Housing Selection

(For Current Residents Only)

How to Apply to Live on Campus for the Academic Year 2020–2021

The Office of Housing and Residence Life welcomes you to participate in the 2020–2021 Housing Selection Process to reserve your housing assignment for the upcoming school year. It is our mission to build an environment that supports academic achievement, leadership and global citizenship. Studies have shown that students who live on campus increase their likelihood of increased academic success, campus involvement, improved leadership skills and will become connected to the University in meaningful ways.

What is Housing Selection? 

Housing Selection is an online process that will allow current students (Residents and Commuters) the opportunity to apply, submit an initial payment, identify a roommate and self-select their housing assignment for the next academic year. Participation in the housing selection process will be first-come, first-serve. Housing placement is not guaranteed, therefore we encourage students to apply early. Students who fail to participate by the required deadlines may be considered for the housing waitlist process.

Important Housing Updates for 2020-2021

Please attend our February Town Hall meeting taking place on Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 pm in the Phase II Lounge. Announcements will include room & board rates and student license agreement updates for the upcoming school year. 

Town Hall Agenda:

  • 2020-21 Room and Meal Plan Rates
  • 9-month housing agreement 

In the event you are not able to attend the February Town Hall meeting or one of the upcoming Housing Selection Information Sessions, we want to ensure every residential student is aware of the room and meal plan rates for the 2020-2021 academic year.

 
Housing Selection Information Session Schedule

Date

Meeting

Time

Place

Thursday, February 27

Information Session

12 p.m-1:30 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Monday, March 2

Information Session

3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Thursday, March 5

Information Session

4 p.m.–5 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Wednesday, March 11

Information Session

6 p.m – 7 p.m.

Phase II Loung

 
 
Phase I & II Rates

2019-2020
(This Year)

Annual Rate

2020-2021
(Next Year)

Annual Rate

Single (in a 2 or 4 bedroom apt)  

$11,356

$12,486

Double (in a 2 or 4 bedroom apt)   

$8,785

$9,658

Triple (in a 2 bedroom apt)  

$7,085

$7,788

Golden Eagles Apartments Rates

 

 

Single Apt (w/ living room)

$10,478

$11,520

Single Suite (w/out living room)

$9,901

$10,885

Double Apt.

$9,243

$10,161

Rates above include required $60 Program fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Plan Rates

Meal Plan

2019-20 Rate
(This Year)

2020-21 Rate
(Next Year)

17 Meal Plan

$4,133 

$4,133 

12 Meal Plan

$3,374 

$3,374 

10 Meal Plan

$2,954 

$2,954 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Selection Process Important Highlights

The information below details the 2020–2021 housing selection process. The process has undergone slight changes from previous years, so please take note of the important process points below as they directly impact the terms and conditions of the housing agreement and selection process.

  • The entire process is available online.
  • 9 MONTH AGREEMENT! It has been determined for the next academic year that facilities maintenance will have only minor projects that will impact a small portion of our inventory within select units. Therefore we will be offering 9-month agreements permitting students to remain in their apartments for the winter intersession period. The apartments that will have limited access over the winter intersession will be identifiable in the housing portal during the self-selection process. The indicators will inform residents of any facilities work occurring in specific spaces over the winter intersession that may require student access limitations. Please see the details in the FAQ section.
  • All student classifications are eligible to participate.
  • Students will be required to submit a $340 initial payment upfront along with the Housing Application/Agreement (includes application fee) to participate in the housing selection process.
  • The Housing Application/Agreement will open from February 20 to March 20 (4 weeks) to allow ample time for student participation in the process.
  • Medical Accommodation Request Process and deadlines are outlined in the FAQ section.
  • Housing Waitlist Process — Students who fail to meet deadlines or financial eligibility during housing selection can select to participate in the housing waitlist process outlined in the FAQ section.
  • Cancellation Policy – The fall cancellation request deadline is July 23, 2020. Students with a housing assignment who are no longer interested in residing on-campus must submit a cancellation request form by July 23, 2020.  When submitting a cancellation prior to July 23, a portion of your initial payment is refundable ($40 non-refundable, $300 refundable).

Housing Selection Eligibility Criteria

Students who have completed the online Housing Application/Agreement submitted Health Center TB clearance and paid the $340 initial payment by 3 p.m. (PST) Friday, March 20, will receive a notification via their Cal State LA email on Friday, March 27, informing them of their eligibility status.

