• Overview
  • Initial Payment
  • License Agreement
  • Application
  • E-License
  • Application Overview
  • Prerequisites
  • Suggested Reading

60 min.

Application Overview

Required Sections

Please take a moment to visit the prerequisites page to ensure that you have an active Portal account and a web browser that is compatible with the Application. You must have an active Portal account to complete the application.

The University Housing and Food Service application is broken up into four major sections, all of which need to be completed in order to submit the application. All fields are required unless otherwise noted.

Once the prerequisites have been met, the entire process should take between 45 and 60 minutes to complete.

Initial Payment

In this step, you will make an initial University Housing payment which will begin the application process. As soon as your initial payment is completed, you may move on to the next step in the application process. Submission of your initial housing payment does NOT complete the application process.

Initial University Housing payment is fully refundable (less $5.00 processing fee) if the Official University Housing Cancellation form is filled out and submitted to the University Housing Office via email attachment, mail, or fax 30 days before the opening day of the term.

License Agreement

In this step, you are strongly advised to read and understand the content of the University Housing and Food Service License Agreement and Living In, the residence life handbook before participating in the online University Housing and Food Service Application. We also strongly recommend printing the 2014-2015 University Housing and Food Service License Agreement for your reference now.


In this step, you will complete the necessary housing questionnaires that contain information about roommate requests, living communities, and personal information.

Roommate Requests (Optional)

Due to facility limitations and requirements, roommate requests are taken into consideration but are not always accommodated. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.

To increase your chances of getting your Roommate request please note the following:

  • For your Roommate Request you need to make sure that each person whom you request also requests yourself and any other students whom you request. Basically each roommate must select all other roommates.
  • You and Roommates requesting you must also choose the room types that will accommodate all Roommates. Ex. If you are selecting two other roommates do not request a “double” room type because the room type you selected won’t be appropriate for your Roommate request (in this case all Roommates would select a “triple” or similarly appropriate room).
  • Select similar Roommate Preferences. Ex. If you select No to the “I can live with someone that smokes” question and your chosen Roommate has selected Yes to the “I smoke” question you will not be paired.
  • If your Roommate request is for a Roommate who is in an Academic theme; unless you are also in that Academic theme your request will not be accommodated.
  • You and roommates requesting you must apply at about the same time to increase your chances of being placed with each other. Any delay between applications can severely decrease your chances of living together.

If you wish to specify preferred roommates, please enter both his or her Wildcat email address and full name. Listing a preferred roommate is optional.


In this step, you will complete the online University Housing and Food Service License Agreement.

Special Considerations for Students Under 18 Years Old

If you are under 18 on the day of submitting your application, in addition to completing the E-License online, you will be required to submit a hard-copy of your University Housing and Food Service License Agreement signed by both you and your parent or guardian. You will receive this document with the confirmation notice to your Wildcat email account once you have submitted your completed University Housing application online.

Then, please sign and mail page one of the document to:

University Housing and Food Service
License Agreement
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0707

How The Online Application Process Works

Application Saving and Recovery

Your application information and progress are saved whenever you use the “Next” or “Back” buttons at the bottom of each step. All saved information is linked to your Chico State Portal account. If you get disconnected while you are filling out the application, you can always come back and pick up where you left off.

Application Priority

The final date and time used to determine your Application Priority is applied when you click the “Submit” button on the Verify Your Application page. Once you have completed the process, you will receive a confirmation email that highlights a confirmation number, final submitted date/time, what to expect next, and a link to the Application Status page. The Application Status page will provide up-to-date information regarding the overall status of your application.

If you have any questions, experience issues when submitting the application, or do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submission, please call 530.898.6325 to confirm.

Application Printing

You can print any part of the application using your browser's “Print” option. You will receive a copy of the license agreement as an email attachment within 2 business days after you click "submit."