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This Housing FAQ page has been added to answer any question you may have about Housing from applying for on-campus housing to how to roommate with your friend to finding out the status of your housing application. If you have other question that is not listed below, please send your question to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Questions 1 to 6 are newly added questions added on November 6, 2014.
How much of a cost difference is there from fall quarter to winter?
A: Below is the difference in Housing price between the fall and winter quarter.
- The difference between a double room (fall) and a double suite (winter/spring) is $278.88 per quarter.
- The difference between a triple room (fall) and a triple suite (winter/spring) is $159.00 per quarter.
Do I have to pay anything additional to apply if I am a current resident?
A: No, you do not need to pay any additional fees to apply if you are a current resident living on campus.
Is it possible for a freshman to sign up with upperclassmen on the FYE floors?
A: No, if you are not a first time freshmen, you cannot choose a room in the First Year Experience LLC.
Are there still rooms available? Why can’t I see them?
A: Yes, there are still rooms available. If you already have chosen a room, you can’t access the room selection page again unless you cancel your room. If you are interested in what’s available, but don’t want to lose your space, feel free to call the office or bring your laptop (if you like) to the office.
If the other rooms are full, will unreserved LLC Community rooms be opened to everyone?
A: The only requirements for the Wellness & Sustainability LLC (Pinyon 4th Floor) and the Sociology LLC (Pinyon 2nd Floor) are that you choose to be in those communities. They are open to all academic years and majors.
The Nursing/Honors/Sensational Sophomores LLC is open only to those students that are qualify as one of the listed groups (Nursing/Science majors, Honors Students, or Sensational Sophomores).
The open rooms in these communities may be filled by new residents that qualify. If they are not, we will explore opening them up to everyone.
When can non- residents sign up?
A: New residents will be able to select rooms as of November 17th.
How do I apply for Housing?
A: You may apply for housing by visiting our Housing Application portal: Apply Here!
* Please note that you must be admitted to CSUB in order to apply for housing.
What room types do you offer?
To assist you in deciding which room type you would like to live in, please check out these videos of our former residents' rooms.
Available during Fall 2014:
- Single (One person to a room)
- Double (Two people to a room)
- Super Double (Two people to a room. The size of this room is bigger than the regular double)
- Triple (Three people to a room)
- Super Triple (Three people to a room. The size of this room is bigger than the regular triple)
Fall residents will all move to the new housing facility come January 2015. The new facility offers single, double, and triple room types. You may view a design of the rooms on the "Your New Home at CSUB" page.
My friend and I would like to live with each other. How can my friend and I be roommates?
A: Yes, you can! Follow the instructions below and you may be able to roommate with your friend!
- Fill out your roommate profile on your application.
- You can utilize the search options in the application portal to find someone or be found.
- You can also email potential roommate through the portal.
- OR you can communicate with your desired roommate and select the same room.
Rooms are filled at a first come, first serve basis, so sign up as soon as possible! Apply for Housing here!
What are my chances of getting into housing?
A: Room space is on a first-come-first serve basis. You have a higher chance of getting space for the upcoming school year if you apply and pay the application fee and down payment early when the housing application opens.
If you applied and are placed on the Wait List, depending on where you are on the Wait List, you may have a chance of getting a space.
We cannot guarantee that you will get a space but we encourage you to apply early to ensure that you will have room space for the upcoming academic year.
What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
Living on campus gives you access to a new world of opportunities in a dynamic university environment. The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life is proud to offer four Living Learning Communities (LLCs). We reserved specific floors in the residence halls where you can live with other students that share either a common major or interest. The LLCs are designed to promote your academic and personal success and to help you make the most of your educational goals. There are many benefits to living in an LLC such as gaining more direct access to faculty, the opportunity to be involved in programs designed around your success, and living in a supportive environment with people that share common interests/goals.
We offer four Living Learning Communities: First Year Experience (FYE), Nursing, Sociology, and Wellness & Sustainability
- The First Year Experience (FYE) is designed to support incoming freshmen in the transition to college life. The programs are both social and academic and faculty and staff across the University get involved. Rivendell Hall is designated as the FYE hall along with some other rooms in the other residential halls. Space is limited.
- The Nursing Floor is located on the third (3rd) floor of Lorien hall and it is open to females majoring in Nursing/Pre-Nursing and science. It is a supportive and committed community of students dedicated to the fields of Science and Nursing. Space is very limited.
- The Sociology Floor is open to all Sociology majors, minors, and people that are interested in Sociology. It is located on the second (2nd) floor of Numenor, which is a Mixed Gender Floor. Space is limited.
- The Wellness & Sustainability Community LLC is open to all students and is focused on health and wellness. Students in this community will have the opportunity to participate in programs and activities that focus on multiple aspects of health, wellness and sustainability. Rohan residential hall has been designated for this LLC. Space is limited.
