Current Residents

By choosing to live on campus, you have opened the door to numerous opportunities, which will serve you well in all facets of your life.

On this page, we provide essential information for you to learn about your housing community and your responsibilities as a community member.

ADA Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

ADA compliant units are available to accommodate students with mobility, visual and/or hearing impairments, and other disabilities. Single occupancy rooms may be requested by students with documented disabilities.

If you require special accommodations, please register with the Office for Students with Disabilities. For more information, visit the OSD website or call 323-343-3140.

Canceling Your License Agreement

To cancel before the move-in date and request a refund, complete a Cancellation and Refund Request Form.

To cancel after moving in, complete a Petition to Cancel Form.

Community Center (CC)

The Community Center (CC), located in Phase I, is a resource office where you can find out what's going on in housing. You can also check out equipment to play pingpong or pool in the Game Room or a vacuum to clean your apartment. At night and on the weekends, when the Housing Services Office is closed, a Resident Assistant is usually at the CC to help answer questions. Weekday daytime hours vary, so see the posted schedule. Evening hours, Monday through Friday, are 5 to 10 p.m., and the CC is open on the weekends from 1 to 10 p.m.

Computer Lab

The Computer Lab is located in the Phase I Community Center. It has 10 computer stations, which are equipped with USB ports, as well as a scanner and printer. Weekday daytime hours vary, so see the posted schedule. Evening hours, Monday through Friday, are 5 to 10 p.m. and weekend hours are from 1 to 10 p.m.


We offer DIRECTV satellite service to residents at no extra charge. (Residents must provide the television.) Here's the channel line-up:

Channel Number

Channel Name














Cal State LA Housing Channel














HBO Plus


HBO Signature






















Comedy Central








E! Entertainment










Discovery Health


History Channel


TLC (The Learning Channel)


Animal Planet




FOX Sports West


Fox Sports West 2






Food Network




Cartoon Network






BBC America






Travel Channel










National GEO








Cal State LA Campus

Direct Deposit

We encourage you to sign up for Direct Deposit to get your financial aid disbursement faster. It can be electronically deposited into a valid US checking or savings account. Visit Eagle Express Direct Deposit for more information.

Financial Aid

One method of paying for your housing fees is with financial aid. The amount financial aid will cover depends on how much you have been awarded and how much is left after your tuition and University fees are paid. Any remaining housing fees that remain after your financial aid has been applied, must be paid for by you.

To contact the Financial Aid Office, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Game Room, Basketball Court & Volleyball Court

The Game Room, located in the Community Center (CC), has a television and a number of board games as well as a pool and pingpong table.

Game Room hours are weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and weekends from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Daytime and summer hours may vary, so see the posted schedule. If you have any questions, stop by the Game Room or call 323-343-4800.

The basketball and volleyball courts are located in Phase II, behind Building 5. Lights turn off at 10:00 pm.

To check out equipment or balls, visit the CIC.

Housing Channel & Movies

The Housing Channel (Channel 8) provides information about housing and Cal State LA’s community and events. Also, we show movies on this channel free of charge during the academic year. A wide range of movies are selected to reflect current events, holidays, special programming and newly released films, which you can find on our monthly movie schedule.

Housing Policies, Procedures and Safety

For information about housing policies, procedures and safety measures, please refer to the License Agreement and the Student Guide.

Internet Service

Wireless internet is available 24/7 in all apartments and throughout campus at no extra cost. Log in with your Cal State LA student information to access Wi-Fi. Personal routers interfere with the campus internet and are therefore prohibited.

Laundry Facilities

Washing machines and driers are available throughout Phase I, II and at the Golden Eagle Apartments (GEA). Machines only accept debit or credit cards. For best results, we recommend high efficiency detergents to go with the high efficiency machines. You may check on the status of your laundry from your computer or cellphone by logging into Wave Vision. The fees are as follows:

Machine Cost per Load
Washing Machine $1.25
Dryer $1.00


Students must bring linen for a Twin XL bed. The beds in the apartments are extra long, so standard length sheets and bedding will not fit properly. Please bring a pillow, blanket and twin XL sheets and towels.

Lost Keys and Lock Outs

If a resident has lost their keys, they must immediately report it to the Housing Services Office to ensure the safety and security of the resident’s apartment. Lost keys may result in a charge of up to $88.

