International Student and Scholar Services

Housing

Students who are admitted to the University should immediately apply for housing.  At this time, students may live either on or off campus - you choose!

  • Overview of Your Housing Options in Chico
  • CSU, Chico Rental Housing Certificate Program

    Why international students should complete the CSU, Chico Rental Housing Certification Program TODAY:

    • It is free and helpful!
    • This short online course will explain your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in the United States.  It will teach you the vocabulary you need to communicate effectively with your future landlord and will explain the laws that govern our rental processes in the United States.  Many American students take this course, too!
    • After you successfully complete a short exam at the end, you will earn a certificate of completion. 
    • You can combine this certificate with your I-20 to replace the co-signer requirement with specific landlords in Chico who participate in the University’s Wildcat Housing Connections Program (see link below).
    • This certificate will be yours to keep until you graduate, so you can use it again the future.

    Four easy steps for completing the CSU, Chico Rental Housing Certification Program:

    1. Take the short free-online course (PDF)
    2. Complete the online exam
    3. Send us an email and we will go to the Housing office to pick up your certificate and will email it to you. Note – You must email us after you complete the exam so that we know to pick up the certificate.
    4. Consult the List of landlords who participate in the Wildcat Housing Connections program (and accept the certificate) Note – only the links with a thumbs up icon still have space.
  • University Housing

    There are many options for university housing.  We highly recommend our Living Learning Communities, especially the Global Experience House.  The Global Experience House in Konkow Hall offers students the opportunity to meet and live with international/American students from a variety of different countries and cultures. 

    A live-in Resident Advisor provides social and educational programming for both domestic and international students specifically catered to enhancing an understanding of diversity, culture, and traditions.  Space is limited to 13 bed-spaces, occupied by both international and domestic students.  This unique combination of residence hall atmosphere and apartment-style living promises to provide an enriching experience for students seeking to broaden their minds and meet others from around the world!

    For all of our university housing options, visit CSU, Chico University Housing. 

    *Due to limited space in University housing, it is suggested you apply as early as possible*

    ATTENTION! PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE MOVE-OUT DATE FOR UNIVERSITY HOUSING IS THE LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO PLAN AHEAD AND SECURE ALTERNATE OR TEMPORARY HOUSING IF NEEDED.

  • Private Housing

    There are many options for renting privately owned apartments, houses, and rooms. If you choose this option, you must finalize your housing arrangement prior to arrival in Chico.  Trying to find housing after you arrive will be extremely difficult.

    Private Housing Options

    Off-Campus Housing Connections: This page lists apartment complexes and property management companies with whom CSU, Chico has a partnership. The University highly recommends contacting these companies first!

    All Off-Campus Housing

    Find a Roommate: This is a student-to-student housing board. You can post here to try and connect with a roommate who is a CSU, Chico student.

  • Homestay Families

    This agency finds local host families for students: International Homestay Agency of Northern California 

  • Temporary Housing

    Upon request, International Education and Global Engagement can provide a list of temporary housing options that are suitable for newly arrived international students. Please send an email message to isss@csuchico.edu for more information.