Universities in California

CSU Los Angeles


University Information

Location: Los Angeles, California
Founded: 1947
Undergraduate Students: 24 000
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public arts and science university 
Website: www.calstatela.edu

About the University

California State University, Los Angeles has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. Building on the strengths of this rich diversity, our University prepares students for success in advanced studies, in their careers, and throughout their lives. California State University, Los Angeles graduates constitute a major leadership force in Greater Los Angeles, a microcosm of the global society.

As a comprehensive university, California State University, Los Angeles offers a broad range of liberal and professional programs designed to encourage student excellence, achievement and well being. Facilitated by close interaction between faculty and students, educational programs are designed to foster habits of disciplined inquiry and critical thinking while helping students master a body of knowledge. The University strives to promote understanding of and respect for diversity, and to serve the changing needs of a global society. Recognizing its commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, creative activities, and service, the University supports an effective library and the use of new technologies that enrich the instructional process and provide effective access to information in its various forms.

The University is committed to providing students with a balanced and well-rounded educational experience including co-curricular activities that contribute to personal enrichment, leadership development, and institutional pride. Student organizations, campus residence life, artistic events, multicultural events, intercollegiate athletics, and intramurals are designed to be a significant part of this experience.

Excerpt from California State University Los Angeles’ website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

Exchange students must present proof of enrollment in the approved policy to the International Office prior to enrolling in classes. All international students and scholars must maintain insurance coverage during their stay in the U.S.  Information on adequate coverage can be found here

As a J-1 Visa exchange student, you are required to purchase the Cal State LA approved insurance policy regardless of any other health insurance you may already have. Confirmation of enrollment may be e-mailed to us directly at studyabroad@calstatela.edu

Students should enroll in a RelationInsurance Plan.

Cost:  $1,872 (year), $780 (fall)

There are four types of living accomodations available during your time at Cal State LA: Homestay, Apartment, Extended-Stay Hotel, or at the Dormitory on Campus. The International Office has compiled helpful information and resources to help you find the most appropriate accommodations for your study in Los Angeles experience. 

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  Space is very limited, so apply early if you would like this option.

Cost: $5,583.00 – $8,960.00* per year.
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan (Cost: $2,679.00-$3,749)

Off-campus Housing: the university has a lot of ressources to help you find off-campus housing:

Homestay Companies:  provide living arrangements with an American family in the family’s home.  Different options are available regarding meals, laundry access. 

American Homestay Network:  www.homestaynetwork.com

Homestay Services International:  www.homestayservices.com

StudentLink International:  www.istudentlink.com

Universal Student Housing:  www.ushstudent.com

Aparment List www.apartmentlist.com/ca/los-angeles

Suggested Housing Areas:  Areas to the north and east of campus are recommended.  Here are some suggested cities:  Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Temple City, Rosemead

Apartments in nearby Alhambra:  Tell the manager you are an international student and cannot get a social security number. Ask if you can make payment arrangements without a “credit check.” Get a written receipt for all payments!

Chapel Apartments:  336 N. Chapel Avenue, Alhambra, 626-570-4948
Larch Apartments:  1624 Larch Street, Alhambra, 626-576-7832
Marianne Apartments:  112 E. Alhambra Road, Alhambra, 626-300-8550
El Rancho Apartments:  1201 W. Mission Road, Alhambra, 626-308-3925
Huntington Oaks Apartments:  1620 W. Huntington Drive, Alhambra, 626-576-1906
Woodside Terrace Apartments:  400 N. Chapel Avenue, Alhambra, 626-284-7363
Shadow Terrace Apartments:  303 S. Almansor Street, Alhambra, 626-284-1834
Huntington Monterey Apartments:  626-573-9616
Second Street Apartments:  808 N. 2nd Street, Alhambra, 626-299-0906
Al Palms Manor:  110 N. Marengo Avenue, Alhambra, 626-289-4906
Jade Gardens Rental Office:  109 S. Almansor Street, Alhambra, 626-282-2007
Alcole Properties:  606 S. 6th Street, Alhambra, 626-308-1221
Potrero Partners:  Serving the Alhambra Area, 626-569-1819
Websites:  General search for apartments (use the cities mentioned above to search)                                                                                                                     

Price: $500 per semester

The average budget per month is: $900-$1,300  

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $11,780 per semester or $23,560 for the year.