Frequently Asked Questions
Applying for Housing, Room Assignments and Payment Options
- Why should I live in the residence halls instead of off-campus?
- How do I apply for on-campus housing?
- How much does it cost to live in the residence halls?
- Can I stay for only one quarter?
- Do you have single occupancy rooms?
- When do I need to pay for housing?
- Do you have a meal plan?
- Are Freshmen guaranteed housing?
- How do you assign spaces and match roommates?
- Can I request a specific person to be my roommate?
- When do we get the room assignments?
- Is Summer housing available?
- Are the halls open during the quarter breaks?
Why should I live in the residence halls instead of off-campus?
Living on campus in the residence halls provides:
- Increased access to academic support resources
- A supportive learning environment
- Increased interaction with faculty
The fully furnished and carpeted apartments feature:
- Single and Double Bedrooms
- Major Appliances
- An On-Site Laundry Facility
- A Computer Lab
- Individual Internet Connections
- Theme Housing
- Living Learning Programs
- Community Recreation Rooms
- Basketball Courts
- A Barbeque & Picnic Area
- Meal Plans
How do I apply for on-campus housing?
Housing Applications are accepted beginning year around.
- Complete the Housing Application and mail it to the Housing office with a $40 check or money order made payable to CSUEB. Follow this link to access and download the Housing Application.
- After we have received your application, along with the $40 application fee, and verified your acceptance to the University, a Housing license packet will be made available for you to access via the Internet. The packet will contain payment information, the CSUEB Student Housing License Agreement, and Immunization, Emergency and Insurance Information request forms. You must download, complete and return all licensing documents, along with the appropriate payment, to complete the space reservation process.
- You are encouraged to complete and return your Housing license and associated forms as early as possible. Upon receipt of all licensing materials, a letter confirming your space reservation will be mailed to you.
For more information, contact the Student Housing and Residence Life Office at (510) 885-7444.
How much does it cost to live in the residence halls?
Rental rates for the contract period are provided in the license packet. Follow this link to access and download the current Housing Payment Schedule. Meal plans, utilities, furniture, and basic cable are all included in the rent rates.
Can I stay for only one quarter?
Students starting in the Fall Quarter sign a License Agreement that is binding for the full academic year (three quarters, September through June). Students starting in the Winter Quarter sign a two-quarter License Agreement, and Spring and Summer quarter residents sign separate one-quarter License Agreements. A student with a qualifying reason may be released from the Housing License, with 30 days notice at the end of a quarter.
Do you have single occupancy rooms?
Yes. Single occupancy bedrooms are available in the upper division apartments.
All other rooms are assigned double occupancy.
When do I need to pay?
Beginning in mid-May, license materials will be mailed to those students who have submitted an application for the Fall Quarter. A space reservation deposit must be returned with the licensing materials to complete the space reservation process. An initial payment must be included with a License Agreement to complete the space reservation process. If the License Agreement is being completes after August 1, please follow the payment plan dates on the Payment Schedule.
Is there a meal plan available?
A number of options are available to select from and are dependent on which community you are living in. Meal plans are tied to specific communities. Students living in the suites without full kitchens (typically first-time freshment and international students) have meal plan options that are all equal to approximately 19 meals per week. Students living in the apartments with full kitchens have meal plan options that are all equal to approximately 7 meals per week.
How do you assign spaces and match roommates?
Your priority for a specific housing assignment is established based on the date the licensing materials are received in our office.
For those not requesting a specific roommate, matches are made based on age, class level and major.
Can I request a specific person to be my roommate?
Yes. On the Housing License materials, there is a space to indicate "Roommate Preference." Both students must request each other on their License materials for the roommate request to be considered.
How do we get the housing assignment?
You will be sent your room assignment via email. However, if Housing recieves your License materials after Labor day, you may not recieve your assignment until you move in.
Are the residents halls open during the quarter break?
The apartments and suites are open during the winter and spring breaks. Those with sumer contracts may also stay for the summer break period.
What do I need to bring if I live in the residentce halls?
Suggested items to bring are a clock radio, desk lamp, bedding (pillow, pillowcases, sheets for extra long twin bed), blankets, bedspread, towels, clothes, laundry soap, toiletries, dishes, cooking utensils, a trunk or footlocker with a lock, broom and mop, computer, TV, etc.
What type of social activities and events occurs in the residence halls?
Our programmatic philosophy embraces the ideal that learning is a continuous process, therefore we provide a living-learning environment. Our staff assists students in this endeavor by providing opportunities to expand their horizons through academic, social, cultural, recreational and service oriented programs. These programs support the educational goals of residents here in Pioneer heights. In addition, these programs are designed to give students tools to successfully become effective citizens both today and and in the future. Some examples of these programs include:
- Time Management Workshops designed to help students learn to find balance between the classroom, employment and extracurricular activities.
- Study Skills Workshops designed to help our students increase their knowledge on how to study for college courses and how much time should be designated for each subject.
- Film Festivals give students exposure to different cultures and lifestyles.
- Alcohol Educational Workshops
- In Residence Artist Performances
- Spring Break Excursions
Is there a telephone line in my room?
Each resident is provided a telephone lines. Residents must contact a service provider of their choice to establish phone service.
Can I bring a TV and stereo?
Students can bring both. Keep in mind that each living room is equipped with a DVR from Comcast and each bedroom has a cable connection as well. Students who wish to have expanded cable TV and/or additional DVRs will need to contact the localComcast directly to establish a personal account and have these services connected and billed directly to them.
Do I need a car when I live on campus? Is public transportation convenient?
Students do not need a car. A variety of convenient and affordable transportation options are available to residents. For those students bringing a car to campus, information regarding parking permits can be found in the following link: http://www.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/parking/student_parking_fee.html.
What recreation facilities are available?
Two community recreation rooms are available, each with a big screen TV, Billiard, Foosball and Ping-Pong tables. The University Fitness Center is located conveniently across the street. Basketball courts along with a barbecue and picnic area are located on the nicely landscaped grounds.