Housing for International Students

All prospective students must submit an International Student Housing Interest Form.

Note: These suggestions regarding off-campus housing are provided to assist you. California State University, East Bay does not endorse any off-campus housing option and has no official affiliation with these vendors.

We will frequently post useful information on the ALP Facebook page to help you network with other incoming students who are also looking for housing.

A. Off Campus Housing

Looking for an apartment?

Looking for a room with a local family? Or studying for only 8 weeks, try homestay.

Looking for a room for a short period of time?

Looking for a hotel near campus?


B. On-Campus Housing Housing

University Managed Housing








There are two locations for on-campus housing, Pioneer Heights and University Village. Both our ALP/CIE students stay in University Village when they first arrived. They may request for a room change or location change before the end of the semester.

All on-campus housings consist of apartments. In university village, there are only one or two bedroom apartments as compared to Pioneer Heights where the apartments usually consist of 4 bedrooms. All rooms are double occupancy in the apartments except for Shasta and Diablo which are two buildings reserved for upper classmen.

Many ALP students live in the University Village complex with other regular students. There are 3 floor plans:

  1. One bedroom and 1 bath
  2. Two bedroom and 1 baths
  3. Two bedroom and 2 baths (higher rent fee)

The following amenities are available in the University Village community:

  • These apartments are fully furnished with a kitchenette that includes cabinets, dining table and chairs, a full sized refrigerator and a microwave.
  • Within the complex, there is a regular kitchen with stove and oven for regular cooking
  • There are coin-operated laundry machines on every floor.
  • TV, pool table and space for activities or study.
  • There is also a late night front desk to provide, games, vacuum cleaners for check-out.
  • We also have a state of the art brand-new exercise facility on campus. Membership to use this facility is a fee per term.
  • Dining Commons with ALL-You-Care-to-Eat Buffet and other food outlets on campus. Check it out here.
  • For your convenience you are assigned a personal mailbox.


Housing rates for Summer 2018 to Spring 2019
Fall and Spring semesters are available to students returning home after a semester (16 weeks) Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Move-in Dates 6/17/2018 8/19/2018 1/20/2019
Between 12:00 pm to 3:00pm Between 10:00am to 4:00pm, & 8:00pm to 10:00pm Between 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Move-out Dates 8/10/2018 before 2:00pm 12/14/2018 before 2:00pm 5/17/2019 before 2:00pm
Rent (for both floorplans) $1,857 $5,614 $4,265
Miscellaneous Fees:
Application Fee $40 $40 $40
Installment Fee N/A $15 $15
Activity Fee $0 $15 $15
Cancellation Fee N/A $100 $100
Staying for the Academic year. Two semesters
The length of your stay is based on your I-20 or your program Fall '18 - Spring '19 Summer 2019
Move-in Dates   8/19/2018 TBD
N/A Between 10:00am to 4:00pm, & 8:00pm to 10:00pm Between 10:00am to 4:00pm, & 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Move-out Dates N/A 5/17/2019 before 2:00pm before 2:00pm
Rent in University Village N/A $9,879 TBD
Miscellaneous Fees
Application Fee   $40 $40
Installment Fee   $30 $30
Activity Fee   $30 $30
Cancellation Fee + One month rent   $100 + One month rent $100 + One month rent
A Meal Plan is REQUIRED for all students in On-Campus Housing
For Summer 2018 : Only Pioneer Plan available
Pioneer Plan Summer: $ 540 40 entries $145 (Flex Dollars) Provides 40 entries to the Dining Commons for the Summer session during meal periods. Flex Dollars may be used at any other campus retail dining venue and for guest meals.
For Fall 2018 and beyond:
Meal Plans: Four Choices Price per Semester Meals Per Semester Flex Dollars Explanation
Pioneer Plan Fall: $ 1,076 85 entries $300 Provides 85 meals per semester (all you care to eat) in the Dining Commons and $300 Flex Dollars per semester that may be used at any campus retail dining venue.
Spring: $ 1,075
Bay Plan Fall: $ 2,500 207 entries $500 Provides 207 meals per semester (all you care to eat) in the Dining Commons and $500 Flex Dollars per semester that may be used at any campus retail dining venue
Spring: $ 2,500
Red Plan Fall: $ 2,500 7 Day All Access $175 Provides 7 days (Mon-Sun) unlimited meals per week (all you care to eat) in the Dining Commons and $175 Flex Dollars per semester that may be used at any campus retail dining venue. 
Spring: $ 2,500
Black Plan Fall: $ 2,500 5 Day All Access $325 Provides 5 days (Mon-Fri) unlimited meals per week (all you care to eat) in the Dining Commons and $325 Flex Dollars per semester that may be used at any campus retail dining venue.
Spring: $ 2,500

