How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application for Student Housing at California State University, Northridge. In the sections below, you will find important information on housing contracts, the waitlist and a step-by-step guideline for submitting your application. If you're a student with dependents, children, spouse or partner, visit the Family Housing page for specific information and application process for family housing.

We are excited to welcome you on move-in day!

Student Housing Contract

Academic year

Housing space is limited and fills up fast, so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be established for applications received after all housing spaces are filled. Offers will be made to students on the waitlist as space becomes available. Student Housing does not offer a contract for the fall semester only. 

Spring only

Depending on the demand for housing and the number of cancellations we receive during the fall semester, the waitlist of students who wanted housing in the fall semester may continue into the spring semester. We maintain only one waitlist and students who apply for spring only will be added to this waitlist. Cancellations do occur at the end of the fall semester, but the frequency of the cancellations changes from year to year, and we cannot anticipate how many bed spaces will be available to students on the waitlist.

Since we rely on cancellations to create open spaces for students who wish to live in Student Housing for the spring only, we cannot guarantee room type preferences. We make every attempt to place students in their preferred room-type or living learning community. However, we will not guarantee placement. Unfortunately, spring-only students cannot choose their rooms and students who are offered a space will not learn where they will be placed until they move in. Room swaps are available after the second week of classes.

The Waiting List for Apartments and Suites at University Park

Students who submit an academic year license agreement and initial deposit after all available bed spaces have been filled will go on a waitlist. Students can log on the Student Housing Portal to check the status of their waitlist number. Students are assigned to the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Your likelihood of being offered a space depends on your waitlist number and the number of cancellations. The Student Housing office receives cancellations throughout the summer and fall semester, and waitlist numbers will change. Students who move in Student Housing eight or more days after the start of a semester will only be charged for the actual number of days remaining in the contract period.

Spring-only students go on the waitlist after students who applied for housing in the fall. We will notify spring only students of their status in December. Traditionally, all students who apply for spring only receive bed spaces by the second week of spring semester classes.

We understand being on the waitlist can be frustrating, but we assure you every effort is made to update the waitlist daily and offer as many students housing as possible.

Please note our goal is to fill every bed. Once we have an open space, we will contact a student from the waitlist and offer that person housing. We make every effort to contact students with email as our primary method of contact.

Steps to Apply for Student Housing

The Student Housing application begins with an online process. Students not able to access a computer to complete the application should contact the Student Housing office for assistance.

You will be asked to log in to the Student Housing Portal using your myNorthridge Portal username and password. You will be directed to select the application period you are interested in applying for. 

The steps below will help you complete the process.

Application Steps

1. Contact data
2. Application data
3. Learning communities
4. Room type
5. Meal plan
6. Profile sharing
7. Verify

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Step 1: Contact data

You will be asked to input your contact information and the information of the person you would like us to call in the case of an emergency.

Step 2: Application data

You will be asked to select your academic major and class standing. In addition, you can indicate if you are currently a ward of the court or a foster youth, or if you need a unit with hard-of-hearing equipment or wheelchair accessibility.

Some helpful notes:

  • You are asked to disclose if you are a ward of court or a foster youth because students in those categories will be allowed to request an extension for submitting the housing application deposit and receive information about CSUN's foster youth services.
  • First-time freshmen are classified as individuals who have not taken any college courses with the exception of high school AP classes.

Step 3: Learning communities

Student Housing offers a variety of learning communities such as the living learning community (LLC) and themed living community (TLC) to choose from. LLCs and TLCs are located in the Apartments at University Park, with the exception of the Freshman Year Experience LLC, which is located in the Suites at University Park. Additional room type details are listed in the LLC and TLC descriptions.

Some helpful notes:

  • All LLC and TLC units in the Apartments at University Park have kitchens. The Suites at University Park do not have kitchens; FYE LLC residents will be required to purchase a meal plan.
  • If you don't want to live in a LLC or TLC, you can decline the option at the end of step 4.

Step 4: Room type

Based on your choices in step 3, you will be presented with the choice of a room type.

Some helpful notes:

  • If you select a LLC or TLC in step 3, you will only be given an option to select the room type designated for the chosen LLC or TLC.
  • Since the Suites are designed specifically for first-year freshmen, they will not be available as an option if you are not a first-year freshman.
  • Before you can move on to the next step, you must indicate a first and second preference.

Step 5: Meal plan

Step 5 outlines the variety of meal plan options available to you and asks you to make a meal plan selection for each room type preference selected in step four.

Some helpful notes:

  • If you will be living in a unit with no kitchen, a meal plan is required.
  • If you live in a unit with a kitchen but do not anticipate cooking very much, optional meal plans are available to you.
  • The University Corporation manages residential meal plans. All questions and concerns regarding meal plan options should be directed to the Residential Meal Plan office at mealplan@csun.edu or (818) 677-2655.

Step 6: Profile sharing

A series of questions have been developed to allow you to share information about yourself with potential roommates and learn a bit about them. You will also be given a choice to not share your answers and contact information with potential roommates. However, you are encouraged to share your profile information because the room assignment process is designed to choose a bed space for you. It will be easier to identify which roommate you may be compatible with if the two of you have access to each other’s profile information. 

Step 7: Verify

The last online step is an opportunity to verify all the options you have selected before you press the submit button. Rates and fees for housing are outlined here based on the preferences you selected. You will be asked to check a box at the bottom of the page indicating that you have read and understood the rates and fees. When you click on the Submit Application button, you will be taken to a page allowing you to print your license agreement.

The last thing you will need to do in order to complete your application is to print, read, sign and mail in your license agreement paperwork along with an initial payment of $50 (make the check out to CSUN Student Housing) to the following address:

Student Housing

17950 Lassen St.
Northridge, CA 91325

Some helpful notes:

  • Notifications regarding your application will be sent to you via email. In addition, you can also view all of the emails housing sends to you by clicking on the Email button on your Student Housing Portal.
  • The license agreement you sign and submit is a legal document. Please make sure to read through the details before signing it. Once you have been confirmed for a space to live in Student Housing your license agreement will be countersigned, and a scanned copy will be available to you when you log in to your Student Housing Portal.

Choosing your room

You will be instructed via email to log on to the Student Housing Portal and select the specific building, apartment and bedroom where you will live. Once you choose your room, you will be able to view your roommates’ information. This newly created enhancement allows students to communicate with and get to know their prospective roommates over the summer, and make changes to their assignments if necessary.

Remember, if a student does not allow Student Housing permission to release their information, no personal information will be listed. The Student Housing office cannot release any student's personal information unless authorized. 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) states if a student does not give Student Housing permission to release his or her information, no personal information will be listed. The Student Housing office cannot release any student's personal information, even to parents, unless authorized.