Frequently Asked Questions About Living In the Residence Halls


All rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, bookshelf, wastebasket, closet and mirror for each resident.

Residents must provide their own blankets bedspreads, towels, sheets, pillow(s)/pillowcases and study lamps (no halogen lamp).

Listed below are some essentials.

  • Towels & washcloths
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Sheets (twin extra long 80" x 34")
  • Pillow(s)/Pillowcase(s)
  • Blankets/Bedspread
  • Laundry basket/detergent

All beds are 80 inches x 34 inches. Be sure your bed linens are "twin extra long."

NO HOT PLATES. Nothing with exposed hot surfaces. Coffee makers, like Kuerigs are okay as long as the heating surface is not exposed. Please be selective in bringing small appliances as your bedroom electrical infrastructure will not support a large number of appliances. Try to coordinate with your roommate when you move in to eliminate duplicate items.

Wireless internet is available in all Residential Colleges using Beachnet+. The only exception is the International House bedrooms there is optional a wired connection. If you live in International House and you choose on connecting to the internet, you will need to supply your own Ethernet cable. Wireless printers will not work on Beachnet+, we recommend a printer that will allow an usb connection.

Digital cable television is available in all Residential Colleges. If you plan on bringing a television, it will require a QAM Digital Tuner for it to work with the cable tv system.

There are mailboxes in each Hall office. The mail is delivered to each Residence Hall Service Center, Monday through Saturday, and placed in mailbox by the Service Center staff. All those who get mail or packages would be notified by email

No we do not have storage spaces available.

The term "dorm" or "dormitory" is a throwback to the 1940's, 50's and 60's when 18-year-olds were not legal adults and facilities looked and were operated rather like military barracks. On-campus housing has gone through a tremendous period of development since then.

Today, residents live, study, interact and grow through a wide range of social and educational programs. So the term 'Residence Hall' truly reflects on-campus housing in the present times.

All the rooms, either in the suite or in the traditional halls are approximately 15 feet x 11 feet. Suite design style halls are a cluster of three, four or seven rooms with a shared bathroom. This style of housing can be found in Parkside and Hillside Colleges.

Traditional style halls have double rooms along a long hallway and common bathroom facilities which are shared by all residents who live in that wing.

Traditional style halls are located in Hillside College - Los Alamitos & Los Cerritos Halls.

Beachside College offers a hybrid of both designs with long hallways and a bathroom for every two rooms.

Please visit our Residential Colleges page for additional hall information.

The shared bathroom sizes vary depending on which hall you live in.

The ratio is approximately six to seven residents (Hillside -Suites) for a bathroom with 1 toilet, 1 shower, and 1 sink; twelve to fourteen residents (Parkside) for a bathroom with 2 toilets, 2 showers, and 3 sinks; four to five residents (Beachside) for a bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower, with the sinks in the student rooms, and approximately twenty to thirty residents per wing (Hillside- Traditional) for a bathroom with 3-4 toilets, 4-6 showers, and 4-6 sinks..

That may sound congested, but remember that your hall/suitemates will probably be on different schedules. Rarely will this present a problem.

Yes. To see a typical room and suite arrangement, we invite you to take a Residence Hall tour. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and reservations are not required. View additional tour information.

The Freshman Living-Learning Communities are intentional, inclusive communities formed around academic programs where students have an opportunity to live and learn together. Students in this community will take courses with their peers in their community. Freshman can thus choose to live in a community with other students who have the same social and academic interest. All Living-Learning Communities are located in Parkside College.

The Academic Houses offer opportunities for students to engage in meaningful discussions around certain themes or academic programs within each community. Each house has designated courses designed for only students who reside in these particular communities. They have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships or connections with peers within their community. All Academic Houses are located in Hillside College.

The Thematic Living Communities offers opportunities for students who share common interests to live in an environment in which their shared passions can be explored by others. Students have the opportunity to interact and build friendships with neighboring residents through social and educational activities revolving programming that is focused around the theme of their community. All thematic communities are located in Beachside College.

Absolutely! Living in University Housing is by far the easiest, most convenient way to get acquainted. Many free or inexpensive programs and events sponsored by the Residential Life staff and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) will help you get acquainted, become involved, and have a great time.

Residents who are in need of special accommodations, which cannot be met by gender-inclusive housing options, and are requests regarding medical or physical accommodations will need to be sent to the Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC). In collabration with BMAC, the University Housing will review the nature of the request and let you know if your request can be fulfilled. Students should send an email to BMAC at bmac@csulb.edu & the Housing Office at housing@csulb.edu with their name, Campus ID (CID) number, phone number, and the nature of their special accommodation request.