864. Residence Halls house 1064 and Apartments house 800. License Agreements (contracts) are offered for the entire academic year (August through May) and for the summer session. Fees 2010-11 - Apartments range from $6,252 for a double room to $8,302 for a single room. Single rooms house 4 to an apartment and double rooms house six to an apartment. All rooms are furnished and air-conditioned. Residence Hall rates have not been set for 2011-12. For 2011-12 all students will have a meal plan.

Off Campus:

The Housing and Residence Life Office assists students in obtaining off-campus housing by providing listings of local apartments, rooms in private homes, and other situations.

In the local community, there are many apartments, condominiums, and rooms to rent within a variety of price ranges. Service to campus by bus is also available. Most students live all over the Fullerton area, Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

Humboldt State University

On Campus:

There are a variety of options available for the residence halls, many including meal plans. The average cost of a double room with a meal plan is approximately $6,012 for the academic year. Single rooms are approximately $800 more per academic year than a double room. Roommate selection is determined by information supplied by the student on the Roommate Preference Questionnaire that is part of the license packet. Students are assigned into specific living areas based on a priority system, determined by receipt of a signed license and your initial payment. Compared to the cost of living off-campus, on-campus rates are roughly comparable to a shared one-bedroom apartment and less expensive than most studio apartments found off-campus in the local area (Arcata-Eureka).

Tours of the residence halls are provided Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. These tours meet in the Housing Office on the 2nd floor of the Jolly Giant Commons. Saturday tours are available at 1:00 p.m. and meet on the steps of the University Library. Tours may be limited during university breaks so it is best to call prior to visiting the campus. Call the Housing Office at (707) 826-3451 for further information about the residence halls. Our web page address is You can email us at

Off Campus:

Off-campus apartments are close to campus, $300-600 per month. Most students live near campus, within walking or bicycling distance.

CSU Los Angeles

On Campus:

There is space for about 1,000 students in our newly remodeled two- and four-bedroom furnished apartments at Cal State L.A. The cost for September through June is about $5,100.
Virtual Tour:
Phone: (323) 343-4800

Off Campus:

Homes, condos and apartments are conveniently available near campus. Two major freeways, several bus systems, and the only Metrolink commuter rail station on a southern California college campus make it simple to get to campus from any greater Los Angeles community.

CSU Long Beach

On Campus:

Closest to campus and classroom facilities are the traditionally designed Los Cerritos and Los Alamitos halls. Double rooms are located off carpeted corridors with newly renovated bathroom and shower facilities. Both air-conditioned, three-story residence halls house 204 students, with men and women on separate floors and/or wings.

Off Campus:

Most students live with their families or in off-campus apartments, but more than 1,800 students live on-campus and call CSULB "home."

CSU Monterey Bay

With approximately two-thirds of students living on campus in residence halls, suites, apartments, and family units, CSUMB is one of the most residential CSU campuses. The CSUMB.EDU/housing website contains everything you need to know about student housing, including multiple campus housing options, housing costs, how to apply, roommate selection, and more. Check out the Rate Lock that can guarantee your costs for your entire tenure as an Otter!

CSU Northridge

On Campus:

Each apartment has two bedrooms, a living room, a full bathroom, and a private balcony. You may choose to live in an apartment with or without a kitchen. Plus, all apartments are fully furnished with beds, desks, sofas, tables, and chairs. The cost ranges from $3,146 to $7,951 per academic year.

Off Campus:

Most students live off campus.

Cal Poly Pomona

On Campus:

The residence halls are conveniently located in the center of the campus and are within easy walking distance to the academic buildings, library, computer labs, dining areas, student union, and parking lots. All halls have a laundry room, study areas, recreation room/TV lounge, mailboxes, and community kitchenettes. High-speed Ethernet connections and campus satellite (cable) television service (CNN, BET, HBO, etc.) are provided in each room. All halls are coed and nonsmoking. The residence halls have their own outdoor swimming pool and basketball court and a state-of-the-art fitness facility equipped with treadmills, steppers, versa climber, concept II rower, recumbent bikes, and more. An evening coffeehouse, "Java The Hut," provides coffee, games, poetry reading, and music for all residents. A reserved parking lot for residence hall students is included. Tours of the residence halls are offered as part of the general campus tour that the Visitor Center provides.