If you have completed the online Housing Application/Agreement, have cleared TB by the Health Center and satisfied the $340 initial payment by the deadline and have not received an e-mail by, March 27, please visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life or email askhousing@calstatela.edu with proof of payment no later than April 6 so we may review your account.   

The following conditions outline a student's ineligibility to participate in the housing selection process:

  • The student has not submitted a completed online application/agreement by the deadline.
  • The student has not satisfied the required $340 initial payment by the deadline.
  • The student has not been enrolled at Cal State LA for the entirety of the spring term.
  • The student is not in good financial standing with the University. Outstanding balances or defaults of official payment plans established with the University Collections Office.
  • The student has conduct sanctions that have permanently restricted them from residing in university-managed properties.

The Process

Housing Portal, Application/Agreement, Student Profile, Roommate Search/Selection, Building Preferences, Initial Payment, TB Clearance and Room Self-Selection.

In order to successfully participate in the Housing Selection Process, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Online Housing Application/Agreement
  2. $340 Initial Payment *Required — no deferments or waivers.
  3. Roommate Search Wizard
  4. Lottery and Room Self-Selection Process

STEP 1: ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION/AGREEMENT PROCESS DUE BY 3 PM, Friday MARCH 20, 2020 (Student Profile, Room Type Preferences, Meal Plan, Payment Schedule & TB Clearance)

During this step in the process, students are required to complete the online Housing Application, student profile, meal-plan selection, payment-schedule option, Housing Agreement and TB clearance by 3 p.m., Friday, March 20. All of the above sections are to be completed online with the exception of the TB clearance, which is completed through the University Health Office by the same deadline. Applications and TB Clearance received after 3 p.m. on March 20, will be considered late, but these applicants may still participate in the housing waitlist process.

  • Submit online the 2020–2021 Housing License Agreement and pay the $340 fee online when redirected to CashNet. If you pay at the Cashier's Office with cash or check, please email a copy of your receipt to askhousing@calstatela.edu or drop off a copy in person. (Available online on February 20, with a deadline of 3 p.m. on March 20). 
  • TB Clearance: Students are required to submit a new Tuberculosis Questionnaire/Verification form annually in person to the Health Center. The Health Center will provide the student with a Health Center’s Clearance Receipt, which MUST be returned to The Office of Housing and Residence Life by 3 p.m. on March 20 to be included with their online Housing Application/Agreement.
  • All submissions will be reviewed for eligibility.
  • Review and edit your profile on the Housing Portal. The student profile is a list of questions that will help you identify roommate and/or housemate matches. Students will use the results from the profile questions during Step 3 of the housing selection process. 

Step 2: $340 Initial Payment Due by 3 PM, Friday, March 20. (This step is required. There are no deferments or waivers.)

Payment Options:

  1. In-Person/Walk-in (Cash, Check or Money Order): To make an in-person payment, please visit the Cal State LA Cashier’s Office located on-campus in the Administration Building Rm 128. The Cashier service windows are located in the open courtyard area. Notify the staff you are wishing to pay your $340 fall 2020 Housing Initial Payment.
  2. Mail (Check or Money Order): Please mail in your check or money order to the Cal State LA Cashier’s Office. Please include on the check or money order the student’s name, campus ID number (CIN#) and “Fall 2020 Housing Initial Payment.” Mail it to Cal State LA Cashier’s Office, 5151 State University Drive, Administration 128, Los Angeles, CA 90032. (Check and money orders must be received by the deadline, not postmarked by the deadline.)
  3. Online (Credit, Debit, E-Check): Please log on to CashNET to make your online payment. For instructions on how to make online payments, read How to Pay Your Housing Statement Online. Be sure to select the option for the “Fall 2019 Housing Initial Payment.”
  4. Foreign Currency: Please go to Flywire to make your payment using a foreign debit or credit card, international wire transfer, or other local payment options from your home country. First-time users will be asked to create a Flywire user account. The system will provide you with instructions throughout the process.

STEP 3: Roommate Search Wizard: Identify Your Roommate(s), Housemates and Building Preferences. (March 27–April 9)

  • The Roommate Search feature will give you the opportunity to log on to Housing Portal to request friends as roommates and/or search for potential roommates.
  • Discuss with friends what building and room location you would prefer. Students will be allowed to select from spaces in Phase I, Phase II and if eligible from GEA. Some students prefer a second floor over the first floor so we encourage you to rank your preferences. Take a look at the Housing Map and Floorplans.

Winter Intersession Accommodations! Make sure you discuss with friends whether or not they will be staying for winter intersession next year. This is important when you reach step 4 of the self-selection process. It will be at this point in the process that you and/or your confirmed housemates select an apartment that meets the housing needs of all roommates and housemates as it relates to winter intersession accommodations.

