Housing and Transportation

Housing and Transportation

Multiple accomodation options are available to students during their time at Cal State LA. Options include homestays, extended-stay hotels, off-campus apartments, and on-campus housing. See below for resources designed to help you find the most appropriate accommodations for your time abroad in Los Angeles.

On-Campus Housing

Although limited, Cal State LA does offer on-campus housing options. Students interested in living on campus should plan to apply early. 

On Campus Housing Costs 

Cal State LA Undergraduate Housing Academic Year Costs*
Single** (one person per bedroom in a two or four-bedroom apartment with a furnished dining room, living room, and kitchen

 

$8,390

Double (two people per bedroom in a two or four-bedroom apartment with a furnished dining room, living room, and kitchen)

 

$6,897

Triple (three people in a two or four-bedroom apartment with a furnished dining room, living room, and kitchen)

 

$5,553 

*An academic year includes the fall and spring semesters only. Summer is not included. 

On Campus Meal Plan Costs 

Number of Meals Academic Year*
17 meals per week $3,749
12 meals per week $3,060
10 meals per week $2,679

**Single rooms are considered on a case-by-case basis and are no guaranteed.

Please visit the Housing Homepage or e-mail askhousing@calstatela.edu for additional information on housing availablity for English Language Program students.

Extended-Stay Hotels

Extended Stay Hotels offer comfortable accommodations with amenities that are similar to that of an apartment such as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, refrigerators in addition to other onsite amenities. Daily and weekly rates are usually available.

Freehand Los Angeles

Freehand LA

The English Language Program at Cal State LA has partnered with Freehand Los Angeles to offer a special accommodation rate for students in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and within easy public transit access of Cal State LA's campus. Freehand features include: 

  • Shared guest rooms with free Wifi and daily housekeeping
  • 24 hour access to on-site fitness center, guest kitchen and coin-operated laundry facilities 
  • 24 hour reception and security 
  • Rooftop pool and bar, full service restaurant, and cafe
  • Breakfast options available 
Room Type Cost*
Quad Room (4 beds with ensuite bathroom)  $40/bed 

*Costs are exclusive of occupanncy tax, currently 15.7%

Additional Extended Stay Options:

Homestay (Host Family)

If you are interested in a homestay (Host Family), you will want to consider living in the following areas of Los Angeles: El Sereno, Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Arcadia, or Monterey Park. These areas are close to campus and public transportation options that serve the Cal State LA Campus. Homestay options include:

American Homestay Network:
Contact Ms. Victoria Nettles by e-mail at homestay@homestaynetwork.com or by telephone at +1 888 268 1903. Alternatively, you may visit their website at www.homestaynetwork.com and follow instructions to apply online.

Homestay Services International:
Contact Mr. Jae Hopkins, Director by e-mail at homestay@homestayservices.com, by telephone at +1 619 461 4764, or by fax at +1 619 670 3397. Alternatively, you may visit their website at www.homestayservices.com, download the application or apply online.

StudentLink International:
Contact StudentLink by email at info@istudentlink.com or go to their website at www.istudentlink.com/CSULA.html and follow instructions to apply online. When completing the application, be sure to choose “Cal State LA” for “College You'll Attend.”

Universal Student Housing (USH):
For Universal Student Housing, visit www.ushstudent.com/homestay-csu-la-american-culture-language to learn about pricing. You may also apply online by selecting “Apply” from the top menu of their homepage at www.ushstudent.com. Be sure to select “Homestay”, and choose “California State University, Los Angeles” under “School.” when completing your application. If you have difficulties with the application form, you may send inquiries to contact@usaish.com.

Off-Campus Apartment

  • Most apartments in the areas surrounding Cal State LA are not advertised on the Internet.  Students can find apartments available for rent by looking in local papers or driving around the area and replying to signs in front of houses or apartment buildings searching for renters.
  • You can visit the below websites and search for available apartments in the cities of Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Arcadia, or Monterey Park. If you find an apartment you like, inform them that you are an international student and cannot get a Social Security Number. Ask them if you can make special payment arrangements without a “credit check”.

Transportation

Transportation from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) cannot be arranged by the ELP, but can often be arranged through one of the Homestay providers listed above should you choose to live with a Host Family. Otherwise, we suggest you contact the following transportation options for airport transportation:

Taxis:

 

Airport Shuttles: