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University Housing

How to Apply

Getting Started on Your Housing Application

New student application will be available on April 7, 2020 at 6 p.m..

All students are eligible for on-campus housing. The housing application will ask you questions about yourself and your living preferences to help determine your best fit for on-campus housing. We operate on a first come, first served basis for all placements. Your position in the queue in the room assignment line is determined by the date you submit the Housing application AND submit your intent to Enroll (whichever date is the latest will be the date used).  

For students returning to live with University Housing a second year:

All returning residents may start applying on March 23, 2020 at 10 a.m. With only 150 returning residents spots available it is important to apply sooner rather than later! All returning resident placements are at University Village. Returning residents will be notified by April 10, 2020 if they have secured a bed space.

Before Applying for Housing

Get Admitted to California State University, Chico

  • Complete and submit your application for admission to Chico State.
  • After being accepted, activate your CSU, Chico Account. You can activate your portal account by going to the CSU Chico home page http://www.csuchico.edu/, click PORTAL near the top of the page and follow the New Student Account link.

Learn About Living On Campus

Research Your Options

  • Living on Campus

    • Do you want to live in a Theme Community?
    • Does your major require or strongly encourage you to select a certain community?
  • Which community fits your budget best?

  • What are your living and dining preferences?

    • What room types or bathroom styles are you looking for? Explore Your Options. While we do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences, we cannot guarantee that students will get their first choices. Have no fear! All of our communities are amazing and offer an unforgettable community experience!
    • Be aware that some options, such as single rooms, have very limited availability. If you require specific accommodation please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 who will connect with us on your behalf.
    • Which meal plan suits your needs?
  • Once you’ve decided what communities and options you’re interested in

    • Read the 2020-2021 Housing License Agreement (PDF) and Housing Policy Guide
    • Be prepared to pay a $300 non-refundable initial housing payment.
    • Gather appropriate information for application:
      • Wildcat ID number
      • Vaccination status
      • Room Preferences
      • Emergency and missing contact information
      • Parent/Guardian information & email (for those under 18)

How To Apply

Apply for Housing

Your application is also your contract;  make sure you understand your housing application and contract before you complete it.

Head to our website and look for our Apply for Housing Button, located beneath the left sidebar. You must activate your CSU Chico account beforehand and be sure to allow Pop-Ups in your browser for our site. Once you’ve logged in, fill out all profile questions and preferences.

Please be advised that when answering our profile questions to remember you will be in college and not have the same schedule you currently have now.  We also use our profile questions to match roommate pairs that did not participate in the Roommate Matching Process.

Apply for Themed Housing

If you want to be a part of our optional themed housing, follow these directions to give yourself the best chance of being placed in one of our amazing communities

  • Start your University Housing Application and proceed through all of our profile questions.
  • Upon completing your License Agreement you will be directed to a page inquiring about your interest in Themed Communities
  • Please ensure that you choose “Yes” from the drop down menu. This will direct you to our Themed Community Questions.
  • Upon reaching our Themed Community Questions page, please fill out the required questions and denote which community is the one you wish to join.
  • Upon completing your questions you will be moved to the next page titled Room Preferences. This is where you have the option of choosing your community and room type preference.
  • If you are wanting to live in a themed community, you must select the appropriate community that aligns with the theme.
    • Example: If you wish to live in the Wild About Business themed community, you must select Whitney Hall as your hall preference.
  • Proceed and fill out the rest of our application, pay our initial housing fee, and submit your application. 

After Applying

  • Submit Your Intent to Enroll
    • Before you can receive a room assignment, you must submit your intent to enroll in the University by June 1, 2020.  
    • You will receive a room assignment based on how early you completed your application AND submitted your intent to enroll.  Students who did not complete the application and submit their intent to enroll by May 31, 2020 will receive room assignments later in the summer.
  • Find a Roommate
    • Fill out the Roommate Questionnaire in your Resident Center
      • Please be as accurate and honest as possible as we want to try our best to match you with a great roommate!
      • Parents/Guardians/Support Systems: Now is the chance to let your student spread their wings! Please let your student fill out the questionnaire to ensure we get the most honest answer. This is during the application process not after.
    • Students who submitted their application and submitted their intent to enroll at the University will receive an email with instructions on our roommate matching process.
    • Participating in the roommate matching process will help you find a potential roommate. 

Roommate Matching Process

Please be advised that roommate requests are not guaranteed.

  • At this time, we are working concurrently with the Chancellor's Office and the Butte County Public Health Department to decide on how best to provide on-campus housing and dining services for our students while also ensuring their safety and well-being. While plans for the fall are still being finalized, we can share that we are committed to creating spaces that follow important distancing guidelines. Due to this we will once again be postponing roommate matching.

All Done?

Your next step is to submit your Intent to Enroll(opens in new window) to the University.  University Housing is first come first serve, your spot in the room assignment line is determined by the date you submit the Housing application AND submit your intent to Enroll (whichever date is the latest will be the date used).  

Students who submitted their application AND submitted their intent to enroll at the University will receive an email with instructions on our roommate matching process. Participating in the roommate matching process will help you find a potential roommate

Please make sure to check your Chico State Wildcat email often for communications and assignment instructions from University Housing. 

In the event you change your mind and need to cancel or are no longer coming to Chico State 

Please remember that the 2020-2021 University Housing License Agreement (PDF) that you signed while applying states that “ Any Licensee who wishes to terminate the License Agreement is responsible for completing the Cancellation Request located in the Resident Center(opens in new window), found on the University Housing website. Notifying any other university office does not satisfy Licensee’s obligation to submit a
Cancellation Request via the University Housing Resident Center(opens in new window)."  
The Licensee will forfeit their $300.00 initial housing payment upon cancellation and if canceling after the published deadline (July 20, 2020) a thirty (30) day written notice is required and cancellation is limited to the cancellation standards noted in the license agreement (PDF).   Please carefully read Section IV. Cancellation of License Agreement of the University Housing License Agreement (PDF) for cancellation deadlines and requirements.

Room Assignments

Room assignments will begin in July 2020 for students who completed their application by May 31, 2020.

You will receive a room assignment based on how early you completed your application AND submitted your intent to enroll.  Students who did not complete the application and submit their intent to enroll by May 31, 2020, will receive room assignments later in the summer.

Reassignment Requests

You might find that you want University Village’s apartment style rather than where you were assigned. Whatever the reasoning for wanting a reassignment, University Housing will start accepting room reassignment requests starting in late July.. Due to the limited spaces available, reassignment requests are not guaranteed.

Meal Plan Change Requests

Students assigned to University Village are default at Mini meal plan. All other communities are assigned with default Bidwell Plan. Meal Plan change requests are available starting in late July and ends September 4, 2020.