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This Fees FAQ page is all about housing fees and money matters. If you have question on whether or not your scholarship or financial aid will cover your housing fees, click on the links below to find out. If you have other question you would like answer, please contact the Student Housing office at 661.654.3014 or email us at email@example.com.
Does it cost to apply for Housing?
A: Yes, you will need to pay a $50 non-refundable application fee.
You will need to pay the $300 Down Payment to reserve your room space.
You will not be able to reserve your room space until you pay the $300 down payment.
Will my Financial Aid pay for my housing application fees?
A: Financial Aid does not get disbursed until close to the start of the school year. It is better to pay the application fee and down payment out-of-pocket in order to reserve your space in housing and to get your name on the Wait List if there is a Wait List.
If you are on an athletic scholarship or if you know that another CSUB department will be covering your Housing application fees and Down Payment, please contact that Department and ask that they send the Housing office a written notification that they will be covering your fees.
Will my Financial Aid pay for my housing fees?
A: It depends on how much aid you will be receiving. Check with your financial aid advisor and see if your financial aid will cover your quarterly fees. Note that Financial Aid will pay your tuition and other university fees first before it pays for your housing fees. If there is a balance in housing after your aid has paid out, you are responsible for paying the remaining balance.
How much does it cost to live on campus?
Below is the payment schedule and cost per academic year.
Academic Year 2014-2015
You will need to add the cost per room space with the meal plan cost in order to get the total cost per quarter. For example: If you have reserved a double room for the fall quarter which cost $1,955 and the required meal plan cost $1,522.56, your total cost for the fall quarter will be $3,477.56. You will need to do this calculation for both the winter and spring quarter as well.
When are my housing fees due?
Your housing fees are due each quarter on:
- Fall quarter: October 1
- Winter quarter: January 1
- Spring quarter: April 1
Does Housing offer a payment plan?
A: Yes, we offer a payment plan. Here's the application: Housing Payment Plan Application.
You may pick up a Housing Payment Plan application at the Housing office or you may email Ashley Scott at (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a payment plan. Remember to give any helpful information such as name, phone number, and student ID when you email Ashley.
The payment plan is per quarter. Your housing fees need to be paid off by the last day of the quarter.
Is parking included in the housing fees?
A: No, parking permits are not included in the housing fees. Please go to the Cashier's Office homepage for more information on purchasing your parking pass and refer to the “How do I purchase a Parking permit online?” section for further instructions on purchasing a parking permit.
Where do I pay for my housing fees?
A: To pay your housing fees, you may take cash, check, cashier’s check, or a money order to the Cashier’s office located on campus. You may also pay for them online by credit card through your myCSUB portal. If paying by credit card online, there is a service fee associated.
What do my housing fees pay for?
A: Your housing fees pay for rent and a meal plan for the quarter plus WiFi, utilities, basic cable, light housing-keeping, and semi-furnished unit.
Why should I live on campus instead of off campus?
After checking out the housing fees, you probably think that on-campus costs 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
- Semi-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 your 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!
Do I have to have a Meal Plan?
A: Yes, all residents are required to have a meal plan.
How can I change my Meal Plan?
A: Go to: Campus Dish - Meal Plan. At the bottom of the page there is a light blue button “Meal Plan Sign Up”. Fill in the information and choose the appropriate meal plan. Submit the information and your meal plan will be changed accordingly.
Do I have to pick a meal plan each quarter?
A: No, you do not need to pick a new meal plan each quarter. You will have the same meal plan from last quarter unless you want to change it to fit your needs.
I am having problems choosing/changing my meal plan.
A: If you are unable to choose or change your meal plan, you will need to contact food services directly. Call Aramark food services, at (661) 654-6459. Aramark food service office is located inside the Runner Café.
Student Housing and Residence Life
California State University, Bakersfield
9051 Stockdale Highway - COM58
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