Study Abroad & Exchange

Incoming: Arrival


Air Travel

Sacramento – SMF – is the closest airport to Chico. This is approximately 90 miles, an hour and a half drive. San Francisco Airport is about 200 miles and over a three-hour drive north. Oakland is 180 miles and close to a three-hour drive north.

Recommendation: We strongly suggest that you fly into Sacramento, SMF.

Local Transit Once in Chico

Due to the shortage of available parking on campus and in downtown Chico, we encourage you to use alternative methods of transportation including the free local transportation system, cycling, and walking.

B-Line Butte Regional Transit
(530)342-0221, Extension #3
(800)822-8145, Extension #3

Temporary Housing

Hotels close to campus
Heritage Inn Express: 725 Broadway, 530-343-4527,
Vagabond Inn: 630 Main Street, 530-895-1323,
Days Inn: 740 Broadway, 530-343-3286,

Hotels a few miles to campus
Best Western: 25 Heritage Lane, 530-894-8600,
Oxford Suites: 2035 Business Lane, 530-899-9090,
Courtyard Marriott: 2481 Carmichael Drive, 530-894-6699,

***Important Update: Following the Camp Fire, temporary housing has been few and far between to access. We STRONGLY recommend that you have your housing accommodation for your time at CSU, Chico taken care of BEFORE you arrive in Chico. 


From Sacramento Airport

Follow the signs to I-5 south toward Sacramento. Approximately two miles from the airport, follow signs to Hwy. 99 north and 70 going to Marysville and Chico. Where the road divides, follow the signs to Hwy. 99 north to Chico. Once in Chico, exit Hwy. 99 at Hwy. 32 turning left onto East 8th Street. Continue west to Chestnut Street. Turn right on Chestnut St. and continue north for 6 blocks to West 2nd Street and the University.

From San Francisco Airport

Exit the airport, following the signs to US 101 North. Merge on to I-80 East toward Bay Bridge/Oakland. Continue on I-80 East to Sacramento/Vallejo. Merge onto I-505 North toward Redding/Winters. Follow the signs to I-5 North. Turn east on Hwy. 32 into Chico to West 2nd Street. Turn left on West 2nd Street and head east toward the University.


Click on the following links for maps of the area:

NSE Contact

Coordinator: Jacob Edington
Telephone: +1-530-898-5415
Student Service Center 440