Application procedure for International Students planning to stay in On-Campus Housing for the regular academic year:

  1. On-campus Housing is on a first-come, first-served basis based on completion of contract, and priority will be given to residents who plan to live on campus for more than one semester.
  2. Complete and submit International Student Housing Interest Form
  3. Housing will send you instructions to get on the Housing Portal link and pay a non-refundable application fee of $40, initial Housing payment of $500 (part of the rent, not a deposit) and to complete your housing contract. Once your contract is completed, you will be placed on waitlist.Housing will assign space based on space availability and where you are on the waitlist. It is very important to be on the waitlist as soon as possible. Since Housing is on a first come first serve basis, your position on the waitlist is important.  However, completion of contract does NOT guarantee a space in On-campus housing. It depends on the availability of bedspace.
  4. Student Housing and Residence Life will send Housing Portal instructions to your CSUEB Horizon email. Please go on the Housing portal link after you have activated your netID and password. If you are an ALP student and do not have your netID, please email us at Internationalstudenthousing@csueastbay.edu. Complete the process and payment on the Housing portal. Remember, by completing the Housing portal process, you are signing a contract. It is a legal binding agreement and any cancellation must be approved by CSUEB Student Housing. Please read the Housing License Agreement
  5. Once you completed the portal process you are in a binding contract agreeing to the license agreement terms on no.4 above.
  6. If you wish to cancel your housing contract for any reason, please read the Housing cancellation policy. Then, if you qualifies, submit the cancellation form to Pioneer Height Housing Office in Lassen Hall. Note that unless you have the valid reasons as state in the cancellation policy, it can be very difficult to cancel. Also, upon approved to cancel, you will have to pay cancellation fees as stated in the cancellation policy.
  7. For housing payment may  pay by personal check (funds must be in US dollars from a US bank account) or a bank draft/cashier's check made payable to CSUEB. Be sure to include your full name and NetID. Mail to the following address. Please do NOT send cash. Alternatively, use your credit card to pay online (Visa or Mastercard) or US bank debit card. 2.9% handling fee applies.
    Cashier's Office
    Cal State East Bay
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
    Hayward, CA 94542
  8. Plan to arrive on campus and move into On-campus Housing on the exact official move-in dates given in the tables above. After you have purchased your air ticket, email your arrival time to InternationalStudentHousing@csueastbay.edu. For those planning to arrive earlier than the official move-in dates, please be sure to reserve a room at a nearby hotel/motel.
  9. Airport pickup is available for $140 and up depending on the number of people being pick up, to be paid at the University Cashier during orientation. To request airport transportation, please fill out the Student Airport Pickup Form.
  10. You will need linens such as bed sheets, towels, pillows, and blankets for your room. You may bring them or rent them from Housing. The linen rental package is $10 per week. Cleaned linen are exchanged weekly. You may rent the linen package till you buy your own.

Contact us at any time with questions regarding housing, your Net ID or if you are missing the Housing portal instructional emails from Student Housing and Residential Life. We are here to help you!

Email: InternationalStudentHousing@csueastbay.edu
Telephone: 510-885-2778
Fax: 510-885-2040

Total On-campus Housing charges that you will have to pay= Rent + Meal plan + Miscellaneous Fees

Important Notice:

You have to sign a legal agreement to move-in to On-campus Housing. If you have exceptional reasons to leave early, you have to submit a cancellation form to Housing for approval. Upon approval by Housing Office, you will be charged a $100 cancellation fee and any additional fees based on your contract. Move out without approval will result in full payment per your contract.

Students who anticipate staying for only one semester due to completion of a program at the University or withdrawal from the University must note that on the interest form and also submit the cancellation form.

The Cancellation Request Form is available here or at the Housing Office during the business hours of 8am-7pm, Monday through Thursday and Friday is 8 to 5pm.

Note: Meal plan is mandatory
Fees are subject to change without notice


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