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Living in dorms is the quintessential American college experience. It's where the seeds of lifetime friendships are sown. Meeting new roommates, eating in the dining hall, cramming in study lounges and grabbing midnight snacks at a popular late-night eatery are memorable experiences that you share with peers. Plus studies have shown that living on campus actually helps you get better grades.

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

Dining at the dorms

If you are placed in a residential unit without a kitchen, you must purchase a meal plan.You can apply for a meal plan when you submit your housing application through the Student Housing Portal.  To apply for a meal plan, download the PDF form online, fill it out and then send it to the following address: The University Corporation, Meal Plan Office, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, California 91330-8309.

Financial aid for housing

If you receive $4,300 or more in financial aid and plan to live on campus, you must log into your Student Housing Portal to verify your financial aid. 

Your financial aid automatically pays university tuition and fees first. All leftover funds go toward housing. If there is credit remaining, you may receive a refund. If you do not receive enough aid to cover fees and housing, you are responsible for the remaining balance due.

Payment plans

You may choose either the monthly installment plan or make a full payment each semester. You may view charges and pay online via myNorthridge Portal by selecting the My Financial Obligations tool on the Financial Matters page. Accepted payment methods are e-check, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. You may also pay in person at University Cash Services, or by mail to the following address: University Cash Services, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8214.

An initial payment of $50 is due with your housing license agreement. The payment covers the processing fee and must be made by either check or money order. The Residence Hall Association fee is an optional, one-time $15 fee.

Living learning and themed living communities

Live among people who share your life experiences, academic interests and passions. As a resident of a living learning or themed living community, you’ll enjoy specialized services, additional group events, supplementary academic support and your own resident advisors.

Living learning communities

  • Cinema Television Arts
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Freshman Year Experience
  • Honors
  • Lighthouse (for the deaf and hard of hearing and those interested in the deaf community)
  • Music
  • The Health and Wellness Studies

Themed living communities

  • Living Above the Influence (for students committed to creating a living environment free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs)
  • MATA+MORE (for sophomores)
  • Matasphere (for students interested in sustainability and environmental conservation)
  • Valuing Opportunities in Cultural Education (VOICE) (to foster cultural education)

Types of housing

Suites at University Park

The Suites are designed for freshmen who want a sense of community. They feature furnished, two-person bedrooms with semiprivate baths. Each group of suites has its own hub of living and study lounges. All rooms come equipped with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cable. Residents are required to sign up for a meal plan at the campus dining hall Geronimo's.

Apartments at University Park

Whether you're a freshman or a seasoned Matador, you may still crave the convenience of living on campus, especially with amenities as nice as these. Featuring two bedrooms and a shared bath, the Park Apartments are furnished so you don't have to bother with a moving van. There's plenty of space to entertain, with a separate living and dining area and a private balcony for open-air soirees. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cable, and most apartments come with a kitchen. Residents of apartments without kitchens are required to purchase a meal plan at Geronimo's.

Apartments at University Village

CSUN offers excellent accommodations and amenities for Matador families. For instance, right on campus is affordable daycare at the Children's Center. The Village Apartments are specifically designed for students with children, spouses or live-in partners. The goal is to provide families with convenience, comfort and peace of mind. The apartments are unfurnished one- and two-bedroom units located in a park setting at the north end of campus. Lower units have private patios, and upper units feature decks. The grounds are gated and boast a swimming pool, children's playground and recreation room.

To apply for housing, log in to the Student Housing Portal. You may select your housing preference on the application.