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At University Courtyard, we strive to develop a dynamic and comprehensive living and learning community where our residents have the opportunity to enhance their college experience, while living and studying alongside a diverse population of Fresno State students. University Courtyard is the only on-campus housing offered at Fresno State giving students not only the benefit of living at the heart of university life, but the convenience of close proximity to classes and the library, as well as a secure and safe environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the following pages, see for yourself why University Courtyard is where you belong! • 3

University Courtyard IT’S WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.



Students live on-campus here at University Courtyard.

of University Courtyard residents earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher in their fall semester.

Study and live among students from all walks of life.


Different halls, 3 community-style & 6 suite-style buildings. Choose the living arrangement that best suits your needs.


Meal Plans Choose from a 10 flex, 14, 14 flex and 19 meal plan.

Why University Courtyard? Academic Success


University Courtyard provides a variety of programs designed to supplement and support the academic success of our residents. Statistics prove that University Courtyard residents are more likely to succeed in college than students living off-campus and have a higher GPA than the Fresno State average.

Residents at University Courtyard don’t have to worry about access to classes, buildings, parking and events on-campus, they live as close as you can get! Our facilities are located within easy walking distance of everything on-campus, including the Henry Madden Library, Kennel Bookstore, Student Union and the Save Mart Center. The students who live on-campus also have access to our Residential Life Staff, who are available 24-7 provide support as they navigate college life.


University Courtyard utilizes an electronic key card system to ensure security for our residents. Our Public Safety Assistants (with Resident Advisors and University Police) patrol the halls in the evening and early morning hours to make you feel secure in your environment. Residents can also easily access Fresno State’s on-campus escort service for transportation to and from night classes and campus events. Furthermore, each room comes with a lockable safe (for an additional fee) where residents can store valuable belongings.


Living on-campus is an experience you’ll never forget. You will have the opportunity to meet students from all walks of life and forge friendships that will last far beyond your college years. Do not worry about meeting people; University Courtyard’s Residential Life Staff runs over 360 social and educational programs each year geared towards giving residents the opportunity to meet others. 4 •

Unmatched Value Here at University Courtyard we take care of everything for you. One price includes: air conditioning and heat, meals, utilities (electricity, gas, water, garbage and sewer), fully furnished room, access to all amenities and programs offered by University Courtyard, basic cable, internet, housekeeping and maintenance. The halls remain open over holiday breaks at no additional charge. This all-inclusive package allows students to focus on the more important aspects of college, including academic success and having fun!



Customer Service

In addition to providing a source of 24 hour-a-day assistance to residents and visitors, the Atrium Desk offers equipment checkout and package pick-up. You can borrow a vacuum, check out kitchen keys, or receive help should you lock yourself out of your room. Also, our Maintenance Staff is on-call 24 hours a day to take care of our facilities.

Fitness Center Located just steps away from your room, the 24-hour fitness center has ellipticals, treadmills, bikes and weight lifting equipment.


Mile Commute

Located right on-campus, University Courtyard is a short walking distance from the library, classrooms, University Student Union, Save Mart Center and other great attractions at Fresno State.


Swimming Pool Area Enjoy the outdoors with your friends at University Courtyard. The swimming pool area includes barbecue pits, a sand volleyball court, a horseshoe pit and picnic tables for use by residents.

Computer Lab With state-of-the-art computer stations on a high speed fiber optic network, the computer lab gives students a nearby location to access desktop computers. The lab is accessible 7 am to 12 am (midnight) exclusively for resident use and a pay-for-print laser printer is available.

Temperature Control Unlimited air conditioning and heating in each room allows residents to live in their ideal condition.

Laundry Facilities Washers and dryers are available 24/7 and conveniently located throughout University Courtyard.

Free Basic Cable

Basic cable includes 90+ channels that are included for FREE in each room.


Guaranteed Classes

The first 400 Freshman to apply by May 1st get 3 classes guaranteed through our learning communities.

