College Portrait

Student Life

Maximize your CSUN experience by getting involved outside of the classroom. Try exploring new interests and meet new people by joining a club or organization, and consider living on campus and studying abroad. Whether you're on or off campus, the transportation and entertainment choices are endless. Need assistance? Services include the Learning Resource CenterKlotz Student Health CenterStudent Recreation CenterOasis Wellness CenterCareer Center and the Department of Police Services.


Activities and entertainment

On campus

Whether you're into action, romance, comedy or foreign fare, it's easy to catch a movie at CSUN. The CSUN Cinematheque at the Alan and Elaine Armer Theater screens movies every Thursday night free of charge.

The Soraya (formerly called the Valley Performing Arts Center) supports a full spectrum of professional programming, including symphony orchestra concerts, opera performances, dance programs, lectures, film events, and musicals and plays. As a student, you'll receive a 40 percent discount on tickets.

Looking to get some exercise? Take advantage of the Student Recreation Center which has been recognized not only for its beautiful architectural design, but has also received LEED Gold certification. Expect a rock climbing wall, indoor walking track, boxing studio, basketball courts and other state-of-the-art features.

The Games Room at the University Student Union has Texas Hold 'em, billiards and table tennis tournaments. Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Wii U and arcade games are also available.

Our intramurals and sport clubs offer an array of activities, from hip-hop dancing and basketball to soccer and karate. We have intramural leagues for fraternity and sorority members, campus club participants, or students who aren't affiliated with any group. Sport Clubs offer structured competition with other universities and amateur clubs in salsa dancing, tennis, boxing, roller hockey and paintball. 

The Associated Students sponsors free noontime concerts at the University Student Union. You won't want to miss the Big Show, which is held each fall and features top recording artists like Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco.

For a full rundown of campus activities, check the campus calendar or visit the University Student Union

Off campus

No matter your taste, you'll find great music every night of the week in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl features top artists performing under the stars. Universal CityWalk has live music as well as shopping and Hollywood film sets. You can hear concerts at L.A. Live, downtown Los Angeles' hot spot, or check out a movie, restaurant, sporting event and the Grammy Museum. Los Angeles' performing arts headquarters, the Music Center, is home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center Plaza, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the W.M. Keck Children's Amphitheater, Grand Park and REDCAT. 

Just north of CSUN is the thrill-ride capital of Southern California — Six Flags Magic Mountain. The happiest place on earth, Disneyland, is about an hour south of campus.

Los Angeles is home to some of the world's greatest museums. The Getty Center in Brentwood is popular for its dramatic hilltop architecture and great collection of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades specializes in the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Take your CSUN student ID for a discount ticket to the renowned Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Or head to one of The Museum of Contemporary Art's three locations: MOCA Grand Avenue, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and MOCA Pacific Design Center.

Santa Monica and Venice offer beaches, boardwalks and some of the best people-watching you'll find anywhere. Be sure to check out the body builders at Muscle Beach in Venice. Just up the coast is Malibu, home to surfers, movie stars and spectacular views.

In the mood for a little shopping? Northridge Fashion Center, an extensive indoor mall, is a short bus ride from CSUN. There's more shopping on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood and in Santa Monica at the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian mall that features restaurants, movie theaters, shops and street performers.

If you want to explore the great outdoors with your fellow Matadors, the Associated Students Outdoor Adventures program organizes hikes, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding and more, all at student-friendly prices.

To find out what's happening in the greater Los Angeles area, visit the Los Angeles Times Arts & Entertainment website and If you're headed someplace that charges admission, check the Associated Students Ticket Office first to find out if you can receive a discount.

Clubs and organizations

You'll get a lot more out of your college experience if you get involved in something outside of class. At CSUN, we have more than 300 clubs and organizations. Whether you're into salsa dancing or sailing, Buddhism or business law, chess or Chicano culture, you'll find a club or organization that suits your interests.

