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Travel Information

Arrival in Chico-Fall 2015

We recommend that you fly into Sacramento International Airport (SMF).  Chico is approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of SMF.  CSU, Chico has arranged van transportation from SMF to Chico August 14, 15, and 16.  This service is free to you as a new international student.  On each of these days, the van will leave SMF at 5:00pm so your flight must arrive no later than 4:00pm.  Reservations for this service are required by July 31 and are on a first come first served basis.  To make a reservation, email with the date, time and flight number of your arrival.  If you will be making your own arrangements for transportation to Chico, please refer to the CSU, Chico website for suggestions.

What to Expect at the Airport

When you first arrive in the U.S. (even if you have not reached your final destination yet), you will get off the plane, and go through immigration and customs. The immigration officer will want to see your passport, visa, and I-20 or DS-2019. Many airports record the fingerprints of international students. This is a standard U.S. security procedure. After going through immigration, you will collect your suitcases and take your bags through customs. They will ask about the contents of your bags. They may open your suitcases. Do not bring fruits, vegetables, meat, or other fresh foods into the U.S.

Temporary Housing-Fall 2015

If you will be living in University Housing during the academic year:  Move in dates are typically assigned to you by UHFS (University Housing and Food Service) for a date between August 17 and August 20.  To ensure that you can move in on August 17, you will need to submit a "Move-in Date Change" through the
Resident Center link on the UHFS website.

If you will be living off-campus during the academic year: Multiple downtown hotels offer an International Student Discount.  If you are in need of temporary accommodations, please contact each hotel directly.  We make no guarantees regarding the availability, condition of rooms, or hotel rates, as these hotels are not affiliated with the University.  You must inform the hotel staff at the time of making the reservation that you are a new international student, and you must request the "international student discounted rate".

Heritage Inn - Discount rate is $72 per night.  Please email the Hotel Manager directly to make a reservation: Jenn,

University Inn - Discount rate is $66 per night.  It is best to call the reception desk to make a reservation (Tele: 530-895-1323)

Quality Inn - Discount rate is $75 per night.  Please email the hotel to make a reservation: