By: Noemi Garcia | Staff Writer
CSUSB offers different housing options, which makes a positive impact on the student’s collegiate life.
“Unlike off-campus living, the residence halls provide you a unique living environment where all of your neighbors are students just like you,” stated on the CSUSB housing website.
Students can be out of the comfort zone living with complete strangers, but it helps the student feel more at home when they are able to choose their roommates.
“It’s nice to be able to choose your own roommate and its easy too. You just have to put that person’s ID number and that is it,” said student Cindy Hernandez.
On campus housing also has additional perks, “another good thing about living on campus is that we get priority registration,” added Hernandez.
Some students find that living on campus is a great option not only to experience the college life at another level, but to eliminate a long commute as well.
“I feel that housing here at CSUSB is great because it’s an alternative for those that have to commute from far away,” said Maria Campos.
“Just think, everything is at their disposition from the little shops around campus to the commons, housing is great and is part of the college experience,” added Campos.
Living on campus is beneficial to students in different ways, according to CSUSB’s housing website students are, “more satisfied with college life, more likely to graduate, able to participate in more student and recreational activities, in more frequent contact with other students, have a satisfying social life, [and have] more interaction with faculty members.”
No longer dependent homemade food makes the student have to cook their own meals and be independent.
“My living experiences in Arrowhead Village, it’s a more independent life style. Students cook their own food and maintain your own things; which help us become more responsible not just in academics but in life,” said student Orlando Ciriaco.
Dorming is convenient for students.
“I like living on campus because it is convenient because if I end up forgetting something, I can always come back and it is a great experience overall,” said student Victoria Pelayo.
According to the CSUSB housing website, the rental fees for the 2015-2016 academic years vary. The Serrano Village being the only dorm with a meal plan included at $8,835 for a single occupancy ,and $7,584 for double occupancy.
Arrowhead and University village have a higher price range since they are larger residencies, with prices as high as $8,814 and as low as $7,173 according to the 2015-2016 on campus rental fees.
“To apply for housing, you must submit the housing application along with the first quarter payment in advance,” the campus rental fees for 2015-2016 states.
Students can also sign a lease for a dorm quarterly if they don’t want to live on campus for the entire academic year according to the housing website.
“The Office of Housing and Residential Life will place quarterly fees at the beginning of each quarter on your student account. In addition, a one-time $25 non-refundable application fee will be applied. All payments collected will be posted on your student account,” housing website states.