Step 4: Lottery and Room Self-Selection Process (April 14–17)

Lottery Appointment Process

Students will be invited to participate in the room self-selection process through our online lottery scheduler. Lottery numbers will be calculated and students scheduled to select their rooms based on the criteria outlined below. The lottery appointment will be the date and time for which a student will be provided with access to the online Housing Portal in order to self-select their room and assigned any confirmed roommates. Lottery appointment emails will be sent to your Cal State LA email address by Friday, March 27.

The lottery will be determined by the following formula:

Cumulative GPA x Credits Earned = Lottery Number

(e.g. 2.44 GPA x 38 Credit Hours = 92.72)

Cumulative Grade Point Average is determined by the Registrar’s Office for coursework completed at the end of the fall 2019 semester. If the University has not included transfer courses within your cumulative GPA those courses will not be eligible to be counted and only what has been reported as your Cumulative Grade Point Average will be utilized to determine your score.

Credits Earned is determined by the Registrar’s Office for the academic credits earned on record by the completion of the fall 2019 semester.

Self-Selection Options

  1. Room Selection with Roommate(s): If a student is interested in selecting a room with a preferred roommate, the student will utilize the Roommate Search Wizard to identify the individual or individuals with whom they wish to select a bedroom. Students who are interested in living together in the same bedroom must complete the roommate search and confirmation process during Step 3 (roommate search wizard) prior to Step 4 (self-selection process). All students must have completed by the required deadlines an online application, paid all fees and confirm a mutual roommate request.
  2. Room Selection with Roommate(s) and Housemate(s): If a group of students is interested in selecting into an apartment together, they will utilize the Roommate Search Wizard to identify the individuals they wish to select an apartment with. Students who are interested in living together in the same apartment must complete the roommate search and confirmation process during Step 3 and prior to Step 4. All students must have completed by the required deadlines an online application, paid all fees, and confirm a mutual roommate/housemate request.
  3. Room Selection without Roommate(s): If a student is interested in participating in the housing selection process as an individual and does not have a specific roommate request, they will complete the online housing process and self-select a room to an available bed during their lottery appointment time. Bedroom-type options will be subject to available bed space at the time of selection.
Building Designations and Room Types

Building

Area

Location

Types

Eligibility

Room Types

Meal Plan Required

East

Phase I

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Doubles, Triples

No

West

Phase I

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Double, Triples

No

Building 1

Phase II

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate backfill

Double, Triples

No

Building 2

Phase II

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate backfill

Double, Triples

No

Building 4

Phase II

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Honors Only

Doubles, Triples

No

Building 5

Phase II

On-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Halisi Only

Doubles, Triples

No

Golden Eagle

GEA

Off-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Graduate and Upper Division Over 21 Only

Singles, Doubles

No

 

Housing Selection Information Sessions and Town Hall Meetings

A town hall meeting and Information sessions regarding the housing selection process will be hosted by The Office of Housing and Residence Life. The town hall meeting will cover important changes such as housing fee increases and changes to the license agreement. During the information sessions, we will discuss in detail the application, Housing Agreement, student eligibility standards, process timeline, roommate selection, choosing a meal plan, payment schedule options, self-selection lottery calculations and how to select your room and assign confirmed roommates. An online-tutorial will also be available on our website for reference.

We encourage all students to attend an information session to learn about how the process works and use it as an opportunity to ask your specific housing questions.

Town Hall and Information Session Schedule

Date

Meeting

Time

Place

Thursday, February 27

Information Session

12 p.m-1:30 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Monday, March 2

Information Session

3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Thursday, March 5

Information Session

4 p.m.–5 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

Wednesday, March 11

Information Session

6 p.m – 7 p.m.

Phase II Lounge

2020-2021 Housing Selection Online Tutorial 

Please click the link below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to complete the online application process and a preview of the Roommate Wizard search and selection process. The tutorial will provide assistance for students who were unable to attend one of the above information sessions.  After reviewing the tutorial if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

Housing Selection Online Tutorial  
(Complete ADA version coming soon)

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE 2020–2021 Housing Room and Board Rates?

Student meal plan rates will remain the same as the current academic year. There is an increase of 10% for room rent. The 2020–2021 payment schedule is will be available online for your review on March 28.

CAN I STAY OVER WINTER BREAK? IS WINTER INCLUDED IN THE 2020–2021 HOUSING AGREEMENT?

