HOW TO APPLY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
We welcome you to experience the benefits of living on campus. Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities and the library. Please read through all the information below to successfully apply for housing.
I AM A NEWLY MATRICULATED INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. CAN I APPLY FOR HOUSING?
Yes! If you are an international student who has been admitted to Cal State LA and will be attending classes to obtain a degree, you are eligible to apply online to live on campus. Please follow the application instructions and deadlines on this page: 2018–2019 Housing Process for New Cal State LA Admits. The information below does not apply to you.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACCEPTED TO A SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM. CAN I APPLY FOR HOUSING?
Yes! International students accepted to the English Language Program (ELP), Study in LA or Exchange Program are eligible to apply to live on campus. The information below applies to you.
Apartments are same gender. The rooms are double occupancy (two students in a room) or triple occupancy (three students in a room). Private rooms are reserved for housing accommodations due to a medical condition or disability. To learn more about apartment layouts and amenities, visit Future Residents.
Room in Phase I or Phase II
Double (two people per bedroom)
Triple (three people per bedroom)
Students may choose to purchase a meal plan that can be used in the Dining Commons, located in the housing complex, or Salazar Café on the south side of campus in Salazar Hall. Purchasing a Meal Plan is optional, not required. Meal-plan options describe the amount of meals you can eat in a week. For example, the 17 meal-plan option allows you to eat all the meals served in the Dining Commons, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch on the weekends. The other two options allow for 12 or 10 meals a week.
17 Meal Plan
12 Meal Plan
10 Meal Plan
HOUSING FEES (ROOM AND BOARD)
The cost for housing will be determined by your room type, optional meal plan and fees. The 2018–2019 Academic Year: Phase I and Phase II cost chart includes the cost, payment amounts and deadlines.
You can live on campus for only a semester, however, the Housing License Agreement is for both fall and spring semesters so you will need to submit a Petition to Cancel by the deadline of November 18, 2018, to terminate your Housing License Agreement and move out by December 15, 2018. If you do not turn in this form, you will be charged for the spring semester even if you are no longer attending Cal State LA.
HOW TO APPLY IN THREE EASY STEPS
The priority deadline for the Housing Application Process was May 9, 2018. Still, we encourage you to apply to live on campus as soon as you can. When you do, you will be placed on a waitlist. As we receive cancellations, we will assign rooms to students who are on the waitlist. Apply early to increase your chance of receiving a space! Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
STEP 1: HOUSING APPLICATION AND LICENSE AGREEMENT
During this step in the process, you will submit a paper copy of the 2018–2019 Housing Application and License Agreement, the Emergency and Missing Person Contact Information, and Consent Form (for those under 18). On the Housing License Agreement, you will indicate your room-type preference and meal-plan selection. (Your room-type preference will be considered during the assignment process, but is not guaranteed. You will be assigned to a bed space based on availability.)
- Download and fill out the 2018–2019 Housing License Agreement, the Emergency and Missing Person Contact Information, and Consent Form (for those under 18). You can type on the screen before you print.
- Print and sign the forms. You must sign the forms. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must also sign the forms.
- Submit all forms to the Office of Housing and Residence Life electronically or by mail.
- Electronically: Scan the forms and email them as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mail: Mail the forms with your $140 application fee and deposit payment to the following address:
STEP 2: $140 INITIAL PAYMENT (This step is required. There are no deferments or waivers.)
All students must make the $140 application fee and deposit payment.
- Foreign Currency: 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. Please email an electronic copy of the receipt to the Housing Office to complete your application.
- Mail (Check or Money Order): Mail in a check or international money order with your License Agreement to the Housing Office. Please include on the check or money order the student’s name, campus ID number (CIN#) or ELP# and “Fall 2018 Application and Deposit Payment.” Mail it to to Office of Housing and Residence Life (see address above under "Step 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. Notify the staff you want to pay the $140 fall 2018 housing application and deposit fee. Please provide a copy of the receipt to the Housing Office to complete your application.
STEP 3: TUBERCULOSIS (TB) CLEARANCE
University policy requires that all residents provide proof that they are free of tuberculosis or not at high risk for tuberculosis and require a TB test. Complete the Tuberculosis Verification Form and submit it to the Student Health Center. Please note that a TB clearance is required prior to moving in and doesn't have to be completed at the time you apply. To view Cal State LA’s tuberculosis policy and procedures for residents, visit the Student Health Center’s Registration Health Requirements and click on “Housing Residents.”