  19-meal plan 14-meal plan >10-meal plan
Double Occupancy $6,389 $6,239 $6,029
Triple Occupancy $5,651 $5,501 $5,291

(These rates are for the 2001-2002 academic year only and are subject to change without notice.)

The University Village is an on-campus student housing community consisting of 212 apartment units owned and operated by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. The University Village is beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees and bushes including lemon, lime, and orange trees, all accessible to residents. Units are available to accommodate disabled students. The University Village consists of two phases; both designed for four-person occupancy.

  • Phase 1: 4-Person Occupancy (854 sq. ft.); 2 bedrooms (two residents per room), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dinette area, living room, and patio or balcony; $325 per month per student (Academic yr. 2001-02 & Summer 2002)
  • Phase 2: 4-Person Occupancy (978 sq. ft.); 4 bedrooms (one resident per room), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dinette area, living room, and front patio;
  • $410 per month per student (Academic yr. 2001-02 & Summer 2002)

Eligibility: To be qualified to reside in the University Village, all students must have completed the equivalent of a minimum of thirty-six (36) quarter units or twenty-four (24) semester units at an institution of higher education or be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age at the time they apply. New students must be admitted to Cal Poly Pomona before an application can be accepted. All students having academic year contracts receive priority for summer and fall quarter spaces.

Utilities: All utilities except basic phone are included in your license fees. Basic phone is contracted directly with the local phone carrier.

Amenities & Services: Amenities include high-speed Ethernet in every room, cable television, gated parking, shuttle service to other campus locations, laundry (Bronco Card accessible) and trash facilities, community barbecues, and nearby mailboxes. Postage stamps are available in the Foundation Housing Service office during regular business hours. Community Advisors live throughout the complex and are able to assist residents with almost any concern 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Recreation: In and nearby the Community Center are a large-screen television and VCR, table tennis, pool table, vending machines, volleyball and basketball courts, and a swimming pool. Community Advisors plan social and educational programs for the residents. Past events included barbecues, dances, and costume parties. Events are open to all residents and their guests.

Parking/Shuttle: Parking is available and a security gate system assists with safety issues. University Parking Services administers the lots at the University Village. Therefore, a university parking permit is required. Free Shuttle Service to campus every 20 minutes.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Foundation Housing Service at 3400 Poly Vista, Bldg. 30, Pomona CA 91768, by calling (909) 869-4242 or visiting their website at

Off Campus:

Cal Poly Pomona is considered a commuter campus with most of its students living off campus. University Housing Services can house up to 1,144 students total in six residence halls, as is the suggested housing accommodation for students in their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, including transfer students.

CSU Sacramento

On Campus Housing:

The Sacramento State campus has five traditional residence halls housing approximately 1,100 students. All of our buildings are co-ed. We have a variety of room types. The majority of our rooms are doubles which are occupied by two students. We also have a small amount of triple rooms, single rooms and deluxe doubles which are two doubles connected by a small bathroom.

Residence hall living provides the opportunity to meet people, make friends and enjoy a variety of cultural, recreational and educational experiences. The housing complex is located just minutes away from classes, the library and campus activities.

For more information, please visit our website at If you are interested in living on campus, you may submit your name to our mailing list through our website or by contacting our office.

Everyone on our mailing list will receive an Application packet. For students interested in academic year housing (Fall/Spring), the packets will be mailed to you in early May. For Spring Semester Only students, packets will be mailed in November.

Off Campus Housing:

Our Off-Campus Housing website at offers a wide variety of general rental information as well as on-line rental listings.

