Housing & Dining

International, exchange, and NSE student housing

The International Programs Office coordinates campus housing for all Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB, National Student Exchange (NSE), and first-time Degree-Seeking international students in coordination with the Office of Student Housing & Residential Life.

Student Housing
  • International Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB and NSE students will work directly with the International Programs office for room assignments. *National Student Exchange students should select the International Housing Application to ensure we reserve your space.
  • International Degree-Seeking students will work directly with the International Programs office for room assignments and will only begin working with the Office of Student Housing & Residential Life for room assignments after the first semester on campus.

Priority deadline

Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

Housing assignments are completed on a first come, first served basis. Students who apply early have a greater chance to be placed according to their preferences listed on the application. You will still be able to apply after the priority deadline.

All housing assignments are made based on:

  • Age requirements
  • Space availability
  • Application submission date (first come, first served)

Please note that your housing preference is not guaranteed.

Steps to apply

Step 1: Submit a housing application

After you have applied, you will be assigned a CSUMB username. Your CSUMB username will give you access to your csumb.edu/dashboard student account. Once logged in, click on "My Housing," which will take you to your housing dashboard.

What is my username?

Step 2: Wait for your housing assignment & pay your reservation deposit

Note that this charge may or may not appear on your student account, but you are responsible for paying it even if it does not appear on your account. This deposit will be credited towards your housing balance.

The deposit can be paid via csumb.flywire.com. If you choose to pay for this via OASIS (formerly called CMS), your deposit will be returned as a U.S. paper check.

For those who apply by the deadline, housing assignments are typically communicated in early-mid August for Fall semesters, and in early-mid January for Spring semesters.

Housing options

Some residences require meal plans and others do not. It's important to closely compare housing & meal plan options to determine what is best for you. Please note that your housing preference is not guaranteed.

Compare housing options

Residence Halls

  • Required for Freshman Degree-Seeking Students
  • ALCP, Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB & NSE Students

North Quad

  • ALCP, Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB & NSE Students
  • Sophmore, Junior, Senior & Graduate Students

Promontory

  • ALCP, Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB & NSE Students
  • Sophmore, Junior, Senior & Graduate Students

East Campus

  • Students with Families (proof of dependents required)
  • Degree-Seeking students with 60 or more units completed (Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students)
  • PLEASE NOTE: East Campus is very sparsely furnished. If you choose this option, please expect to purchase more household necessities than if you were to live on Main Campus (kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, Internet router & modem, etc.). East Campus is also much further from campus facilities than other options, and most students will need to take public transportation or bike to get to campus.

What to bring/buy

Recommended

  • Blankets/ pillows
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothing hangers
  • Cookware/ eating Utensils
  • Laptop
  • First Aid Kit
  • Form of valid ID
  • Laundry detergent
  • Medication
  • Seasonal clothing (layers)
  • School supplies
  • Sheets (U.S. size 'Twin Extra Long')
  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wastebaskets/trash cans

Optional

  • Alarm clock
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Ethernet cable
  • Flashlight
  • Filing cabinet
  • Microwave 850 watts or less
  • Printer
  • Surge protector
  • TV/DVD/Radio
  • 5.2 Cu. Ft. Mini Refrigerator

Do not bring

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Air conditioners
  • Burners or hot plates
  • Candles
  • Ceiling fans/lights
  • Electric heaters
  • Extension cords
  • Exposed element heating devices
  • Fireworks, explosives, unsafe
  • Chemicals
  • Halogen lamps
  • Incense
  • Pets
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons

PLEASE NOTE: East Campus is very sparsely furnished. If you choose this option, please expect to purchase more household necessities than if you were to live on Main Campus.

Dining services and meal plans

There are several dining venues on campus and meal plans are available for those who would like to grab a snack or enjoy a healthy and delicious meal! For some on-campus residences, meal plans are required. Other on-campus residences are equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes. No matter if you live on or off campus, a variety of meal plans are available to meet your needs. Compare housing and meal plan options to decide what's right for you.

Meal plan required:

  • Residence Halls: Cypress, Asilomar, Willet, Manzanita, Avocet, Tortuga, Yarrow and Sanderling
  • North Quad: Pinnacles and Vineyard Suites

No meal plan required:

  • North Quad: Strawberry Apartments
  • Promontory
  • East Campus Apartments

Pick which meal plan is right for you

You may choose your preferred plan when you complete your housing application.

Meal plan options/costs Learn more about CSUMB dining

Internet access, cable TV & phones

The university provides a high-speed wireless and wired network access, and basic cable television to CSUMB faculty, students, staff, and guests. Landline phone services are available upon request along with discounted cellular phone services. Please note that East Campus residents will be responsible for purchasing their own modem and router for internet connection.

Find out more about each of these services:

Networks and internet access

Cable television

Phones