Opening Days Resource Guide 2021

Wednesday and Thursday, August 18 and 19

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Arriving to Campus

Summer construction projects on campus are still underway. To help with traffic flow, please enter campus using the entrance on Folino Drive Road from Nutwood Avenue. From the 57 freeway, take exit 8 for Nutwood Avenue, heading west. Make a right turn to enter campus on Folino Drive, then park on the first two floors of either of the Eastside parking structures as indicated by posted check-in signage.


Check-In Process, Times, and Locations

Once you park, head to our opening day pre-check area located at the pedestrian exit of the Eastside parking structures. Be ready to present your Opening Day checklist to our staff, along with either your TitanCard or another form of identification that matches your name as listed in the Quick Information section on your CSUF Student Housing Portal.

Your Opening Day Checklist is visible on the homepage of your CSUF Student Housing Portal. You can either:

  • Log into your CSUF Student Housing Portal on a mobile device,
  • Present a screenshot of the checklist on your CSUF Student Housing Portal on a mobile device, or
  • Print a screenshot of the checklist from the CSUF Student Housing Portal.

Note: If you choose to either present or print a screenshot of your Opening Day checklist, the Quick Information section above the checklist (which includes your name and CWID) must be visible in the screenshot.

At the pre-check area, our staff will quickly verify that you're ready to check in and give you instructions on where to proceed. If you have any outstanding action items on your Opening Day checklist, our staff will give you instructions on where to proceed next depending on the action items you have to complete. You will not forfeit your space if you arrive with incomplete action items, but you will slow down your Opening Day experience.

If you have received an approved exemptionOpens in new window to our vaccination requirement or you are not fully vaccinated (less than two weeks have passed after the final dose in your respective vaccine regimen) by Opening Day, you will need to provide proof of negative test results from a certified PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival. If your PCR test results are positive, please remain off-campus and report your results hereOpens in new window . You will only be allowed to check in after we receive verification from Student Health Services. Lastly, if you are unable to take a PCR test or haven’t received your results by your check-in time, you will be required to remain off-campus until you receive negative results.

To make your check-in process as quick as possible, residents should visit the pre-check area while friends and family check out a moving bin. After your pre-check is complete, return to your vehicle to begin unloading, then follow the marked path towards the official student housing check-in area.

Friends and Family: While your resident is visiting the pre-check area or completing any other additional action items they may have outstanding, we encourage you to visit the Moving Equipment Checkout station directly next to the pre-check area to check out a moving bin. You can start to unload your vehicle once your resident has completed the pre-check process. Your resident will receive up to two guest wristbands at the pre-check area. Guests are advised to wear these wristbands throughout Opening Day, as they are required for entry into student housing buildings and The Gastronome. See the sections about Moving Equipment and Supplies and Friends and Family Pass below.


Check-In dates and times

If you are assigned to: Your Move-In Day is:

Residence Hall Floors:
  Elm 1, 3 and 5; Fig 3 and 5; Holly 3 and 5; Juniper 3 and 5; Pine 2

Single Apartment Floors: Acacia 1 and 2; Birch 1 and 2; Manzanita 3 and 4; Oak 1 and 2; Willow 3 and 4

Double Apartments: Cypress 2, 3 and 4

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Residence Hall Floors:
Elm 2 and 4; Fig 1, 2, and 4; Holly 2 and 4; Juniper 2 and 4; Pine 3, 4 and 5

Single Apartments:
Acacia 3 and 4; Birch 3 and 4; Manzanita 1 and 2; Oak 3 and 4; Willow 1 and 2
Double Apartments: Sycamore 1; Valencia 1

Thursday, august 19, 2021

TIP: Not sure what floor you're assigned to? The first digit of your room number (that you can see on your Application Overview page of your student housing application) indicates the floor where your room is located. For example, if you're assigned to Acacia-104-A1, you're on the first floor.

In order to make your check-in process as smooth as possible, please plan to arrive at a designated time based on the first letter of your last name. This helps keep lines short at the check-in area, equipment stations, and elevators. You won't be penalized for arriving early, but arriving during your designated time helps keep Opening Day smooth for everyone!

If your last name starts with: Your designated arrival time is:

A – d

9 – 10 a.m.

e – h

10 – 11 a.m.

i – M

 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

N – Q

12 – 1 p.m.

R – U

1 – 2 p.m.

V – Z

2 – 3 p.m.

Late Arrivals

If you can't arrive during your designated time based on your last name, or run into unexpected delays on your way here, but will still arrive before 3 p.m., there's no need to notify our office — just head to the pre-check area when you arrive.