For students who will be maintaining an active housing agreement into the spring 2021 term, winter intersession is included in your license agreement.  Students staying for the full academic year are eligible to remain in their assignment for 9 months, which includes winter intersession. For students who are approved to end their housing agreement early due to various reasons but not limited to;  December graduation, withdrawal from the university, transferring institutions and one-term international program, must check out of University housing by 2 p.m. on the last day of fall final exams.  

Although students will have access to their space over the winter intersession period there are select spaces that will have some access limitations.  Those spaces will be marked in the housing portal during self-selection permitting the student to avoid those spaces if their winter intercession accommodation needs conflict. Students will be required to submit a winter intersession intent form so that we are aware of who will be here over the break to effectively plan office hours, mailroom services and staffing.

NOT SURE ABOUT LIVING ON CAMPUS NEXT YEAR?

University housing availability after the housing selection process is not guaranteed, therefore it is highly recommended that eligible students participate in this process in order to ensure campus housing for next year. Even if you are not sure of your plans, it is better to reapply now and cancel if your plans change. Students must submit a request to cancel their housing assignments no later than July 23, 2020, to avoid prorated room and meal plan charges. All cancellation requests are subject to a $50 cancellation fee if approved.  See the cancellation policy outlined below.

WHEN IS MY HOUSING FEE BALANCE DUE?

Fall 2020 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than June 2020. Based on your payment schedule selection, your fall 2020 fees will either be due in one payment (July 2020) or two payments (July and August 2020). You MUST review your housing bill in June and follow the payment dates outlined on your student account to avoid late fees.

Spring 2021 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than November 2020.  Based on your payment schedule selection, your spring 2021 fees will either be due in one payment (December 2020) or two payments (December 2020 and January 2021).  You MUST review your housing bill in November or once you have been notified and follow the payment dates outlined on your student account to avoid late fees.

  • Late fees are applied monthly for past due balances.  All fees must be paid in full prior to a student’s arrival to campus.
  • If you intend on utilizing financial aid you will be required to communicate with our department and provide your financial aid summary for review each semester.  We strongly recommend selecting the installment plan to permit your second payment to align with the financial aid account release date.
  • Students seeking to use financial aid to assist in meeting their financial obligations for housing must ensure they have submitted all required documentation, registered outside scholarships with the scholarship office and have accepted all aid needed to meet their obligations in full (Tuition, Fees, Housing and Meal Plan if applicable).

MISSED APPLICATION OR PAYMENT DEADLINE? IS THE HOUSING SELECTION WAITLIST FOR YOU?

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will continue to accept housing applications and initial payments after the deadline BUT late applications WILL NOT be eligible to participate in the housing selection process. All late applicants will be referred to the waiting list. If an eligible student participating in the housing selection process attempts to request you as a roommate, you will still not be eligible for housing selection. If you are a late applicant, please notify classmates of your ineligibility to participate in the housing selection process so that they may seek other roommate options.

Although participation in the waitlist process does not guarantee a student will receive a housing assignment, we still encourage students to remain on the waiting list as cancellations generally occur during the summer months. Waitlist students will be assigned a bed space as cancellations are received into the next available bed regardless of room type preferences. We anticipate addressing waitlist students between June 15 and August 15, based on availability.

WHAT IF I FAIL TO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

Students must meet the eligibility criteria throughout the entire housing selection process. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a student’s application and room reservation if student defaults on payments, meeting sanctions, has a conduct issue or is not enrolled in the required unit enrollment.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE FOR FALL 2019 OR SPRING 2020?

Any attempt to pay an initial payment with an outstanding balance will not be reflected as an initial payment instead it will be applied to any outstanding balance. Students must clear their accounts to a zero balance in order to pass eligibility for housing selection.

CAN I GET MY $340 INITIAL HOUSING PAYMENT BACK? WHAT IS THE CANCELATION POLICY?

The fall cancellation request deadline is July 23, 2020. Students are responsible for submitting a Cancellation and Application Refund Request to The Office of Housing and Residence Life no later than the official cancellation date. This date is set to accommodate the required 30-day notification process outlined in our Housing Agreement. If approved for cancellation, students will be eligible to receive a partial refund of the initial payment. When completed by the deadline, fees that are assessed during a cancellation are: $40 application fee and $50 cancellation fee.

WHAT IF I NEED TO REQUEST MEDICAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR HOUSING?