Contact Us:

California State University, Sacramento
Housing and Residential Life
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6067

Telephone: (916) 278-6655

CSU San Bernardino

We have apartment-like housing units located close to many of our classroom buildings. Students who live on-campus receive the benefit of being one of the first groups who register for classes. Dorms are coed, separated by wings. Students have the opportunity of selecting a roommate.

San Diego State University

SDSU offers on-campus residence hall, suite-style and apartment-style living. Residence hall communities offer the opportunity to establish close-knit friendships and a strong support network within students' living environments. Most of the living options include live-in staff to help students have a successful college experience.

On-Campus Living

Living on campus provides a number of benefits to students, such as freedom from frustrating commutes, costly utility bills, daily meal preparation, and clean-up chores. SDSU offers traditional residence hall living and suite-style options for all students. In addition to residence halls, SDSU offers apartment-style living at the Aztec Corner and Villa Alvarado Apartments. Amenities include: 10 MB ethernet connection in each room; local telephone, voicemail and cable services; study, lounge and recreation rooms; swimming pool and volleyball court; kitchenette for hall events; weekly residence newsletter; and a membership to the state-of-the-art Aztec Recreation Center. Residence hall contracts offer a choice of several meal plans, and most double rooms in traditional residence halls are equipped with a microfridge (mini microwave/refrigerator/freezer). For current costs, hall options or learning communities information, visit the Office of Housing Administration (OHA) Web site at

Off-Campus Apartments

Students may find off-campus housing in apartments and private homes (i.e., renting rooms). The surrounding area offers many affordable options for SDSU students. Housing Administration offers assistance in finding off-campus accommodations by providing listings of available rental properties on its Web site.

San Francisco State University

On Campus:

San Francisco State University provides approximately 2200 on-campus housing spaces for lower and upper-division single students. At SF Sate, housing is not required and not guaranteed. Demand for housing at SFSU is very high and spaces fill quickly. We recommend you apply for on-campus housing before being admitted to the university. Apply no later than January 30 for the fall semester and no later than September 1 for the spring semester.

Whether you are a freshmen, transfer or graduate student, San Francisco State University offers unique on-campus housing options. Our on-campus freshman and upper division resident community is located on the southwest side of the campus near beautiful Lake Merced Park and Golf course. Our upper division and graduate students communities are located on the South and North side of the campus in apartments and garden units.

Housing Options: Details at

Residence Halls

Reserved for first time freshmen students under the age of 20, Mary Park and Mary Ward Halls provide an environment suited to academic and personal growth. All rooms are double-occupancy with showers and bathrooms on each wing of every floor. All rooms are furnished and cable/internet wired. The Residence Halls offer a choice of three meal options through Residential Dining Services.

The Towers at Centennial Square (TCS): Located across from the residence halls, the Towers at Centennial Square apartments offer shared one and two bedroom apartments to first year freshman students under the age of 20, in designated Residential Learning Communities. The TCS offer a choice of three meal options through Residential Dining Services.

The Science and Technology Theme Community (STTC): Also located across form the residence halls, the Science & Technology Theme Community (STTC) is designed to make the transition to college life easier for first-time freshman students under the age of 20, interested in the science and technology fields. This small community of 100 students offers double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. The STTC provides a "small college experience" approach to first-year students, including a dedicated computer lab. The STTC offer a choice of three meal options through Residential Dining Services.

The Village at Centennial Square: Located a few steps from Towers and STTC, the Village features two and three bedroom apartments accommodating second year and transfer students under the age of 22. Residents in the Village apartments have access to restaurants and shops right in their complex. Additional meal plans are available through the Residential Dining Services.

The International Learning Community: Located within the Village at Centennial Square, the International Learning community houses graduate and undergraduate students in two or three bedroom apartments. It offers shared and private bedrooms in each apartment. Meal plans are available through the Residential Dining Services.

