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It’s important to have happy living situation while you're attending CSUN. Students who live on campus enjoy many advantages. They have access to special academic support services and are more likely to participate in CSUN's abundant extracurricular activities, such as sporting events, concerts, guest lectures and clubs. 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. If you choose on-campus living, you'll be a short walk from your classes, but you can also ride the free shuttle or bike to campus. Studies show that students who live on campus tend to do better academically than those who do not.

To promote a healthier environment for learning and living, CSUN is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The use, sale and distribution of smoke and tobacco products are no longer allowed anywhere on campus, including Student Housing. For a list of prohibited tobacco products and devices, and approved cessation products, check out CSUN's Clear the Air website

Campus dining

Your CSUN meal plan will let you dine at any of a dozen or so campus eateries, from fast food joints to a sit-down restaurant. Your meal plan’s dining dollars may be used at familiar spots like Burger King, El Pollo Loco, Panda Express and Juice It Up! Or, check out the menus at Pub Sports Grill at the University Student Union, The Marketplace at Sierra Hall, Arbor Grill on the north side of campus, or any of our four Freudian Sip coffeehouses. You'll find a wide range of dishes, from Asian and Italian to deli sandwiches. Feel like treating yourself to something special? Use your dining dollars at the Orange Grove Bistro at the University Club. 

The main dining venue for students who purchase a meal plan is Geronimo's and Bamboo Terrace at the Satellite Student Union. Geronimo's is an all-you-can-eat dining hall with a wide selection, from hot entrees and freshly made salads to pizza, pasta, burgers, tacos and desserts; Bamboo Terrace serves up Asian-inspired dishes. Keep in mind that you don't have to live on campus to purchase a meal plan. Learn more about CSUN meal plans and dining options.

Leadership opportunities

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.

Living learning and themed living communities

Living learning and themed living communities bring together students with similar academic interests, personal passions and life experiences in a supportive, on-campus environment. Members of living learning and themed living communities enjoy many benefits, among them special group activities, extra academic support and their own advisors.

If you're a freshman, you'll have instant friends if you enroll in Freshman Year Experience, which is exclusively for students who are new to college life. Or, if you are super serious about your studies and want to surround yourself with like-minded friends, look into our community for honors students. Are you hearing impaired or interested in the deaf community? We have a community in which students communicate mostly in American Sign Language. We also have communities for students enrolled in specific colleges and departments.

If you join a living learning or themed living community (except for Freshman Year Experience), you'll live two to a bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen, living and dining areas, and a patio or balcony. Participants in Freshman Year Experience live in our suites, two to a bedroom with access to a spacious lounge and quiet study area. The community center next door has pool tables, ping pong, movies, meeting spaces and comfortable seating to relax with friends.

Types of housing

There are three housing options. All are located in secure, gated environments, with wireless internet, cable, and access to swimming pools, sports courts and the community center.

For first-time freshmen exclusively, there are brand-new, fully furnished suites where you will live two to a bedroom in a community of 32 students. You'll enjoy a spacious living and lounge area, quiet places to study and semi-private bathrooms. The community center next door has pool tables, ping pong, movies, games and comfortable seating.

For freshmen and transfer students, we have two-bedroom furnished apartments, most with a kitchen and all with a patio or balcony. 

Our family housing includes one or two-bedroom, unfurnished apartments, each with a kitchen and patio or balcony.

Learn more at Student Housing about on-campus living costs and how to apply.