The following are frequently asked questions new CCA students typically have. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at 510.594.3722 or housing@cca.edu if you have outstanding questions.

When do I appy for Fall Housing?

If you are a New Incoming student for Fall, applying for housing is your 4th Step in the enrollment process. The Incoming Student Housing Application Process for Priority Housing is open from March 15 - May 15 each year.

The online housing application for new students is available at Housing at CCA and will be accessible through WebAdvisor starting March 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time through May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time. (NOTE: Students must complete steps 1 and 2 of the enrollment process before they can apply for housing. Once you have activated your CCA email account in step 2, please wait at least one full college business day prior to applying for housing.).

Completion of the housing application requires a $100 non-refundable housing application fee to enter the housing-assignment process.

The Incoming Student Housing Application Process is open each Spring Semester from March 15–May 15. (NOTE: If March 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application will be open the business day before March 15. If May 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application will stay open until the next business day and close at noon.)

Incoming students who submit a complete housing application and $100 non-refundable housing application fee on or BEFORE our Priority Deadline date of May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time will receive priority-housing selection. (NOTE: After making your payment, be sure to go back to your application and hit the “Submit” button.).

All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.

If you are applying for housing AFTER our Priority Deadline date of May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time, you will need to contact the Housing office at housing@cca.edu or 510.594.3722 to be granted access to our General Housing Application to participate in stand-by housing selection and placement.

After you select or are assigned a space in housing, an email will be sent to your CCA email address with confirmation of the space selected and information on how to submit the Housing License Agreement and the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee to reserve your space. (NOTE: Assignments are not reserved until the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee is paid AND your Housing License Agreement is submitted. Make sure to click the “Submit” button on the Housing License Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your space not being reserved.)

Students who live in the first-year residence halls (Clifton and Irwin halls, Avenue Apartments) are required to purchase a $250 A2 Cafè meal card. Residents who live in transfer housing may independently purchase a meal card directly from A2 Cafè.

Questions? Contact Housing and Residential Life at housing@cca.edu or 510.594.3722.

When do I apply for Spring Housing?

If you are a New Incoming student for Spring, applying for housing is your 4th Step in the enrollment process. The Incoming Student Housing Application Process for Priority Housing for Spring is open from October 15 - the Wednesday before the ResHalls close for Winter Break each year. See Residential Calendar for specific date.

The online housing application for new Spring students is available at Housing at CCA and will be accessible through WebAdvisor starting October 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time through the Wednesday before the ResHalls close for Winter Break at noon Pacific Standard Time. (NOTE: Students must complete steps 1 and 2 of the enrollment process before they can apply for housing. Once you have activated your CCA email account in step 2, please wait at least one full college business day prior to applying for housing.).

Completion of the housing application requires a $100 non-refundable housing application fee to enter the housing-assignment process.

(NOTE: If October 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application will be open the business day before October 15. The application will stay open until the Wednesday before the ResHalls close for Winter Break at noon.)

Spring Incoming students who submit a complete housing application and $100 non-refundable housing application fee on or BEFORE the Wednesday before ResHall Closing for Winter Break at noon Pacific Standard Time will receive priority-housing selection. (NOTE: After making your payment, be sure to go back to your application and hit the “Submit” button.)

All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.

If you are applying for housing AFTER Wednesday before ResHall Closing for Winter Break at noon Pacific Standard Time, you will need to contact the Housing office at housing@cca.edu or 510.594.3722 to be granted access to our General Housing Application to participate in stand-by housing selection and placement.

(NOTE: Please keep in mind that the office closes for Break and we will not be able to respond to calls or process applications until the College opens again after the Winter Break.

After you select or are assigned a space in housing, an email will be sent to your CCA email address with confirmation of the space selected and information on how to submit the Housing License Agreement and the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee to reserve your space. (NOTE: Assignments are not reserved until the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee is paid AND your Housing License Agreement is submitted. Make sure to click the “Submit” button on the Housing License Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your space not being reserved.)

Questions? Contact Housing and Residential Life at housing@cca.edu or 510.594.3722.

What is the neighborhood around each building like?

The Oakland campus is located in the Rockridge District, a charming residential neighborhood. Nearby College Avenue is populated with a diverse range of restaurants, bookstores, cafés, and retail stores.

The Rockridge shopping center is adjacent to the college and offers a supermarket, a drugstore, restaurants, and other resources.

Webster Hall residents enjoy the vibrant cultural life of downtown Oakland.

The Oakland Museum of California and the Paramount Theatre are close by, as are galleries, restaurants, and many chain and independent retail stores.

Oakland is a diverse and dynamic urban setting with exciting opportunities for involvement, easily accessible public transportation, and a thriving and unique art scene.

