The California Community Colleges System Chancellor's Office reports that of the state’s 112 campuses, 11 offer housing. Student housing ranges from traditional on-campus dormitories with access to shared bathrooms on each floor to apartment-style buildings on or adjacent to campus grounds. All California community college campuses recommend early applications for rooms because of limited housing availability.
College of the Redwoods
At College of the Redwoods in Eureka, two on-campus residence halls house men and women. A bathroom is attached to each two double-occupancy dormitory room at these buildings near the northwestern edge of the campus. Like other California community college campuses with on-campus dormitories, the residence hall includes on-site study and recreation rooms and a laundry facility. At this dorm, basic cable TV and Internet service are included in the rent. Dorm residents must purchase a meal card, which grants them access to breakfast, lunch and dinner service at the on-campus dining hall.
College of the Siskiyous
Two two-story dormitories house students at Northern California’s College of the Siskiyous, which is located near the base of Mt. Shasta. Each of the two coed dorm buildings on campus grounds has four wings, with two for men and two for women. One bathroom is located on each wing. Each resident is required to purchase a meal card for the on-campus dining hall.
Columbia College, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, has four three-story residential buildings adjacent to the Sonora campus. Each two-bedroom apartment, with two twin beds in each bedroom, can house two, three or four students in female-only and male-only units. Each apartment has a kitchen.
Cerro Coso Community College – Mammoth Campus
The Mammoth Campus of Northern California’s Cerro Coso Community College has studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments for individual students and one-bedroom apartments for two students at South Gateway Student Apartments. The apartment complex, managed by the nonprofit Mammoth Lakes Foundation on property adjacent to the campus, serves only students at this school in Mammoth Lakes. Each apartment has a kitchen.
Feather River College
At Feather River College, the Northern California campus has two-story apartment buildings adjacent to campus grounds with one-bedroom and two-bedroom furnished apartments for students. Because of high demand for campus housing, all bedrooms are double occupancy. Coed apartment sharing is not allowed. Like other community college housing in California, this complex has on-site staff to assist students. Each apartment has a kitchen.
Lassen Community College
Located in the Northern California town of Susanville, Lassen Community College has traditional dormitory on-campus housing at its college residence hall. Most rooms accommodate two students, although some rooms can accommodate four students. Bathrooms on each floor are shared, except for a common bathroom attached to each pair of four-student rooms.The dormitory has a kitchen to prepare meals.
Reedley College, located in central California’s San Joaquin Valley, has a residence hall with one wing that can house 40 women and one wing that can house 100 men. Separate restrooms and laundry facilities for men and women are provided on each floor. Students share access to a full kitchen, a computer lab and a recreation room. Each furnished room is designed for two students.
Shasta College in the Northern California town of Redding has two on-campus dormitories with two-student rooms. One can house about 60 women, and one dorm houses about 60 men. A commons building provides shared recreational and meeting rooms. Students can eat at two on-campus restaurants open during breakfast and lunch hours. They can also buy meal cards to dine at these facilities.
Northern California’s Sierra College has two-student rooms at its two-story coed residence hall. One bathroom is located between every two rooms at this building on the Rocklin campus. The campus has a cafe, a coffee shop and occasional mobile food trucks.
At Taft College, located in California’s centrally located San Joaquin Valley, three residence halls on campus grounds provide housing for one student per room. One of the residence halls with 32 dorm rooms is for the school’s Transition to Independent Living program for adults with disabilities. Dorm residents must participate in the meal card program for dining at the student center.
West Hills College Coalinga
At West Hills College’s Coalinga campus in the San Joaquin Valley, one on-campus residence hall can accommodate up to 121 men. An additional on-campus dorm can house up to 56 female students in single-occupancy rooms. A microwave oven is in each hall. Students can eat at an on-campus cafe open during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours.
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