Note: If your vaccination status action item on your Opening Day Checklist is incomplete, you are ineligible for the late arrival options listed below. You must arrive on your designated day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you arrive outside of these hours, our staff will not be able to process your check-in and you will be asked to return at a later date.

If you know you will not be able to arrive by 3 p.m., please call the Housing Office at  (657) 278-2168  or send us an email at We'll make sure our late check-in staff will know to expect you.

We understand that unexpected travel delays can happen. You won't be assessed any penalties or have your space forfeited if you don't arrive on time - we'll have staff available throughout the weekend to check you in when you arrive. You must notify us if you expect to arrive later than Sunday.

Room Condition Reports

You are required to complete a Room Condition Report as part of your check-in process.

After you check in with our staff, you'll be able to see a link on the CSUF Student Housing Portal homepage to complete your Room Condition Report. The report will ask you to verify some information about yourself, your room assignment, and then you'll be able to mark the condition of areas in your assigned space to indicate the condition they were in when you arrived. At the end of your stay with us, our staff will compare the condition of your space with the information you provided on your check-in Room Condition Report, so filling it out accurately may help you avoid facing damage or cleaning charges at the end of your stay.

Checking in with our staff and completing your Room Condition Report are required parts of your check-in process, and failure to complete either step will result in a $30 Improper Check-in Fee

Parking Information

When you arrive, follow the signage to the Eastside Parking Structures. All guests arriving for Opening Days will park in these structures. We encourage students to park and use the first two floors of the structures for unloading, then move vehicles to the upper floors for overnight parking until Friday, August 20. Starting on Friday, Parking Lot RH will be open for resident parking.

No parking permits will be required in any of the student parking lots during Opening Days, so you may park any additional vehicles in Lots A, E or G, or any of the open parking structures on campus.

A Residence Hall Parking Permit is required beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 23. Residence Hall Parking Permits are valid in the Residence Hall Lot and Lots A & G.

During the academic year, Residence Hall Parking Permits are valid from 6 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday in all student parking areas. For additional information, please visit Parking and Transportation.

If you are planning to bring a vehicle to campus, we strongly encourage you to purchase your Residence Hall Parking Permit prior to your arrival on campus. Parking permits are available on the Parking & Transportation Services website via the “Purchase Permit” button. Be sure to have your vehicle information available, as you will be prompted to print out a temporary permit that you may use while waiting for your semester permit to arrive in the mail.

Moving Equipment and Supplies

There will be a limited number of moving bins available for check-out for   two hours   from the station located at the base of the Eastside parking structures, immediately next to the pre-check area. Residents are encouraged to pack lightly, and bring hand trucks and carts to assist with unloading. Due to the limited number of bins available,   you can only check out one bin at a time   (including a bin checked out via a Friends & Family Pass). In order to check out a bin, you must either:

  • Be the resident checking in, and have your TitanCard ready. If you haven't picked up your TitanCard yet, you can present your Opening Day checklist instead.
  • Be a friend or family member of a resident checking in and have your Friends & Family Pass available.

Please return moving bins to the moving equipment checkout station located immediately next to the pre-check area or to the Housing Information station in the Student Housing Piazza.


Guests and Friends & Family Pass

Residents are allowed to bring a maximum of two guests to assist them on Opening Day. You must provide your guests' names and relationship to you via the link on your Opening Day checklist on your CSUF Student Housing Portal.

After you fill in information for your guests, your Opening Day checklist will also include a link to your Friends & Family Pass — a pass that you can give to your guests to allow them to check out a moving bin on your behalf. For quick and easy bin check-out, friends and family members should have their Friends & Family Pass ready (either printed or on a mobile device) when they arrive at the equipment station.

Please be aware that you will be held responsible for bins checked out via your Friends & Family Pass if the bins become lost or damaged.


Packing List

In addition to our standard list of what to bring on Opening Day, we recommend bringing some additional items in the event that the University should be required to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Suitcases, flattened boxes or storage bins adequate to pack all possessions quickly
  2. Week’s worth of face masks
  3. Thermometer, hand sanitizer, hand soap, cleaning wipes
  4. Reasonable amount of linens (bedding, towels, etc.) as well as cleaning/sanitizing supplies, and kitchenware for students in the apartments.
  5. Reasonable amount of clothing suitable for summer and fall weather
  6. Equipment for virtual learning (laptop, chargers, textbooks, etc.)


Go Bags:

All Students should have a “go bag” that remains packed and ready in case they are instructed to move for self-isolation purposes. This bag should include:

  1. Two changes of comfortable clothes
  2. Toiletries
  3. Linens (an extra set of sheets and a towel)
  4. Two forms of original identification: A driver’s license, passport, social security card, birth certificate, state ID, or other generally acceptable forms of ID.