How can I find out my application status if I am on the Wait List?
A: If there are no available room space for you to choose when you applied for Housing, you will be put on the Wait List.
You will receive an email notifying you that your application has been received and that you have been placed on the Wait List for whichever number that you are placed. Please remember that application are received on a first come-first serve basis and that your application will be placed according to when you applied.
You will receive an email letting you know that you have moved up on the list once someone has cancelled.
If you have not received any email update on your application status, that means that there has been no movement on the Wait List.
If a room becomes available and you are up for the open space, you will receive an email offering you the open space. You will then need to respond to the email to accept the offered space.
How do I move in?
There are several steps that you are required to complete before moving in.
1. Apply for housing.
2. Pay the $50 Application fee.
3. Pay the $300 down payment.
4. Reserve your room. *
* If there are currently no rooms available, you will be placed on the wait list. Once there is a space available, and you are the next on the wait list, you will be offered the space. Once you accept, your room is reserved.
After these steps are completed, you will be informed of your move-in day. On that specified date, you will come to the housing office in order to complete the final steps. *A valid picture identification is required!*
1. Fill out the appropriate paperwork.
- Housing License Agreement
- This form is the rental agreement for the space. This agreement is in full effect until the end of the appropriate academic year.
- Meningicoccal Form
- This form is information about meningicoccal meningitis. This form is not agreeing to anything; it is merely information about the illness that we are required to inform you of.
- Under 18 Addendum
- This form is only for residents who are under 18 years of age at the time of move-in day.
2. After filling this paperwork out, you will receive your new dorm key and a Hall Inventory sheet. This sheet should be filled out before moving your belongings into the space. You will need to carefully go through the listed items and note their conditions using words such as, "Good." "Scratches." "OK.", on each individual item. This sheet protects you from receiving any unnecessary damage charges when the end of the academic year comes.
* This needs to be returned within 48 hours to the Housing office or Drop Slot in the laundry room.
3. Once you have filled out the Hall Inventory Sheet, you are free to move your belongings into your room and begin to enjoy your new life with CSUB Housing!
I hear that you are building new residence halls. When will it be open?
A: CSUB Housing East will be open to house residents in January 2015.
All residents who live on campus during the 2014-2015 academic year will move into the new residence halls in January 2015.
Where is the Housing Office on campus?
A: It is located on the west end of campus inside the University Grill. We are in the C2 region of the campus map.
Am I allowed to have someone stay overnight with me?
A: Yes, you are allowed to have an overnight guest. You may request an overnight guest by applying and register your overnight guest via our Overnight Guest Registry page.
Please read and note the Overnight Guest Policy.
Why should I live on campus instead of off campus?
After checking out the housing fees, you probably think that on-campus cost more than living off campus. Check out the comparison chart below that we have compiled based on the information we received from the apartments in the Greater Bakersfield area.On-Campus vs. Off-Campus housing comparision chart
Here are some of the benefits of living on campus:
- No commute
- Furnished unit
- Easy access to campus facilities
- Faculty involvement; Living Learning Communities are available
- Community activities and programs
- Department of Public Safety patrols area
- Free wireless internet and basic cable TV provided
- Utilities are included
- Your license agreement is for your bed space only. There are no joint license agreements and you are not responsible for your roommates expenses (with the exception of damage billing).
- Rent is billed on university student account
- If you receive a sufficient amount of Financial Aid, your package could be utilized to pay all of your housing fees directly.
- 24 Hour access to support and community services through the Office of Residence Life
- It's a really fun and safe place to live!
Meal Plan included!
Residents are required to have a meal plan.
How do I move out at the end of the academic year?
At the end of the academic year, you will receive all of the information and paperwork necessary to move-out of your space.
1. Original Hall Inventory Sheet
- You will receive your Hall Inventory sheet that you turned in after your move-in day. You will be completing the Check-Out side of the sheet this time.
** Please fill this out once you have removed your belongings so you will have the final condition of all of the items
2. Express Check-Out Envelope
- After you have filled out your Hall Inventory sheet, you will place your key and your Hall inventory into this envelope. Seal the envelope and fill out the front yellow paper. Return the envelope to the Housing Office.
Once you have returned your envelope to the housing office, you are ready to go home and enjoy your Summer Vacation!
How do can I get rental verification that I lived in Student Housing?
A: For rental verifications, please have the apartment and/or housing manager email the rental verification form to Salina at email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have to sign a release form with the apartment’s managing office before Student Housing can verify your previous rental with Student Housing.
As always, our office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding Student Housing.
Student Housing and Residence Life
California State University, Bakersfield
8501 Stockdale Highway - 68 SHE
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Office: (661) 654-3014
Fax: (661) 654-2491
RAs are on duty Monday to Friday from 5PM - 8AM
Weekends from 5PM Friday to 8AM Monday