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Students relaxing near housing pool.Whether you’re living away from home for the first time or prefer the convenience of on-campus housing to apartment life, CSUN has an option for you. Student Housing offers secure, gated communities that include swimming pools and sports courts, and they are just a short walk or bike ride from your classes. 

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 in the dorms

If you will be living in a residential unit without a kitchen, you must purchase a meal plan. Application forms and more information is available from CSUN Dining.

Dorm checklist

When deciding what you should bring with you when attending CSUN, refer to the following for items to add to your checklist. 

  • Extra-long twin bedding:
    Mattress pad
  • Bathroom linens:
  • If your apartment has a kitchen
  • If your apartment does not have a kitchen, you must purchase one of the available meal plans. However, the following is suggested:
    Small refrigerator
  • Cleaning supplies:
    Toilet plunger
    Non-abrasive cleaner
    Laundry detergent
    Ironing board
    Trash containers
    Trash bags
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Other:
    Sports equipment
    Task lamp

After determining how much space you have and what you can share with your roommates, you may wish to bring additional items or have them sent to you.

We strongly encourage all residents to maintain personal property insurance such as renter’s insurance. You can obtain a renter’s insurance policy from most major insurance companies.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) has found a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. Residence Hall Linens has all your campus living needs, from extra-long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. Free shipping is available on all Value Pak orders. Proceeds from this program go to RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls. For more information, please visit the Residence Hall Linens website.

The following items are not permitted:

  • Pets other than small fish.
  • Clothes washers or dryers. Coin-operated washers and dryers are located on the first floor of each hall.
  • Waterbeds.
  • Pianos, organs, drum sets or other large musical instruments. The Department of Music has practice rooms available to students.
  • Firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, dangerous or flammable chemicals, paint ball guns or weapons, including swords, bow and arrows.
  • Halogen lamps.

Financial aid for housing

If you receive $4,800 or more in financial aid and plan to live on campus, you must log in to 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 you do not receive enough aid to cover housing and related fees, you are responsible for the remaining balance.

Questions about your financial aid? Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department.

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)

Payment plans

For housing expenses you may choose either the monthly installment plan or make a full payment each semester.

Accepted payment methods are e-check, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. View charges and pay online via My Checklist on the myNorthridge Portal. You may also submit a payment in person at University Cash Services, or by mail:

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.

Types of housing

CSUN Student Housing Buildings

Suites at University Park

Spend your first year with 32 other freshmen like you. The Suites are designed especially for students who are experiencing college for the first time.


Furnished two-bedroom units
Two students to a bedroom
One bed, dresser, desk and chair per student
Cable and Wi-Fi ready
Semiprivate bathroom
No kitchen (a meal plan is required)
Communal living and study areas

Apartments at University Park

Not a freshman but don’t feel like living off campus? The Park Apartments, like the Suites, are convenient and fully furnished.


Furnished two-bedroom units
Two students to a bedroom
One bed, dresser, desk and chair per student
Semiprivate bathroom
Cable and Wi-Fi ready
Living and dining area
Kitchen with a refrigerator and stove (most units)

Apartments at University Village

University Village is a safe and comfortable environment to raise your family while you attend CSUN. It comprises 10 buildings encircling a grassy common area perfect for recreation.


Unfurnished one- or two-bedroom units
Private bathroom
Cable and Wi-Fi ready
Living and dining area
Private deck or patio
Kitchen with refrigerator and stove
On-site playground
Communal recreation room