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Housing Information


San Bernardino

North San Bernardino (2.5 miles from campus)

South San Bernardino (10 miles from campus)

Redlands (15 miles from campus)

Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario (20 miles from campus)


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 are often used to describe amenities in advertisements and postings.

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


  • Apartments: Several apartment complexes are close to campus. Apartments consist of a living room, kitchen, one or more bedrooms, and one or more bathrooms. When budgeting living expenses, remember the cost of additional furnishings. Some apartments offer monthly rental options, but most options require a 6- or 12-month lease. Be sure to read the lease carefully and ask questions if the language is unclear. Commonly required documents include: a passport, driver’s license or state-issued ID card, and evidence of financial means. 
  • Houses: Homes for rent are usually unfurnished and furnishing a home is expensive. The landlord is responsible for making repairs and caring for the yard, unless stated otherwise in the lease. Leases are often signed for one-year periods.


  • Visit the property and view the unit before renting, doing so does not require a commitment to rent.
  • Review carefully the lease and ask questions when the language or meaning is unclear. 
    • A lease is a legally binding agreement between a "tenant" -- the person renting the unit -- and a "landlord" -- the person or company offering the unit for rent -- describing the terms, conditions, and responsibilities of each party.
    • The lease commits the tenant to a specific period of residency. For example, if a 12-month lease is signed, the tenant is responsible for paying rent and additional fees if identified for that 12-month period.
    • If a 12-month lease is signed and the tenant leaves before the 12-month period ends, the tenant remains responsible for the monthly rent until the conclusion of the 12-month period. It may be possible for the tenant to find another, new tenant to assume the remainder of the lease. 
    • Obtain in writing any additional requirements or terms not identified in the lease.
    • Read the lease carefully before you sign.
    • Retain multiple copies of the lease and any other important documents.


A landlord usually asks the tenant to pay a security deposit as well as the first and last month's rent. 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 keeps the security deposit. Otherwise, the landlord returns the security deposit within a predetermined period after the tenant leaves.

Make sure the terms and conditions of the security deposit are clearly identified in the lease. A move-in checklist may also be required.  Remember to keep a copy. The checklist indicates the condition of the apartment upon move-in. Practices around deposits vary, so it is advisable to ask about them early.