Housing rates vary depending on the room options and meal plans you select. View information about detailed housing costs.
Yes. To see a typical room and suite arrangement, we invite you to take a residence hall tour. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and reservations are not required. View additional tour information.
The term "dorm" or "dormitory" is a throwback to the 1940's, 50's and 60's when 18-year-olds were not legal adults and facilities looked and were operated rather like barracks. On-campus housing has gone through a tremendous period of development since then. Today, residents live, study, interact and grow through a wide range of social and educational programs. So the term 'residence hall' truly reflects on-campus housing in the present times.
All first-time freshman are required to live in University Housing during the their first year at CSULB unless you are 21 years or older or will be living at home with a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) during their entire freshmen year. . More information of the Freshman Residential Requirement can be found here.
All the rooms, either in suite or in the traditional halls are approximately 15 feet x 11 feet.
Parkside and Residence Commons are the two suite design halls at CSULB. These halls have a cluster of six or seven student rooms and one large or two small bathrooms within a suite. In Residence Commons, each suite also has a study room. In the traditional halls, Los Alamitos and Los Cerritos, double rooms line the long hallways and common bathroom facilities are shared by all students who live on that floor or wing. RLC offers a hybrid of both designs with long hallways and a bathroom for every two rooms. Please visit Residence Halls for additional hall information.
That depends on which hall you live in. In most, the ratio is approximately 12-14 people per bathroom. That may sound congested, but remember that your hall/suitemates will probably be on different schedules. Rarely will this present a problem. RLC has a unique set-up of 4 residents sharing a bathroom.
You have a choice of 3 meal plans. Please visit our Residential Dining Options page for additional information.
Changing food service options is possible, but only during the last two weeks of the Fall semester.
Operating hours at the three residence dining halls were established to accommodate students who work, participate in athletic teams or have broken class schedules. Residents are welcome to dine in any of the dining halls and have the option at weekday breakfast to make their own sack lunch. If you cannot make dinner, you are allowed to get a take away carton during the lunch hours.
Unfortunately no. The license has to include a room and board (meal) plan. As there are no cooking facilities in the residence halls, students who don't want food service should choose an apartment off campus.
True, in both cases. In accordance with the university policy and to assure a safer and more healthful environment for everyone, smoking is not permitted in any building in the residence hall complexes or within 20 feet of any university building. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in and around the residence halls. The no-alcohol policy meets federal requirements for colleges and universities and the expressed desire of many students and parents for a quieter, more educational environment. Approximately 80 percent of the residence hall students are under the age of 21, thus the policy significantly impacts only a small number of residents.
Absolutely. Living in University Housing is by far the easiest, most convenient way to get acquainted. Many free or inexpensive programs and events sponsored by the residence life staff and the Residence Hall Association will help you get acquainted, become involved, and have a great time.
Residence Coordinators and Residence Assistants oversee each living environment. Residence Coordinators and Residence Assistants (RA) are housing professionals who are responsible for the overall operation of their residence hall, as well as being a resource and advisor to all residents. There are also paraprofessionals (Faculty in Residence) who coordinate activities, advise about university resources, and assist residents in their transition to college life.