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Housing Information

On Campus Housing

For more information on campus housing please visit Housing and Residential Education.

On-campus housing for J-1 Scholars is based on availability. Please contact your CSUSB host department for more information. 

Off Campus Housing


Here is a list of abbreviations that you will find on many websites when they are talking about the featured amenities of the location you are interested in renting.

  • A/C=air conditioning
  • BR=bedroom
  • DW=dishwasher
  • Furn=furnished
  • Sec sys=security system
  • Unfurn=unfurnished
  • W/D= washing machine and dryer


  • Houses: Some people choose to live together in a house. A majority of houses will be unfurnished. The landlord is responsible for making repairs and caring for the yard, unless stated otherwise in the lease. If you are new to CSUSB or will be here for less than 6 months we highly recommend that you try to rent a room in home that is fully furnished. This will greatly reduce your expenses here in the U.S.
  • Apartments: CSUSB has several apartment complexes near the university. Apartments consist of a living room, kitchen, one or more bed-rooms and one or more bathrooms. Please keep in mind additional cost when budgeting for living expenses. While you can rent an apartment month by month, most places have written in the contract that you must live there 6 months to a year. Some of the documents that you will need to provide in order to rent an apartment are: your passport, another form of identification, (managers will usually ask for a social security card, but any form of legal identification will do), and some sort of financial guarantee. 


  • You are not obligated to rent an apartment if you look at it.
  • Get everything in writing before you sign the lease.
  • The person or apartment complex director you are renting from is referred to as your landlord.
  • A lease is a written agreement between a tenant and landlord that describes the responsibilities of each party.
  • A lease is a binding legal document that commits the tenant to a specific period of residency in the complex. (If you sign a 12 month lease, you are responsible for paying rent and additional fees for 12 months)
  • If you sign a 12 month lease and you only plan on attending CSUSB for one quarter you are responsible for finding someone to live in your apartment or you must continue to pay rent even if you leave San Bernardino.
  • If you know that you will not be in San Bernardino for the entire year, it is not advisable to sign a one-year lease. Shorter, quarter leases are available but they may cost more per month.
  • Read the lease carefully before you sign.
  • Keep a copy of the lease and any other documents about your apartment.


A sublease is an arrangement that the original renter makes with another individual to live in his/her apartment who may or may not retain responsibility for the lease agreement. Be careful before entering into a sublease agreement. Many CSUSB students sublease their apartments/home for one quarter. Sub-leasing will often give you the flexibility to select the months you would like to rent the apartment/house. However, many apartment complexes and landlords have clauses written in the original lease that list the sublease guidelines. Additional fees may be applied to the original renter or the person agreeing to take responsibility of the lease.

If you decide to sublease from an individual, they may or may not ask you to sign an agreement. It is important that you ask that an agreement be created and signed by both you and the person you are subleasing from. This is recommended for your security purposes only.


A landlord will usually ask you for money before you move into an apartment/house. This may be in the form of a security deposit and first and last month's rent which can amount to more than $1,000. A "security deposit" is an amount of money that is supposed to guarantee that the tenant will care for the dwelling. If the tenant does not take care of the property or clean it before leaving, the landlord has a legal right to keep the security deposit. Otherwise, the landlord must return the security deposit within a month after the tenant leaves. Make sure the agreement about the security deposit is included in the lease. You should also complete a move-in checklist, keep a copy and give a copy to your landlord. The checklist will indicate the condition of the apartment when you move in. Landlords will often ask for the sum of the first and last months' rent before the tenant moves into the apartment. This is to protect the landlord in case the tenant leaves early without paying the rent for the agreed time listed in the lease. Each landlord has particular requirements for deposits.