Students at CSUN have the option of living in the dorms all four years, although many choose to live off campus. Students who are not chosen in the on-campus housing lottery are also obligated to move off campus. Looking for off-campus housing is easy because the college is surrounded by apartment complexes. The apartments range from inexpensive to pricey, and the features of each complex vary, as well. Apartments may have fitness centers, barbecue areas, swimming pools and hot tubs, laundry units, covered parking, and central air and heating. Some complexes even offer to pay your water and gas utilities. Northridge is a bit more expensive than the surrounding areas, so if money is a concern, try to find a complex built before 1985 because all of these buildings offer rent control. However, if you have a pet, then you will have a more difficult time finding an apartment because many buildings do not allow them.
Ideally, try to move into an apartment with roommates because it is cheaper. However, if that doesn't work out, there is a housing office that helps students find roommates and a place to live after the dorms. Remember that even neighboring apartments can have extremely different policies. While some places fine you for having late-night parties, other complexes forgive the random gathering, but just don't make it a habit and you should be OK. The best thing is to ask around and find out which buildings suit you the best.