You should also keep a list of other items that you’d need to pack quickly, like electronics, medications, a pillow, chargers, phone, additional clean clothes, etc.


Things to Leave Home:

Our residence halls and apartments are fully furnished, so you should not bring any full-size furniture items with you. Again, we encourage you to pack light, and not to bring any items with you that you won't absolutely need during your stay.

move-in day volunteers help students

Need Assistance?

Housing and Residential Engagement staff members will be available throughout the community to help answer questions and help you navigate Opening Day. Staff members can be identified by their Housing and Residential Engagement navy polos or uniforms and nametags.

In addition to being present throughout the community, we'll have a central Information booth in the Student Housing Piazza throughout Opening Day if you have any questions you need answered.

Dumpsters and trash disposal

 If you have waste that needs to be disposed of, trash receptacles will be located throughout the Student Housing Community in the following locations:

  • Parking Lot J, behind Juniper
  • Parking Lot RH, north end behind Elm
  • Parking Lot RH, in the center between Holly and Fig

Please break down your cardboard boxes before disposing of them in the designated cardboard recycling containers.

Room and Meal Plan Access via TitanCard

Please remember that your TitanCard serves as your room and meal plan access card when entering your building and the Gastronome. Please make sure your TitanCard is not worn out or damaged prior to check-in, as the encoding system will not work on damaged cards. You can  request a replacement online through TitanCard and we'll have it ready for pickup when you arrive.

If you've never had a TitanCard, please check your Cal State Fullerton email for instructions from the TitanCard office regarding requesting your new student ID card online. You are required to have your TitanCard ready for pick up in order to check in to student housing, so please ensure you complete this online process as soon as possible. We'll also have TitanCard staff on-site on Opening Day if you haven't requested your card by the time you arrive.

Please follow these instructions when using your TitanCard to gain access to your assigned room:

  • Swipe your TitanCard at the door of the apartment to which you have been assigned. If the light is:
    • Red Wait 1 - 2 minutes, and swipe a second time. If you receive a red light again, report the issue to the Housing Office.
    • Yellow/Amber Input your PIN (the last 4 digits of your CWID) to unlock the door and enter your apartment.
    • Green: You may enter your apartment now. Within 24 hours you will be required to enter your PIN when accessing your room. If this persists, please report the issue to the Housing Office.

On Opening Day, you will be issued a key for your designated mailbox. In addition, apartment residents will be issued bedroom keys which will provide access to their specific bedrooms within each apartment suite.


The Gastronome opens for breakfast on Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m., which is when all student meal plans will become active. The Gastronome and Community Market will start their regular operating hours for Fall 2021 as follows:

Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 7 – 10 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
Breakfast: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lunch: 12 – 3 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Community Market Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 – 9 p.m.


Tuffy's Café Hours

Tuffy's Café will open for its regular operating hours starting on Monday, August 23.

Monday – Sunday: 7 – 11 a.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8 p.m. – midnight

On Opening Days, we're happy to welcome your guests to enjoy discounted meals at the Gastronome by presenting your check-in wristband to the cashier.

move in day dining


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We partner with SwakUOpens in new window  to offer care package service to our students and their families, with a wide variety of Certified Organic, Gluten Free, Nut Free, and Vegetarian care packages and discounted bundled package plans for the entire academic year.

Housing Office, MAilroom, and Academic Resource Center Hours

The Housing Office and mailroom will be closed to visitors during Opening Days, but staff will be available to answer phone calls regarding any check-in issues.
The Housing Office will resume its normal operating hours, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, starting on Friday, August 20, 2021. Additionally, we’ll have limited staff available for late check-ins and package pickup during the following hours:
Monday through Thursday: 5 – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Residents can pick up letter mail from their designated mailboxes in the Mailroom at any time using their assigned mailbox key.
The Academic Resource Center, located on the first floor of Pine, is currently under construction and will be open for resident use later in the Fall semester.



Housing Orientation Weekend

Wednesday through Sunday, August 18 – 22, is Housing Orientation Weekend, where our Residential Engagement team will host a variety of events to welcome our new residents and help get them familiar with their new home. Starting with activities on Wednesday evening and ending with a floor meeting with your Resident Advisor on Sunday, Housing Orientation Weekend is full of great activities to get to know your community and get into the Cal State Fullerton spirit! Please check back soon for the full Housing Orientation Weekend schedule.

Town Hall Webinar

To kick off the student housing experience for the academic year, our team will host a Town Hall webinar on Monday, August 16 at 3 p.m. All residents and their families are encouraged to attend to learn more about the check-in process as well as the resources available through Housing and Residential Engagement. You'll also have the opportunity to hear from campus leadership, including our Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the University Police, and Health Services.