If you are locked out during normal business hours, contact the Housing Services Office. If it is after 5:30 p.m. or on the weekends, call the RA on duty at 323-343-4807.

Forgetting your keys and getting locked out more than three times during the academic year may result in disciplinary action and charges. Fees per academic year are as follows:

Number of Times Locked Outouts Cost
Up to three No charge
Four $10 + Conduct Meeting
Five $20
Six $30


Residents who inhabit the same bedroom will be assigned a mailbox with a combination for use. Residents should not share their combination for security purposes. Mailboxes are located in the CC and next to the Housing Services Office. The Mail Room is located in front of the Housing Services Office.

To pick up a package, you must present the white package delivery slip from your mailbox along with a picture ID to the Mail Room Window located outside the Housing Services Office. Packages will not be released without these two items.

Mail and packages must have your full name as it appears on your ID. Mail and packages with a nickname or another person’s name will be returned to sender.

If you require assistance with your mailbox, the Mail Room staff is available at the Mail Room Window.

The Mail Room hours are as follows:

Day Time

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.




If something in your apartment needs repair, please fill out a Work Order. Create a separate Work Order for each issue in your apartment.

Meal Plan

Check out our Meal Plan page.

Movie Schedule

We offer a wide variety of movies every month on the Housing Channel (channel 8). See our movie schedule to see what will be playing this month.

Moving Out

If you've received approval to move out at the end of the fall semester, you must clean your apartment, be completely moved out and turn in your keys by 2 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2016. (If you haven't received approval to move out, see below.) There are two checkout options:

Option 1: Express Checkout
This option gives you the ability to leave whenever you're ready. Just make sure you move out and return your keys before 2 p.m. on Friday, December 10, or additional charges may be assessed. Pick up an Express Checkout Packet from the Housing Services Office, which includes instructions, a key envelope and a Mail Forwarding Request Form. Fill out the information on the envelope, including signing and dating it, place your keys inside the envelope, seal it and return it to the Housing Services Office. After hours, you may deposit the envelope in the designated key drop box under the counter at the office. If you choose Express Checkout, you waive your right to contest any damage charges that are attributed to you, including any shared charges with roommates.

Option 2: Check Out with a Housing Services Staff Member
If you want an inspection done of your apartment while you're here, you must make an appointment with the Housing Services Office at least one week prior to your planned checkout date. Choosing this option means you will prepare for your move ahead of time, including organizing, packing and cleaning prior to your anticipated checkout date. At the time of your appointment, you must have completely removed all of your belongings and cleaned your apartment. An RA or staff member will meet you at your apartment. You will complete the ACR, note damages, sign and date the form and turn in your keys.

You Must Petition to Move Out
Prior to moving out, you must receive approval by Housing Services to cancel your License Agreement because the contract is binding until May 20, 2017. Moving out without canceling your agreement does not release you from your financial responsibility. (In other words, if you move out without telling the Housing Services Office, you're still going to be charged and will have to pay. Please review the Section III.C.4 under the Terms and Conditions of the Student Housing License Agreement. The agreement states that only those students who are graduating, withdrawing from Cal State L.A., or getting married will be released from their contract with appropriate supporting documentation. All other reasons may be considered with appropriate supporting documentation.) Submit the Petition to Cancel Form to the Housing Services Office at least 30 days before the end of the semester.

Overnight Guests

Overnight guests are permitted to stay for three consecutive nights and no longer than nine nights total per semester. You must have permission from all the roommates in the apartment, then register your guests at the Community Center in Phase I. Failure by a Licensee to secure approval for overnight guests is grounds for disciplinary action, including being charged the daily rate for each day that a non-approved guest resides in the Licensee’s apartment. All overnight guests must comply with all housing regulations. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and any damages caused by their actions.

Parking Permits

Parking Lot 7A is designated for student housing residents only. To park in this lot, you must purchase a University Residential Permit. This permit may be used to park in Lot 7A as well as all other campus parking lots. GEA residents may use this permit to park in the limited spaces available on-site or in Lot 7A.

For more information about parking permits, visit the Parking and Transportation Center.


