Where should I live? A housing break down

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All first-year students are required to live in on-campus housing and your residence hall will serve as your home-base. It will be where you meet best friends, make new connections, and where you grow and learn more about the world around you.

Every residence hall at CSU provides these opportunities, but we want you to have the chance to mold your experience to meet your unique goals. That’s where our custom housing options come in.

What to consider when choosing the right hall


Most of our 15 residence halls are located in two distinct areas on the west side of campus.

If you’re looking to be close to Morgan Library, the University Center for the Arts, or the new on-campus stadium, then our south housing area may be right for you. If you’re more concerned with being near the Rec Center, Moby Arena, or off-campus restaurants, then check out the north housing area.

Browse our interactive housing map to explore each area further.


We’ve taken some extra steps to make sure you’re as comfortable as can be in your residence hall.

  • Your health and nutritional needs are important. That’s why our dining halls offer gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and international options.
  • Live with whomever makes you most comfortable, regardless of gender, in our open housing area.
  • Never forget your laundry again. With our online LaundryView program, you can  check your laundry online and get a text alert when your laundry is done or a machine opens up.
  • Need a microwave or mini fridge? We offer rental options.

Residential Learning Communities

Not only can you preference where to live, but you can also preference who to live with. That’s where Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) come in.

RLCs allow you to surround yourself with students who have similar academic or personal interests. Are you an international student? We offer a community where you’ll live with others from around the globe. Want to live with fellow creatives? We have a place for you, too.

RLC emphasis areas include:

  • Sustainability. Interested in sustainability and a major in the Warner College of Natural Resources? Check out the “Natural Resources and Sustainability” RLC in Summit Hall.
  • Creative. Planning to major in the Arts and want to be surrounded by other creatives? Check out the “Arts and Creative Expression” RLC in Parmelee Hall.
  • Substance-free. Are you committed to a substance-free life? Check out the “Living Substance Free” RLC in Summit and Westfall Halls.
  • Global.  Interested in international topics or an international student looking for other Rams from around the globe? Check out the “Global Village” RLC in Parmelee Hall.

There’s more where that came from. Check out all of our communities.

Room Layout

The options you consider in room layout should reflect the level of community you desire. From a truly shared space to a more private experience, our layout options will fit whatever lifestyle suits you best.

We offer two primary layout options:

  • Community-style. This option offers plenty of variations (up to and including private bedrooms), however our community style living spaces all have three things in common: a slightly larger room, a community bathroom centrally located on each floor, and a lower price point.
  • Suite-style. These living spaces offer a more private experience. Most suites feature two double rooms that share a bathroom. Each room includes its own vanity/sink. Some suites offer a private bathroom.

Check out all of our layout options by browsing through the 3D floor plans.

A few things to consider when choosing a layout:

  • Your room choice should fall in line with your finances. While you research layouts, be sure to research the room rate that goes along with each.
  • Suite-style layouts tend to fill up first. If you prefer a suite, apply as soon as possible after the housing application opens.
  • Residential Learning Communities have designated locations. Be mindful of the room types and building locations for any RLC in which you may be interested.

Your right choice

As you’ve seen from the options, we want to make sure your first year with us is a positive and impactful one. We encourage you to make your housing preferences based on the experiences you and you alone want to have.

Take your time and explore all of the options by visiting our interactive housing map. Have questions along the way? Contact Housing & Dining Services for help.

Take your pick

Browse through all the options on the CSU Housing & Dining Services website.
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Jill Baylis

Jill is part of the communications team in the Office of Admissions. As a first-generation college student, she works hard to simplify the college admissions process and enjoys helping future Rams connect to their interests. In her free time you can usually find her at a local concert or rolling through town on her single speed.