University Park South Apartments: Located a block away from the center of campus, University Park Apartments are in the heart of beautiful Lake Merced neighborhood, a walk away from the Pacific Ocean. These garden units offer single or double occupancy room in a furnished apartment with a kitchen and a bathroom. They are available to SFSU students over the age of 22.

University Park North Apartments: Located near the Stonestown Shopping Center on 19th Avenue, these one, two, and three bedroom apartments are available to SFSU faculty, staff, and guests. SFSU students who wish to rent unfurnished apartments are also eligible.

Off Campus:

Off-campus resource information is accessible at This website includes extensive rental listings throughout the city of San Francisco and referral services to students who are interested in renting near the university in one of several privately owned apartment complexes.

San Jose State University

On Campus:

There are more than 3,400 students who live in campus-sponsored housing and an estimated 5,000 additional students who live within walking distance or an easy bike-ride to SJSU. Please note: On campus housing is required for frosh who will graduate from a high school located outside a 30-mile radius of San Jose State.

Options include:

Residence halls

Costs are approximately $10,500.00 per academic year, double occupancy with meals.

Campus Village Apartments

Rents are approximately $9,660.00 per academic year, including utilities, for single occupancy, without meals.


International House
Located just off campus, the I-House is home to U.S. and international students. Please visit to get more information about average costs.

360 South Eleventh Street,
San Jos�, CA 95112-2217
(408) 924-6570

Sorority and Fraternity Housing
Costs vary according to meal plans, membership fees, and other services provided
Fraternity average costs: $2,400 to $4,200 per academic year
Sorority average costs: $3,000 to $5,000 per academic year
Recruitment occurs in the fall semester.

Contact: (408) 924-5950

Off Campus:

Private off-campus housing includes apartments and houses and the monthly rents range from $1,8000 to $2,500 a month, depending on number of bedrooms.

Contact: (408) 924-6190

CSU San Marcos

Housing & Residential Education offers apartment living on, and adjacent to, the Cal State San Marcos campus. The University Village Apartments and The QUAD offer residents a variety of floor plans to choose from. Every apartment has a kitchen, dining/living area and 2 bathrooms. Convenient laundry facilities are located in both areas, in addition to several other common/study areas throughout the complexes for resident use. Also available are residential learning communities; The San Marcos Experience and Health and Wellness Experience, which offer students a comprehensive living/learning experience by taking courses together and participating in specialized programs to build a strong foundation in the first year.

In addition to on-campus housing, the Student Life & Leadership Office offers off-campus housing assistance to students. These listings include rooms in private homes, apartments, condominiums and roommate matches.

For more information:

Student Housing
(760) 750-3711

Sonoma State University

On Campus:

All suites include double- and triple-occupancy bedrooms with a compartmentalized bathroom, a storage closet, and a living room. A limited number of single rooms are available. The residence halls are set up in suite style. They are considered some of the nicest and most spacious in the CSU system. The yearly cost for room and board runs approximately $5,600.

Off Campus:

Housing is relatively expensive and can be difficult to obtain. We recommend that all freshman students live on campus. About 85% of all new freshmen live on campus.

CSU Stanislaus

On Campus:

Residential Life Village is in an apartment-like complex comprised of 4-student units, each with a living room and compartmentalized bath with a capacity to house 356 students. First-time freshmen have the choice of 4-bedroom suites where each resident has their own private bedroom or 2-bedroom suites where 2 students share each bedroom. In addition, there is space for 196 students in 4-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and dining areas. Students residing in suites are on a daily meal plan. Apartment residents have the choice of doing all their own cooking, participation in the daily meal plan, or choosing 5 out of the 9 all-you-can-eat meals per week. Prices for the 2000-2001 academic year range from approximately $4,000 to $6,900.

Off Campus:

Apartments vary from studios to 3-bedroom apartments ranging in price from $370 to $745 per month. Most students live at home or in an apartment within a 15-mile radius of the campus.

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