U.S. Residents

You may pay for your housing through the following methods:

  1. Online Payment
  2. Money Order, Personal Check or Cashier’s Check
    1. Make payable to: Cal State LA Housing Services
    2. Write student name, CIN (ID #), and term (fall or spring)
    3. Mail to: Cal State LA Cashier's Office, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

  3. Cash (You must first obtain an invoice from the Housing Services Office.)

International Residents

At the time you apply for housing, you will need to make a payment. If you have access to your MyCalStateLA username and password, you can make your payment online. If not, please go to your bank and request a Money Order, Personal Check or Cashier’s Check (endorsed by a US bank only) payable to Cal State LA Housing Services. Foreign Money Orders, Personal Checks or Cashier's Checks are not accepted.

Mail to:
Cal State LA Housing Services
5300 Paseo Rancho Castilla
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Phone Service

Two landlines are available per bedroom. If a resident would like a landline, they must establish a service by contracting the services of an external service provider. Housing Services does not provide the phone service itself. See the Housing Services Office with questions.

There are four pay phones on campus located in the following locations: King Hall Lobby, Library North Lobby, Administration Building Quad (to the right of Student Affairs 101) and the main walkway near the Administration Building.

Renter's Insurance

Protect your belongings with renter's insurance from GradGuard.

Resident Assistant on Duty

If you are experiencing an emergency or are locked out of your apartment after 5 p.m. on a weekday or any time on the weekends, you can reach the Resident Assistant on Duty at 323-343-4807.


Living with people can be fun and challenging. We expect that roommates will share responsibilities and make compromises. If you experience challenges with a roommate, we recommend talking with them about it first. If the situation doesn’t improve, speak with your Resident Assistant. In some cases, situations will be escalated to the Resident Director for help.

Themed Living Communities

A themed living community is a group of people living together in a common housing area who share common academic goals and interests.  Residents in these communities participate in academically and intellectually engaging learning activities designed specifically for them. 

First Year Residential Experience

First year students will be assigned to buildings designated specifically for them. The Resident Assistants and Resident Life Coordinators will focus on acclimating students to the University community with an emphasis on academic achievement and leadership development.

Gender Neutral Inclusive Housing

Gender Neutral Inclusive Housing is for students interested in living with people of all gender identities and expressions. The Cal State LA Housing community defines Gender Neutral Inclusive Housing as a voluntary environment where students can live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. 

Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community

The Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community is designed to enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues of concern to the Black community living on campus by offering the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers, and engage in programs that focus on academic success, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.

Resident Scholars Housing

The goal of the Resident Scholars Housing is to provide Cal State LA Honors College and academically achieving students with themed housing that supports the mission and vision of the Honors College and the Institutional Learning Outcomes by forming a strong community of students through shared Honors classes, providing learning opportunities and social engagement beyond the classroom and engaging in a student-directed community. It also increases the following: student interaction with Honors faculty, staff and fellow students; involvement in the larger Los Angeles and Cal State LA community; and retention and graduation rates.


Water, trash, electricity and gas are included in your License Agreement.

Vending Machines

Beverage and snack machines can be found in the Phase I and II Community Centers, accessible 24/7. A water machine is located by the Phase I Laundry Room. Housing Services is not responsible for money lost to the vending machines. For refund information, contact First Class Vending at 323-268-7632.

What to Bring

All apartments are fully furnished. Each bedroom has an extra-long twin beds, dresser drawers and a desk for each resident. The living and dining room have tables and chairs, as well as a storage room. Kitchens include a stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. (Cookware, plates, cups and utensils are not included.)

We recommend bringing the following:


Twin XL bed sheets and blankets
Mattress pad (optional)
Under-the-bed storage trays
Desk lamp
Small waste basket
Alarm clock (optional)
TV (optional)
Computer/laptop (optional)
Clothes hangers
Laundry basket or bag
Sewing kit


Bath mat
Shampoo and conditioner
Shower caddie
Hand, face and bath soap
Toilet paper
Comb or brush
Toothpaste and toothbrush
First Aid Kit: band aids, alcohol swabs, Q-tips, ace bandage, etc.


Cooking utensils
Can opener
Bowls and plates
Cups, glasses, mugs
Dish towels
Paper towels
Plastic storage bags
Food-storage containers

Cleaning Items

Non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner
Trash bags
Paper towels
Cleaning sponge
Disinfectant wipes
Dish soap
Laundry detergent and fabric softener
Iron and ironing board

Do Not Bring

Space heaters
Hot plate
Weapons, ammunition, fireworks, explosives or dangerous or flammable chemicals