These are the submission options:
- In person: Complete the TB Screening Questionnaire and turn the form into the Health Center, BLDG 14, located on the main walkway between the Career Center and the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex. The Health Center will provide you with a Health Center Clearance Receipt, which MUST be returned to The Office of Housing and Residence Life. Your application is not complete until this TB clearance has been submitted.
- Fax: Complete the TB Screening Questionnaire and fax the form to the Health Center’s fax number (323) 343-6557. The Health Center will notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life if TB Clearance has been approved or if additional steps must be taken by you, such as taking the TB exam.
- Mail: You may mail the completed TB Screening Questionnaire to the Health Center. Mail to: Cal State LA Student Health Center, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. The Health Center will notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life if you have received a TB Clearance or if you need to take a TB exam.
(We’re sorry that emailing the form is not an option at this time.)
ASSIGNMENT PROCESS FROM THE HOUSING WAITLIST
Applicants are reviewed for housing placement on a first-come, first-serve basis. The dates that the online agreement and $140 payments are submitted will be utilized to determine priority order. Since housing is not guaranteed, we encourage students to complete the process early in order to increase their chances of receiving a bed space for the upcoming year and their room type preference. If demand exceeds the number of spaces, students will be added to the housing waitlist. As we receive cancellations from students with an assignment over the summer, or at the start of the school year, assignments will be processed for students on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be assigned into the next available space, regardless of room-type preferences. We anticipate informing students on the waitlist between June 15 and August 15, based on availability.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN ARE MY HOUSING FEES DUE?
Once you have received a housing assignment confirmation, your 2018–2019 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than June 2018, and will be due by July 10, 2018. If you receive an assignment after June, your housing fees will be added to your GET and will be due within two business days of the Confirmation Email being sent. Based on the payment schedule you chose on your application, your fees will be due in one or two payments. You MUST review your housing bill 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.
WHEN DOES MY 2018–2019 HOUSING AGREEMENT BEGIN? WHEN CAN I MOVE IN?
New students will be invited to move in to their fall housing assignments by appointment on Saturday, August 18, 2018. You must meet these eligibility requirements to move in:
- Full Time Unit Enrollment (Undergrad: a minimum of 12 units; Grad: a minimum of 8 units by July 31, 2018)
- Payment (Paid in full by July 10, 2018)
- TB Clearance (Submitted and cleared TB review with Student Health Center by July 9, 2018)
CAN I MOVE IN EARLY TO ATTEND ORIENTATION?
Yes! If you need to attend a mandatory academic orientation, you may request to move in one day before your orientation date. In July, we will send you details on checking in and instructions on how to request to move in early.
CAN I STAY OVER THE WINTER INTERSESSION (WINTER BREAK)?
Yes, but you must participate in an application and license agreement process and pay all winter fees for the six-week stay prior to the break. Winter intersession enrollment is not required. WINTER INTERSESSION HOUSING IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE 2018–2019 HOUSING LICENSE AGREEMENT. University housing will close at 2 p.m. on December 15, 2018, and will open on January 18, 2019. Residents may keep their belongings in their apartments but will be required to make other living arrangements for that time period. The housing rental fees do not include the six weeks of winter intersession, therefore students will be required to head home or arrange other accommodations for the break and return before the start of the spring term.
WHAT IF I FAIL TO MEET THE ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA?
Students must meet the eligibility criteria to live on campus. If you have not been accepted to Cal State LA or have an outstanding balance, you won't be able to apply for housing. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a student’s application and room reservation if the student defaults on payments, has not cleared TB, or is not enrolled in Cal State LA or the required number of units.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
The fall cancellation request deadline is July 17, 2018. 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 License 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 a $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 application participation with medical or disability considerations.
- You must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) by providing updated 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.
We encourage you to complete this step as early as possible. Despite your acommodation needs, since the housing priority deadline has passed, we may not be able to accomodate them based on availability of spaces.
WHEN CAN I REQUEST A ROOM CHANGE?
The room change request process does not begin until three weeks after the start of the fall 2018 semester. Our ability to accommodate room and/or building changes are based on 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 that room changes are not guaranteed. Roommate mediations are utilized as a course of action within our processes.