Brand new CSUB Campus Residence Halls opened September 2015!


IELC Housing Information

Campus Residence Halls

Living on campus provides a safe and conveniently located place to develop social relationships with other CSUB students. For more information, visit the Campus Housing website.

Residence Halls are brand new, furnished and just short walk from your classes. The dormitory includes basic cable television, wifi, utilities, community study and game rooms, and a friendly staff of student resident assistants to support you with life in the dormitory.

All rooms and bathrooms are shared with at least one other student. In most cases, you will be placed with another international student from another country. Kitchens are not available in the residence halls, so all students are required to purchase a meal plan for dining in the university cafeteria.

For a virtual tour please visit this site.


IELC Homestay Program

Homestay programs are available for students who wish to live with an American family and fully immerse themselves in the American culture. The family setting offers a great opportunity for students to experience American traditions and customs.

Students may share a bedroom a bathroom and lunch and dinner is provided. Students participating in the Homestay Program can expect to live in a single family homes with 3 - 4 bedrooms, 1 - 2 bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, garage, and backyard.

Students wishing to participate in the Homestay Program should complete the Student Homestay Application at this site:

Homestay costs are $1680 per 8 week term plus a $300 application/placement fee.

Please note that Homestay Network is not a part of IELC or CSUB, we will not be able to provide assistance with any homestay concerns.


Apartment Living 

Many students enjoy living in a private apartment off-campus. The university is surrounded by many affordable apartments which are within walking distance of the campus and shopping. Additionally, Bakersfield has a safe and efficient public transportation system, and many of the roads have bicycle lanes for easy bicycling in the city. 

IELC does not make apartment arrangements or recommendations for students. A local one-bedroom unfurnished apartments costs range from $500 to $1000 per month depending on the location, size and quality.

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