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CSUB Campus Housing

Housing, meal plan, and other costs while attending CSUB will vary depending on personal preference and plan selection. Below, you'll find the typical costs associated with living on the CSUB campus during the fall and spring terms.

Housing Pricing

Student Housing East (available to all students):

Room Type Students Per Room 9-month Cost
Single 1 $12,196
Double 2 $10,138

Student Housing West (available to juniors and seniors only):

Room Type Students Per Room 9-month Cost
Single 1 $10,138

Meal Plan

A meal plan for students who live on campus is $4,066 for the fall and spring terms. Please see the CSUB Dining website for more details.

Other Costs

Students should plan for about $5,000 in other expense throughout the academic year. These expenses include books, travel off campus, entertainment, etc. throughout the year. These costs will vary significantly for each student.

Homestay Program

Homestay programs are available for students who wish to live with an American family and fully immerse themselves in the American culture. The family setting offers a great opportunity for students to experience American traditions and customs.

Students may share a bedroom and / or bathroom with another student or family member. Two to three meals are usually provided each day. Transportation between home and CSUB may be provided depending on the arrangement with the Homestay provider.

Students wishing to participate in the Homestay Program should complete the Student Homestay Application at this site:

Homestay costs are $1,680 per 8-week term, plus a $300 application/placement fee.

Please note that Homestay Network is not a part of CSUB. We will not be able to provide assistance with any homestay concerns.

Apartment Living 

Many students enjoy living in a private apartment off-campus. The university is surrounded by many apartments that are within walking distance of the campus and shopping. Additionally, Bakersfield has a public transportation system, and many of the roads have bicycle lanes for easy bicycling in the city. 

ALI does not make apartment arrangements or recommendations for students. A local one-bedroom unfurnished apartments costs range from $500 to $1000 per month depending on the location, size and quality. First-time renters may be required to pay deposits for start-up of utility services.

Note: All housing prices are subject to change. CSUB Housing subject to availability.

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