Panoramic Residence Hall is located near the Civic Center in San Francisco. The Twitter building is nearby as well as world-class shopping in the Yerba Buena Center and the Westfield shopping mall. Many restaurants and areas of cultural interest are in the immediate neighborhood.

Arkansas Residence Hall is located in the growing Dogpatch/Mission Bay area of San Francisco. This hall is close to UCSF Hospital, stores and a lovely park.

Are meal plans available?

Students who live in the First-Year residence halls (Clifton Hall, Avenue Apartments, and Irwin Hall) are required to purchase an A2 Café meal card.

The A2 Café meal card is preloaded with $250 to be used at either A2 Café (Oakland and San Francisco campuses) for affordable food options.

All first-year residents are issued and billed for their meal cards during fall residence hall move-in. Students may reload the card with additional funds directly through either A2 Café.

(Note: The meal cards are neither refundable nor replaceable. Like cash, if a student loses the card or if it's stolen, it will not be replaced.)

Residents who live in Webster Hall, Panoramic Residences, Arkansas Residences and Country Club Terrace may independently purchase a meal card directly from either A2 Café.

A2 Cafe can be reached in San Francisco at (415) 863.8169 or in Oakland at (510) 594.3627

Are the rooms furnished?

Yes!

First Year Housing (Clifton Hall, Avenue Apartments, Irwin Hall) - Oakland

Clifton and Irwin Halls offer rooms that are equipped with extra-long twin beds, dresser, chair, and desk. Residents in the Clifton and Irwin Halls share common kitchens (rooms are equipped with small refrigerator/freezer units).

Rooms in the Avenue Apartments are equipped with extra-long twin beds, dresser, and chairs. Students in the Avenue Apartments also have full kitchens and living room areas.

First Year Overflow Housing (Country Club Terrace) - Oakland

Country Club Terrace units are furnished with a regular twin bed, dresser, desk and chair for each student assigned. Similar to Ave Apts, Country Club Terrace units also have kitchens and living room areas.

Webster Hall - Oakland

Webster Hall offer rooms that are equipped with extra-long twin beds, dresser, chair, and desk. Residents in Webster hall share common kitchens (rooms are equipped with small refrigerator/freezer units). Because microwaves are not allowed in Webster Hall student rooms, a microwave is provided in each of the community kitchens. Each room in Webster has a small mini-fridge.

Panoramic Residence - San Francisco

Rooms in Panoramic Residence are equipped with extra-long twin beds with under bed dressers (except for the doubles rooms in the suites), shared tables and chairs, a kitchenette in each room with a dishwasher, range and convection microwave.

Arkansas Residence - San Francisco

Students who live in Arkansas will have rooms are equipped with extra-long twin beds, dressers, and a desk and chair are located outside of the room for each resident. Arkansas apartments also boast a living room and kitchen with a convection oven.

CCA does not provide linen or kitchen supplies (e.g., pots, pans, and dishes). You might want to coordinate with roommate in what to bring.

What about laundry facilities?

Yes—washing machines and dryers are available in each residence hall with the exception of Irwin. Irwin residents will use the laundry facilities in Clifton Hall. Washers and dryers in Clifton and Webster take quarters. The machines in Arkansas and Panoramic take debit and credit cards for an added convenience of use.

Where do I access public transportation if I live in the Residential Cummunity?

For those living in Clifton Hall, Irwin Hall, and the Avenue Apartments the Rockridge BART station is seven blocks from your community.

The 51 AC Transit bus lines stops on the corner of College and Broadway, which runs from downtown Oakland to downtown Berkeley.

For those living in Webster Hall, the 12th Street BART station is located just two blocks away and the 51 AC Transit bus lines stops by the BART station also.

Panoramic Residence Halls has many bus lines close by on Market Street and the 14 Mission stops on the street in front of the building. The nearest BART Station to Panoramic is the Civic Center BART station on Market.

The nearest bus stop to Arkansas Residence is on Connecticut and 17th or 16th and Wisconsin. The nearest BART stations are the 16th & Mission St station or the Civic Center BART station on Market.

Please check 511.org for direction and schedules to SF Bay Area Public Transportation options and BART for information and schedules for BART service.

The CCA shuttle runs several times a day (Monday through Friday) from Webster Hall to the Oakland campus, and then to the San Francisco campus, Panoramic and back again.

Is my room internet compatible?

All rooms and apartments are equipped with wireless internet. Connection information is provided upon check in.

Where are the nearest banking facilities?

Three banks are located within a block of CCA's Oakland campus: Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Near Webster Hall are Bank of America, Bank of the West, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The nearest bank to Panoramic Residences is the Chase Bank on Market and 8th Street.

The nearest back to Arkansas Residences is the Citibank on Rhode Island and 16th Street.

What is my mailing address?

