What does housing offer?

Student Housing at Cal State Northridge is more than just a place to live. On-campus living offers special academic support, leadership opportunities and individual attention, all in an environment conducive to classroom success and personal growth.

On-campus residents enjoy access to special academic programming and facilities beyond that available to their peers who live off campus. These programs and facilities include study skills workshops, dinners with faculty members, study jams during midterms and finals, a 24-hour computer lab and private study lounges.

Members of the housing staff are highly knowledgeable about Cal State Northridge's many academic resources, from the Oviatt Library to Disability Resources and Educational Services. These staff members are on hand seven days a week to answer questions and refer students to the appropriate resource. Staff members also keep abreast of the latest and most accurate information about academic policies and graduation requirements.

A core philosophy at Student Housing is that individual attention is a key to college success. Resident advisors and mentors — paraprofessional staff members who attend Cal State Northridge — meet with students several times a semester to help them set academic goals and stay on track. Community directors, professional staff members with master's degrees in education or related fields, are always available to offer guidance and counseling.

On-campus residents report that one of the most rewarding aspects of residential life is the opportunity to live among people from all walks of life. Because this type of living environment may be new for some students, housing staff members regularly invite groups of students to get together for guided dialogues on issues surrounding diversity.

Students interested in gaining leadership experience and building their resumes may take advantage of opportunities offered through our Residence Halls Association (RHA), an umbrella organization for student groups in our six residential communities. Opportunities include sitting on the executive board of the RHA, becoming a resident advisor, and serving as an officer with a Park Council, the governing body for residential communities.

By becoming involved in these groups, students may be eligible for a reduction in housing fees, receive priority registration and travel to leadership conferences. To learn more, visit Student Housing.

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