International Students

 

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

I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACCEPTED TO A SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM. CAN I APPLY FOR HOUSING?

Yes! International students accepted to the Study in LA or Exchange Program are eligible to apply to live on campus. The information below applies to you.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and 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.

HOUSING APPLICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The information below details the 2019-2020 new admit housing process. 

  • The entire application is available online.
  • The Housing Application/Agreement will open March 8 to May 8 to allow ample time for student participation in the process.
  • New admits will be required to submit a $340 initial payment up front along with the Housing Application/Agreement (includes application fee) to participate in the housing process.
  • WINTER BREAK! Due to upcoming large scale maintenance projects, select buildings and apartments will be open and available for students to request winter break housing. The 2019–2020 Housing Agreement does not include the winter break period, therefore students interested in residing over winter break must first indicate their interest in staying over winter in under the student profile section of the application. Students will be able to sign up for winter housing during their fall semester in housing. Please see details in the FAQ section.
  • The Medical Accommodation Request Process is outlined in the FAQ section below.
  • Cancellation Policy – The fall cancellation request deadline is July 16, 2019. Students with a housing assignment who are no longer interested in residing on-campus must submit a cancellation request form by July 16, 2019.  When submitting a cancellation prior to July 16, a portion of your initial payment is refundable ($40 non-refundable, $300 refundable).
  • 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.
  • New Admit Housing Process Application Tutorial

REQUIREMENTS TO LIVE ON CAMPUS

In order to qualify to live on campus, a student must:

  • Intend to enroll full-time at Cal State LA (Undergraduate=12 units; Graduate=8 units).
  • Be in good financial standing with the University. (A student cannot have outstanding balances or defaults of official payment plans established with the University Collections Office.)

INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO SUCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

To complete the online application and License Agreement please have the following items available:

  • “MyCalStateLA” username and password
  • Emergency Contact Information (First and last name, address, phone number, etc.)
  • Missing Persons Contact Information (First and last name, address, phone number, etc.)
  • Debit, Credit or Checking Account Information — In order to officially complete your online application, you will need to submit a $340 payment at end of the application after submitting your License Agreement.

THE PROCESS                                  

Housing Portal, Application and License Agreement, Student Profile and $340 Initial Payment

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

  • STEP 1: $100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD): In order to access the application, you must have paid the ECD. Deadline May 1, 2019
  • STEP 2: Online Housing Application and License Agreement. Deadline May 8, 2019.
  • STEP 3: $340 Housing Initial Payment: Deadline May 8, 2019. No deferments or waivers.
  • STEP 4: Roommate Search Wizard – Search and confirm roommates/housemates May 20–May 31
  • STEP 5: TB Clearance (Tuberculosis) Deadline July 9, 2019

STEP 1: PAY YOUR $100 ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT (ECD). (Applicable only to First-year and Transfer Students Admitted for Fall 2019 Term.)

Only students who have paid their $100 ECD to confirm enrollment with Cal State LA can obtain access to the online housing application and License Agreement. Once you pay the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD), it will take 2–3 days for you to gain access to apply online through the Housing Portal. You won’t receive an email alert about this, so we encourage you to try logging on to the portal daily. For more information about submitting the ECD, visit the Admissions Website.

STEP 2: ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION AND LICENSE AGREEMENT

During this step in the process, students are required to complete the online housing application, student profile, meal-plan selection, payment-schedule option, License Agreement and Consent Form (for those under 18). All of the above sections are to be completed online with the exception of the Consent Form, for residents under the age of 18, which is a paper form that must be signed and mailed to the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

  • Submit online the 2019–2020 Housing License Agreement and pay the $340 fee online when redirected to CashNet. If you pay cash or with a check, please submit a copy of your receipt.
  • If you are under the age of 18, submit a Consent Form to Housing and Residence Life. This step must only be completed by applicants who are under the age of 18. The Consent Form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian who agrees with the terms and conditions of the 2019–2020 License Agreement to provide consent authorization for medical treatment in case of an emergency.
  • Create your student profile on the Housing Portal. The student profile is a list of questions that will help us identify roommate and/or housemate matches.

STEP 3: $340 INITIAL PAYMENT (No deferments or waivers)

All newly admitted students must make an out-of-pocket initial payment of $340.

Payment Options:

  1. Online (Credit, Debit, E-Check): After you’ve completed the signature page in the Housing Portal, you will be redirected to the University’s CashNet system. The system will guide you step by step. After submitting your payment information, you will need to click the “Return to the Housing Application” at the bottom of the CashNet receipt page. This step redirects you back to the Housing Portal and ensures your payment confirmation information is been sent to our office.
  2. In-Person (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. Tell the staff you want to pay the $340 Fall 2019 Housing Initial Payment. Bring your receipt to the Housing Office.
  3. Mail (Check or Money Order): You may mail in a check or money order to the Cal State LA Cashier’s Office. Please include on the check or money order your name, campus ID number (CIN#) and “Fall 2019 Housing Initial Payment.” Mail it to: Cal State LA Cashier’s Office, 5151 State University Drive, Administration 128, Los Angeles, CA 90032.
  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 4: ROOMMATE SEARCH WIZARD: IDENTIFY YOUR ROOMMATES/HOUSEMATES (May 20–June 1)

The Roommate Search feature provides students with the opportunity to request friends as roommates and/or search for potential roommates.