Some clubs and organizations are primarily for social purposes. Others bring together fans of various sports. And still others revolve around academic interests, cultures, community service, or religion and spirituality. If you want to get plugged in to the university scene, consider joining the University Ambassadors. This lively group of spirited students leads campus tours and represents CSUN in the community. 

You might want to find out if your college and department offers clubs for students with your academic interests. Can't find the club or organization you're looking for? Start your own. Find out how at the Matador Involvement Center.

With more than 45 fraternities and sororities, CSUN is home to a vibrant Greek scene. By pledging a fraternity or sorority, you'll enjoy the support of Greek brothers and sisters who are going through similar experiences, and make useful connections as you embark on your professional life. Some fraternities and sororities are primarily social while others focus on community service, leadership skills or sports. There are also fraternities and sororities that are traditionally African-American, Armenian, and Latino/a.

Student services

At CSUN, you'll always find someone willing to help. Whether you need assistance with a difficult class, want to manage your time, or need to see a counselor, our services will cater to you.

The Learning Resource Center is the place to go for tutoring, supplemental instruction, test preparation and study strategies. You can also seek help for writing projects and writing-based exams. Many individual departments, such as business, chemistry and math, offer their own tutoring and supplemental courses.

Disability Resources and Educational Services serves students who have a wide range of visible and hidden disabilities. Services and accommodations include alternative testing, note taking, Braille or other alternative media, American Sign Language interpreters, ergonomic chairs and tables for the classroom, and assistive computer technology.

With a large community of deaf and hard of hearing students, CSUN offers many services in American Sign Language — including academic advisement, interpretation, career counseling, and tutoring by subject-field experts, — through our National Center on Deafness

The Pride Center at CSUN is a supportive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning students. The Peer Mentor Program, CSUN Ally Program, Tuesday Talks and LGBTQ Coffee Nights are just a few of the programs that the Pride Center offers to promote respect and safety for all members of the CSUN community.

At the Klotz Student Health Center, you can obtain free and low-cost care for routine or urgent medical matters. The student health center also has dental and optometry clinics, and offers integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic. If you need help adapting to CSUN’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy, check out the center’s smoking cessation tools such as counseling, treatment, and free quit kits and nicotine replacement therapy products. For more information about smoking cessation services, visit the Clear the Air website and look for the link Tools for Quitting. 

Stay healthy and fit at the Student Recreation Center, CSUN’s state-of-the-art fitness and leisure center offering group classes, personal training and intramural sports. The 138,000-square-foot facility includes an indoor track, rock-climbing wall, recreation/lap pool, racquetball courts, a three-court gymnasium and a multi-activity court. 

 If you are struggling with an emotional problem, or need guidance in coping with overwhelming personal issues, licensed professionals at University Counseling Services can help. Services are free and confidential.

Providing a break from the daily stress of college life, CSUN’s Oasis Wellness Center offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet contemplation, as well as wellness-focused services, including massage, small-group yoga sessions, acupuncture and peer nutrition counseling. 

If you’re like one of the growing number of student veterans, transitioning from life in the military to life as a Matador, you’ll want to access the Veterans Resource Center. There you’ll find a wide range of support services and connections to other veterans and their dependents on campus.

Whether you're looking for a part-time job on campus or planning your professional life after college, the Career Center can help. This is your one-stop shop for everything related to internships, jobs and careers. Trained professionals will help you find a job or internship, create a winning resume, and impress prospective employers during interviews.

CSUN’s Dream Center provides resources and a community for undocumented students.

Study abroad

Once you obtain upper-division or graduate standing, you'll be eligible to spend one academic year abroad at one of our partner schools. Your college experience will be a richer one if you decide to study in Australia, France, Italy, South Africa or any of the 18 countries offered. You'll earn resident academic credit toward your degree, pay the same tuition as you would at CSUN and remain eligible for financial aid. Depending on your destination, you may be required to speak a foreign language.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, you may study for a semester or academic year at another college or university in the United States or Canada. Learn more about studying abroad and opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.