Housing Selection

(Current Cal State LA Students Only)

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.

Important housing process updates for 2020-2021

Given the evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to determine at this time what changes to operations in student housing and residential life may occur in Academic Year 2020-2021. Consequently, we are not offering a housing guarantee at this time and are scheduled to close the online housing application on Thursday, July 2, 2020. We will make a concerted effort to provide timely updates as we know more; please check our webpage and your email account for the latest information.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Housing and Residence Life will process housing assignments for returning students entirely online and will accommodate deadline extensions. Students who apply for housing online and choose to indicate their choice of roommates/housemates will have their bed spaces confirmed by Housing and Residence Life. In the event that confirmed roommates have been incorrectly assigned within the same apartment, students can request roommate swaps.

  • Online Application/Agreement and $340 Initial Payment Due May 7, 2020 (App Closes on July 2)
  • Roommate Search Wizard available June 1-June 5 (Process disconntinued)
  • Bed space assignment process
  • TB Clearance requirement moved to Aug.7, 2020
  • Reminders
    • New! 9-month housing agreement 
    • 2020-21 Room and Board Rates below

Rates

2020–2021 Academic Year* Rates

Dble Rate Single Room & Meal Plan

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Academic Year
Option

Payment Method

Due

5/7/20

Due 

8/15/20 Includes $100 security dep. & $30 program fee

Due 

12/11/20

Includes $30 program fee

Due

1/11/21

Total Cost

Includes $100 security dep., $60 program fee & $40 app. fee

17-Meal Plan

Semester

Installment

$340

$340

$6,695.50

$6,695.50

$6,895.50

$3,447.75

N/A

$3,447.75

$13,931.00

$13,931.00

14-Meal Plan w/ $100

Semester

Installment

$340

$340

$6,604.00

$6,604.00

$6,794.00

$3,402.00

N/A

$3,402.00

$13,738.00

$13,748.00

14-Meal Plan

(Min. Req.)

Semester

Installment

$340

$340

$6,504.00

$6,504.00

$6,704.00

$3,352.00

N/A

$3,352.00

$13,548.00

$13,548.00

 

Important Highlights for 20-21 Housing Process

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 process is 100% 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 20-21 housing process.
  • The Housing Application/Agreement will open from February 20 to May 7 (11 weeks) to allow ample time for students to participate in the process.
  • Medical Accommodation Request Process and updated deadlines are outlined in the FAQ section.
  • Housing Waitlist Process — Students who are unable to meet the extended deadline 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).
  • Online Tutorial has been updated to reflect the changes to the 2020-2021 Housing Process.

Housing Selection Eligibility Criteria

Students who have completed the online Housing Application/Agreement and paid the $340 initial payment by 5 p.m. (PST) Thursday, May 7, will receive a notification via their Cal State LA email on Wednesday, May 13, informing them of their eligibility status.

If you have completed the online Housing Application/Agreement and satisfied the $340 initial payment by the deadline and have not received an e-mail by, May 13, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life by email [email protected] with proof of payment and completion so that we may review your account. Requests for review must be received no later than May 15.

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 or past evictions that have permanently restricted them from residing in university-managed properties.

The 2020-2021 Housing Process (Step-by-Step)

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

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
  3. Roommate Search Wizard
  4. Room Assignment – Housing Placement Process
  5. TB Clearance *Required for Fall Move-in

Step 1: Online Housing Application/Agreement Process Due by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020 (Student Profile, Room Type Preferences, Meal Plan, Payment Schedule, Renter’s insurance) (App Closes on July 2)

During this step in the process, students are required to complete the online Housing Application, student profile, meal-plan selection, payment-schedule option, renter’s insurance option, and Housing Agreement by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 7. Applications and $340 initial payments received after 5 p.m. on May 7, will be considered late, but these applicants may still participate in the housing waitlist process.

  • 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 and 4 of the housing process. 
  • Submit online the 2020–2021 Housing License Agreement and pay the $340 fee online when redirected to CashNet. If you pay cash or with a check, please email a copy of your receipt to [email protected]. (Available online on February 20, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on May 7). 
  • All submissions will be reviewed for eligibility.

Step 2: $340 Initial Payment due by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 7. (App Closes on July 2)

Payment Options:

  1. 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 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. 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: Search, Select and Confirm your roommate/housemate (June 1-5) 

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. 

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

Do I need to participate in Step 3: Roommate Search Wizard?

  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 3 (roommate search wizard) prior to the Assignment Process. All students must have completed an online application, paid all fees and confirm a mutual request by June 5 deadline.
     
  2. Application with Roommates and Housemates: If a group of students is 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 3 (Roommate Search Wizard) by the June 5 deadline. All students must have complete an online Application and License Agreement paid all fees and confirmed a mutual roommate request. 
     
  3. Application without Roommates: Students may participate in the Housing Application Process as an individual and are not required to request a roommate/housemate. Once they complete the online Housing Application/Agreement and Initial Payment, we will assign them to an available bed space during the Assignment Process using the profile questionnaire answers to find the best available roommate match.

STEP 4: Room Assignments – Housing Placement Process (June 2020)

Returning student housing placements will be processed in the order of their lottery position number. Lottery position numbers will be calculated based on the criteria outlined below. Lottery position notification and confirmation of eligibility to move forward in the process will be sent to your Cal State LA email address by Thursday, May 28, 2020. Room-type preferences requested during the application process will be considered during the assignment process but are not guaranteed. Students will receive an email confirming their room reservation and required next steps to their Cal State LA email account by the end of June 2020.

If a student is deemed ineligible to proceed to the housing placement process due to an incomplete application, 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.

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.

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

Step 5: TB Clearance due Tuesday, July 14. (This step is required to clear fall move-in)

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 14, 2020. 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. 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.

I don’t have access to a fax machine what can I do?  Students who do not have access to a fax machine or have limitations to send a fax internationally another option for will be to upload a pdf version of your completed TB Screening Questionnaire and send an electronic fax using services such as www.faxzero.com

  1. 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.    

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 2020–2021 Housing Room and Board Rates?

Our 2020–2021 housing fees are currently posted on our website. 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 permits students to satisfy housing payments either by semester (2 payments) or by installments (4 payments). Students also have the option to work with the University Loans and Collections Office on alternative payment plan contracts for additional payment options.

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 programs, 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 a 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 process concludes 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, 2023, 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 balance due for fall 2020 & spring 2021?

Fall 2020 housing fees will be posted to your student account no later than mid-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 May 7 application or payment deadline? Is the housing waitlist process 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 process. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a student’s application and room reservation if student defaults on payments, judicial sanctions, has a conduct issue or is not enrolled in the number of units required.

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 cancellation 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 consultation 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 Friday, May 15.
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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 Community (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 not 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 housing 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, and a $340 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 living in Gender Inclusive Housing. How will the housing 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 housing 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 application 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 several days prior. Continuing students and New Admits will be invited to move into their fall housing assignments by appointment only. 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.