Join our Town Hall on Zoom from your computer or smartphone:

 housing orientation week 2021 schedule coming soon

Other Useful Information

Bed Space Assignments and Amenities

Your room assignment includes an assigned bed space, indicated as A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2, or D1.

In the Residence Halls, A1 is the left bed, and A2 is the right bed. For triple-occupancy rooms, see this diagram.
In the Single Apartments, the letter for the bed space assignment is the letter above the doorway to each bedroom.
In the Double Apartments, the letter for the bed space assignment is the letter above the doorway to each bedroom; 1 is the left side and 2 is the right side.

Furniture and Decorating Standards

Each student has their own cable TV jack, 4x120v receptacles, an XL twin bed that is 36” to 38” wide by 84” long, a 4-drawer dresser, a desk with hutch, and a chair.

Posters, pictures, etc., may be affixed to the walls using removable putty or painter’s tape. Small bulletin boards, white boards, etc., may be hung using removeable adhesives that do not cause permanent damage (we recommend using 3M Command Strips). Shelves may not be attached to the walls. Check out this page for tips on what you should and shouldn't bring with you.

Laundry Facilities

There are two laundry facilities available in the Cypress and Juniper buildings. Residents in the Residence Halls are assigned to the Juniper laundry room. All other residents are assigned to the Cypress laundry room. Please make sure to review and abide by all COVID-19 related safety guidelines posted in the laundry facilities.

Student Housing uses the Waverider payment system which accepts debit/credit cards and prepaid debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) by following the enclosed instructions. Washer cycles cost $1.50, Dryer cycles cost $1.

  1. Load clothes in a washer (washers have blue, green, or red dots)
  2. Swipe a debit or credit card (mag stripe facing the reader)
  3. Select preferred wash cycle and press Start

Once the wash cycle ends, transfer clothes to a dryer. Select a corresponding dryer with a blue, green, or red dot.

  1. Swipe a debit or credit card (mag stripe facing the reader)
  2. Select preferred dry cycle and press Start

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems will charge your account a pending transaction of $8. Allow 24-72 hours for the total cost of your wash/dry cycle(s) to post to your account. Note: You must dry clothes within 2 hours of the end of the wash cycle for your account to only have one pending transaction.

Cable Television and Internet Service

All rooms are cable-ready, but cable service is not included in your room and board fees. If you wish to purchase your own cable TV or internet service, you may contact Spectrum Cable directly to make arrangements for installation. You must be present during cable installation. Appointments should be scheduled Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning Monday, August 23. Spectrum is a full-service cable provider of television, internet, and phone services. You can call Spectrum at 855-243-8892 for more information.

For internet access, students will use the same campus-wide WiFi used in classrooms and other public areas across campus. Please contact the student IT helpdesk for issues with WiFi, as our staff are unable to assist with WiFi troubleshooting.

Bringing a multimedia entertainment device? We can set up devices like smart TVs, video game consoles, and digital personal assistants (like Alexa and Google Home) to work with campus Wi-Fi. Check out this page for instructions.

Mail and Package Deliveries

When addressing mail, please use the table below to find the appropriate building address. All mail and packages will be delivered to and distributed from the Housing Office.

You may have packages mailed to Student Housing. The name on the package must match your legal name on file with the University. You will receive an email notification when we receive a package or mail for you. You can pick up your packages and mail from the Housing Office starting on Monday, August 24.

In order to ensure that mail and packages reach you in a timely manner, please have the mail addressed as follows:

Student’s Legal Name on file with the University
Building Address East Campus Drive Room #
Fullerton, CA 92834

Tuffy Titan
1505 East Campus Drive #305
Fullerton, CA 92834

Building Name

Building Address

Pine Hall


East Campus Drive

Holly Hall


East Campus Drive

Juniper Hall


East Campus Drive

Fig Hall


East Campus Drive

Birch Hall


East Campus Drive

Acacia Hall


East Campus Drive

Elm Hall


East Campus Drive

Oak Hall


East Campus Drive

Manzanita Hall


East Campus Drive

Willow Hall


East Campus Drive

Cypress Hall


East Campus Drive

Valencia Hall


East Campus Drive

Sycamore Hall


East Campus Drive

Incorrectly Labeled Mail that arrives with a name that does not match any of our residents will be returned to sender.

TIP for friends and family: We love accepting gifts for our residents from you. If you plan on making online purchases to mail to your student, please make sure you list their name for delivery. We aren't able to accept packages that have your name on them; and we're required by federal law to return them to sender.



We look forward to seeing you during our Opening Days! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our office at (657) 278-2168 or email and we'll be happy to assist you.