The Office of Housing and Residence Life, in consult with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), is committed to assisting students who identify as “qualified individuals” with a documented disability find reasonable accommodations as determined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA) policies and guidelines, on a case-by-case basis. If you are a “qualified individual” requiring a specific type of housing accommodation due to a medical condition or disability, please follow the appropriate steps to ensure your housing selection participation with medical/disability considerations.

  • Your OSD registration process must be finalized no later than Thursday, March 26.
  • New accommodation requests must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) by providing the required medical documentation about your condition and housing accommodation recommendations from your treating physician. For more information on the registration process, visit the OSD website or by contacting them at 323-343-3140 or OSD@calstatela.edu.
  • Continuing accommodation requests require students who currently have OSD approved housing accommodations to check-in with their OSD counselor and request an updated accommodation letter to be sent to the housing office to accompany your participation in the housing selection process.

Despite your accommodation needs, you are required to meet all deadlines for the housing selection process in order to be eligible for housing selection participation and placement. 

WHAT IS A THEMED OR LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLC)?

Students currently participating in or interested in one of the Themed Living Learning Communities for the 2020–2021 academic year should mark their interest under LLC or themed community when completing their student profile in the online housing application. Students may show interest in more than one LLC or themed community, but note all continuing student LLCs/themed communities may require an application and/or enrollment in a class, special program affiliation or attendance to a minimum of programs to help develop the awareness in the community.

To learn more about the Themed Living Learning Communities, visit: Themed Living Communities.

I’M INTERESTED IN LIVING IN HALISI BLACK SCHOLARS LLC. HOW WILL THE PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

The Halisi Black Scholars Living Learning Community is designed to enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues regarding 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. Click here for recent news about Halisi Black Scholars programs.

Students applying for Halisi Black Scholars LLC must indicate their interest in their online housing application. Students with an indication of interest, a completed application, TB clearance, and a satisfied initial payment will receive an email from the Assistant Director of Residence Life inviting them to participate in a separate application process with detailed instructions to request qualification for placement into the community.

I’M INTERESTED IN REQUESTING PLACEMENT IN GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING. HOW WILL THE PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

The Cal State LA Housing and Residence Life community provides Gender Inclusive housing options. It is a voluntary environment where students can live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Students who live in this community will be expected to contribute positively to the community by offering support and encouragement for the living environment, respect for residents’ different motivations for choosing this living option, embrace and learn from experiences different from one’s own, actively participate in community events, and abide by all regulations outlined in the Student Guide and License Agreement.

Students applying for Gender Inclusive housing must indicate their interest in their online housing application.  Students with an indication of interest, a completed application, TB clearance, and the initial payment satisfied will receive an email from the Assistant Director of Residence Life inviting them to participate in a separate application process with detailed instructions to request qualification for placement into the community.

I’M AN HONORS STUDENT WANTING TO RETURN TO HONORS HOUSING. HOW WILL THE PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

If you are requesting to reside on campus for the 2020–2021 academic year as part of the Honors Housing program, you MUST submit the $340 Housing Initial Payment and complete all steps required in the housing selection process by the requested deadlines. Confirmation of honors student status and eligibility to select into Honors housing is determined by the Honors College. Please note that honors students are subject to the same eligibility criteria as all other students participating in the housing selection process.

I’M A STUDENT ATHLETE. DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOUSING SELECTION PROCESS?

Yes. If you are requesting to reside on campus for the 2020–2021 academic year, you MUST submit a $340 Housing Initial Payment and complete all steps required in the housing selection process by the requested deadlines. Athletes are subject to the same eligibility criteria as all other students participating in the housing selection process.

WHEN DOES MY 2020–2021 HOUSING AGREEMENT BEGIN? WHEN CAN I MOVE IN?

The official start of the license agreement is Sunday, August 23, 2020. The opening of the halls for student move-in will begin the week prior. Continuing students and New Admits will be invited to move into their fall housing assignments by appointment. Students must meet these eligibility requirements to move in.

  • Unit Enrollment (Undergrad: a minimum of 12 units; Grad: a minimum of 8 units)
  • Payment (Paid in full or payment plan established with University Loans and Collections)
  • TB Clearance (submitted and cleared TB review with University Health Center)

WHEN CAN I REQUEST A ROOM CHANGE?

The room change request process does not begin until three weeks after the start of the fall 2020 semester. Our ability to accommodate room and/or building changes are based on the availability of space within our community. Students who are interested in a room change must schedule an appointment with their Residence Director following the three-week administrative freeze to discuss their interest and determine the best course of action. Please note: room changes are not guaranteed, roommate mediations are utilized as a course of action within our processes.