Incoming Students

The entire Housing & Residential Life team welcomes you to a creative and exciting year at CCA! The residential communities here are a vibrant part of student life on campus and your home away from home as you explore your academic and artistic interests.

What Is Residential Life?

Residential Life is responsible for administration and management of the campus residence halls. Our staff comprises professionals and student volunteer leaders who are here to assist you as you transition into the CCA community.


  • Offer residential events and programs (both social and educational) which assist with holistic student development
  • Provide safe and secure living environments through front desk staff, 24-hour guest check-in, and nightly safety walk-throughs
  • Uphold residential community standards by providing after-hours on call support and assistance from student staff, professional CCA staff, CCA Public Safety, and local authorities and resources

The director and assistant director for Housing & Residence Life provide leadership, direction, and vision for the department. The Residential Life coordinators (RLC) are responsible for the daily operation of our residence halls, supervising the resident advisors (RAs), assistant resident advisors (ARAs) and summer conference assistants (SCA).

The residential life student volunteer leaders are continuing students selected and trained to assist students with academic, social, and personal needs.

Our residential life student volunteer leaders reside in each of the residence halls and run activities and workshops geared toward supporting the residential community.

The resident student volunteer leaders are also knowledgeable about campus resources to provide support to our residents at any time.

More than just residence halls . . .

The college residence halls are more than just a place to “hang your hat” at the end of the day; they are designed to be a supportive environment where learning, creativity, and personal growth are supported and encouraged.

Living in the college’s residential community gives you the opportunity to meet individuals from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. This residential interaction will be one of the most rewarding aspects of your college experience, full of support and inspiration. Some of the persons sharing this community with you may become lifelong collaborators, colleagues, and friends!

Where Do I Live?

First-Year Students

First-Year students live in Oakland at one of 3 Residence Halls; Clifton Hall, Avenue Apartments or Irwin Hall. Each residence hall is staffed and supported by residential life staff that administer our Residential Curriculum as a means to build community and connection to the college.

Students who live in the First-Year Residence Halls are required to purchase an A2 Café Meal Card.

The A2 Café Meal Card is a preloaded meal card valued at $250 to be used at our on campus A2 Cafés. All first-year residents will be issued and billed for their meal cards during fall residence hall move-in.

The A2 Cafés are conveniently located on both our Oakland and San Francisco campuses offering affordable food options. Students may reload the card with additional funds directly through A2 Café. (Note: The A2 Café meal card is nonrefundable and nonreplaceable. So if one is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced.)

Transfer & Graduate Students

Incoming new transfer and graduate students will live in Oakland at our Webster Hall or in San Francisco at our Panoramic Residences or Arkansas Street Residences.

Each residence hall is staffed and supported by residential life staff that administer our residential curriculum as a means to build community and connection to the college.

When Do I Move In?

Residence Hall Move-In | Fall Semester 2018

Check-in for all residents will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 25.

Check-in locations will be dependent on your housing assignment:

First-Year Community Residents

Clifton Hall front desk, Oakland campus
5276 Broadway, Oakland CA 94618
7 days a week, 9 a.m.-midnight

Webster Hall Residents

1511 Webster Street, Oakland California 94612
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4:30 p.m for move in (August 25, 2018); otherwise keys for check-in will be available at Clifton Hall.

Panoramic Residents

1321 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103
7 days a week, 9 a.m.-midnight

Arkansas Residents

75 Arkansas Street, San Francisco 94107
Grand Opening, Thursday, August 30th, 2018 @ 1pm; thereafter 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-midnight