  1. Application with Roommates: If a student is interested in being assigned 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 share a bedroom. Students who are interested in living together in the same bedroom must complete the roommate search and confirmation process during Step 4 (roommate search wizard) prior to the Assignment Process. All students must have completed an online application, paid all fees and confirm a mutual roommate request.
  2. Application with Roommates and Housemates: If a group of students are interested in being assigned into an apartment together, they will utilize the Roommate Search Wizard to identify the individuals they wish to share an apartment with. Students who are interested in living together in the same apartment must complete the roommate search and confirmation process during Step 4 (roommate search wizard) by the June 1 deadline. All students must have completed an online Application and License Agreement, paid all fees and confirmed a mutual roommate requests.
  3. Application without Roommates: Students may participate in the Housing Application Process as an individual and do not request a roommate. Once they complete the online Housing Process, we will assign them to an available bed during the Assignment Process using the profile questionnaire answers to find the best available roommate match.

ROOM ASSIGNMENT PROCESS

We process applications for housing placement on a first-come, first-serve basis. The dates that the online agreement and $340 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. An assignment will be processed for students on the waitlist as we receive cancellations from students with an assignment over the summer, or at the start of the school year. Please see the Housing Waitlist Process outlined in the FAQ section.

Room-type preferences requested during the Application Process will be considered during the Assignment Process but is not guaranteed. You'll be assigned to a bed space based on availability. Students will receive an email confirming their room reservation and required next steps to their Cal State LA email account on Monday, June 11, 2019.

Building Designations and Room Types

Building

Area

Location

Types

Eligibility

Room Types

Meal Plan Required

Winter Break Housing Available

East

Phase I

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Doubles, Triples

No

Yes

West

Phase I

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Double, Triples

No

1st floor only

Building 1

Phase II

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate backfill

Double, Triples

No

Yes

Building 2

Phase II

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors,

Graduate backfill

Double, Triples

No

Yes

Building 4

Phase II

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Honors Only

Doubles, Triples

No

1st and 2nd floors only

Building 5

Phase II

On Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Halisi Only

Doubles, Triples

No

1st and 2nd floors only

Golden Eagle

GEA

Off-Campus

Apartment w/ outside access

Graduate and Upper Division Over 21 Only

Singles, Doubles

No

Yes

 

STEP 5: TUBERCULOSIS (TB) CLEARANCE

University policy requires that all residents provide proof every year 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 no later than July 9, 2019. 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 (emailing the form is not an option due to HIPPA):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.    

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE 2019–2020 Housing Room and Board Rates?

Our 2019–2020 housing fees are listed on our rates and dates webpage. The 2019–2020 payment schedule is available online for your review.

WHEN IS MY HOUSING PAYMENT DUE?

Fall 2019 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than June 2019. Based on your payment schedule selection, your fall 2019 fees will either be due in one payment (July 2019) or two payments (July and August 2019). You MUST review your housing bill in June and follow the payment dates outlined on your student account to avoid late fees.

Spring 2020 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than November 2019.  Based on your payment schedule selection, your spring 2020 fees will either be due in one payment (December 2019) or two payments (December 2019 and January 2020). 

You MUST review your housing bill 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 in the fall and 10 days prior to the start of the spring term.

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.  Please do not wait until the payment deadline to submit your financial aid summary for review. 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).

CAN I STAY OVER WINTER BREAK? IS WINTER INCLUDED IN THE 2019–2020 HOUSING AGREEMENT?

University housing will close at 2 p.m. on the last day of fall final exams and reopen on the Friday prior to the first day of spring term classes. Residents continuing into the spring 2020 term although checking out for winter break and turning in keys may keep their belongings in their apartments, while they return home for the break. Students who wish to request to stay in housing during winter break must indicate in their application interest in residing over winter break and participate in a Winter Addendum process. The cost to submit the Winter Addendum is $40. Winter intersession enrollment is not required only continued active status in housing and university enrollment from fall 2019 through spring 2020.

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 priority 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.

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 30 and August 15, based on availability.

NOT SURE ABOUT LIVING ON CAMPUS NEXT YEAR?

University housing availability after the priority deadline is not guaranteed, therefore it is highly recommended that new admits participate in this process in order to ensure campus on-campus housing for next year. Even if you are not sure of your plans, it is better to apply now and cancel if your plans change. Students must submit a request to cancel their housing assignments no later than July 16, 2019, 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.

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

The fall cancellation request deadline is July 16, 2019. 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 Monday, May 16, 2019.

You must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) by providing 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.

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 interested in one of the Themed Living Learning Communities for the 2019–2020 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 LLCs/themed communities may require an additional 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 HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

Information Coming Soon!

I’M INTERESTED IN LIVING IN GENDER NEUTRAL AND INCLUSIVE THEMED HOUSING. HOW WILL THE HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

The Cal State LA Housing and Residence Life community provides a Gender Neutral and Inclusive housing option.  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 Neutral and Inclusive housing 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 Director of Housing and Residence Life inviting them to participate in a separate application process with detailed instructions to request qualification for placement into the community.

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE HONORS COLLEGE, HOW WILL THE HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS WORK FOR ME?

If you are requesting to reside on campus for the 2019–2020 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 FOR 2019-2020. DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS?

Yes. If you are requesting to reside on campus for the 2019–2020 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 2019–2020 HOUSING AGREEMENT BEGIN? WHEN CAN I MOVE IN?

New admits will be invited to move into their fall housing assignments by appointment on Saturday, August 17, 2019. 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 2019 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.