Residents that live in Clifton, Avenue, Irwin, Webster and Country Club Terrace should use the following:

  • Resident Name - Mailbox # and/or Building Assigned to
  • 5276 Broadway
  • Oakland, CA 94618

Residents that live in Panoramic should use:

  • Resident Name - Mailbox #
  • 1321 Mission St - Room#
  • San Francisco, CA 94103

Residents that live in Arkansas should use:

  • Resident Name - Mailbox #
  • 75 Arkansas St - Room#
  • San Francisco, CA 94107
Is housing available during breaks?

Housing in Arkansas and Panoramic is available during the Winter and Spring Break.

Housing in Oakland (Clifton, Avenue, Irwin, Webster and Country Club Terrace) is only available during Spring Break. Housing in Oakland is closed during Winter Break.

Do you have housing for couples on campus?

Unfortunately, Housing at CCA does not offer housing for couples or families. If you are looking for housing off-campus, my might try our Off-Campus Housing page for resources to aid you in your search.

Can I bring a car to CCA?

Residential students in the First-Year Community (Clifton Hall, Avenue Apartments, Irwin Hall & Country Club Terrace) are not permitted to bring vehicles to the college due to an agreement made with the City of Oakland.

By agreeing to the Housing License Agreement, FYC residents are acknowledging this policy and are therefore subject to strict disciplinary procedures if a vehicle they are using is found on or near the Oakland campus.

For residents that live in Webster and in our San Francisco residence halls, please know that parking is extremely difficult to find in downtown Oakland and in San Francisco. Public transportation in the Bay Area is easy to access from all our residence hall. Not having a car can be one less thing to manage while focusing on your studies.

What should I bring?

Please know that we want every student to feel at home when living in Housing at CCA but we want to make sure that you don’t overload yourself when you come because as some point, you will have to think about move out. With that being said, consider the following:

Alarm Clock - A must in order to make those morning classes.

Backpack or Book Bag - Probably the most useful thing you'll own.

Broom or Small Vacuum - You might want to sweep or vacuum the tile floor or carpet in your room. Custodial Services cleans and maintains the common areas in the residence halls, but does not enter students' individual rooms to clean.

Desk Lamp or Floor Lamp - Lighting for your desk and for more general room light is a good idea. Please choose energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL), when purchasing bulbs for your lamps.

Halogen torchière floor lamps and halogen desk lamps, however, are not allowed under fire safety rules.

Fan - For the window or the floor. There are some days in September and May that are hot and sticky; a fan will keep you comfortable. Residence halls are not air-conditioned during the academic year.

Hangers - To go in your clothes closet; hangers are not provided with the room. If you bring a surplus, don't give them away too quickly, or by the middle of the year you may find suddenly that you no longer have enough.

Iron and Ironing Board - These are not provided, so if you want to iron, bring an iron and a mini board that you can set up in your room when you need it. If you are a Fashion Design student, you really might want to consider this.

Laundry Supplies - Bring a laundry hamper/basket, detergent, softener. Consider purchasing cold water laundry liquid detergent, which will clean your clothes safely and save energy. Those pods don’t work very well in our machines.

Linens - Remember twin extra-long mattresses are 36 x 80 inches. Bring sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforter, towels, etc.

Posters, Pictures and Memorabilia - Please use "fun tac," the squishy gum-like stuff - not tape, double-sided tape, tacks or nails - to hang stuff on the painted walls and doors of your room. The advantage of Fun Tac is that it comes off the wall without damaging the paint, whereas screws and double-stick foam tape are likely to pull paint when removed (and thus incur a damage charge for repair).

Shower Caddy - Remember, you are most likely sharing a bathroom with other students and want to keep your items organized and ready to go. Flip flops to wear in the shower might be a consideration also.

Surge Protectors - By fire safety regulation, grounded, 15-ampere rated surge protectors are the only type of extension cord allowed in the residence halls. This is a very important fire safety rule - overloaded extension cords can cause fires!

For an expanded list please visit our Suggested Amenities page.

What can I expect regarding safety at CCA?

The safety of all members of the CCA community is a top priority for CCA. Housing & Residential Life partner with our Public Safety department to assist residents in their safety needs. We ask all our residents to support us in promoting a safe community by locking your doors when you are not in your room, do not leave your valuables unattended, use proper locking techniques and instruments to secure laptops and bikes and do not leave backpacks unattended. And if you notice any suspicious activity in or around your residence hall, please call Public Safety at 415.703.9510. You can find more campus safety information on the Campus Safety webpage.

Can I request a roommate(s) on my housing application?

Yes, you can request roommate(s) on your housing application. All requests must be mutual requests to be honored. Meaning, both and/or all parties will have to ask for each other and both and/or all parties will have to have paid their housing deposit fee by the priority deadline for the request to be honored.