Home is the nicest word there is. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

High Speed Internet University Courtyard offers FREE Wi-Fi in the community halls and hardwired internet in the suites. (Modems provided.) • 5

Your Home Away From Home After choosing Fresno State, students are interested in their housing options. University Courtyard provides two different living styles for you to choose from; community and suite style buildings. Students who feel connected to their neighbors and feel safe in their homes have a better chance of succeeding academically, so it’s important that you choose the style of living that best meets your needs. Apply as soon as possible for the best chance at receiving the hall or room type you request. All room assignments are done based on date and time of the completed application on file.

All the comforts of home: Rooms also include: Window with covering, closets, cabinet and storage space, carpeting, overhead light, smoke detector and thermostat control.

Twin XL loft bed

Lighted book carrel Large desk 3-drawer dresser

2-drawer file cabinet

NOTE: Triple rooms have a standard

2-position chair

desk and either a 3-drawer dresser and closet or wardrobe dresser/closet.

Community Style Living Community style living provides you with the best opportunity to live with a group of students who have similar goals and educational desires. It also allows you to meet a diverse group of residents - the majority of which are new to the Fresno area. Approximately 650 men and women are assigned to coed community style halls. Double occupancy rooms are located along a shared hallway in a traditional residence hall (limited singles available; no triples available). • Double occupancy room located along a shared hallway • Gender designated common bathroom with private dressing/shower stalls • Gender designated wings • Laundry facilities on first floor • Resident mailboxes located in lobby area

• Study rooms • Recreation rooms • Furnished lobby area with television • Kitchenette on the first floor • Microfridge in each room • Hall desk staffed nightly • FREE wireless internet • FREE basic cable

Community Halls: Baker, Graves and Homan 6 •







Suite Style Living If you are looking for a greater degree of privacy and a living








One, two or three bedrooms in a suite (limited singles and triples available) • Shared living room area, fully furnished with: Loveseat, Chair, Coffee table, Bookshelf, Microfridge • Shared bathroom in each suite • Limited terrace/balcony suites available









C arrangement that includes its own living room, bathroom Band hallway, then consider applying to live in the suite style halls. Housing approximately 420 men and women, the design of the suite style makes living with a close group of friends possible.


• Laundry facilities on each floor (exceptions: Cedar and Ponderosa) • Suites are gender designated • Mailboxes located in Atrium • FREE high speed internet • FREE basic cable

Residence Suites: Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Ponderosa, Sequoia and Sycamore


Quiet Living Areas All of University Courtyard observes quiet hours from 11pm to 7am Sunday through Thursday, 1am to 7am Friday and Saturday, but certain halls offer increased quiet hours. In these halls, quiet hours are extended to meet the needs of residents who desire to live in an environment with pre-established guidelines about noise. In quiet living areas, quiet hours are observed from 8pm to 7am Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 7am Friday and Saturday. The designated quiet halls are: Aspen, Ponderosa and Homan.

Choosing a Room Type We know there are many things that come into play when choosing which room type to live in. To help you in your decision we have created a small chart that will aid you in choosing the room type that best suits your needs. Answer these general questions about yourself and see what room type best fits your personality! *The result of this chart serves as a suggestion. The result does not require you to choose that room type.

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Are you an incoming:

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What are 1 you moving 2 in? 3

Freshman Transfer Graduate

Not a lot of stuff Most of my stuff My whole room

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How do you socially interact?

(in a group of )

What is most important?

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7 or more 4-6 0-3

1 2 3

More affordable Traditional experience More privacy

Directions: Total the sum of your answers and divide by 4. The number you get reflects what style would best suit you.


Suite Triple

Home is where your story begins. - Annie Danielson


Community Style


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The Residential Life program at University Courtyard is one of the many reasons to live on-campus. Our staff is here to both challenge and support our students on their journeys. Our staff offers over 360 events a year that gives students the opportunity to interact, have fun, learn and develop relationships.

Our Goals • To provide personal support for the individual student. • To provide a sense of belonging in University Courtyard and Fresno State through providing and supporting social,

recreational, athletic and cultural programming.

• To maintain a sense of community and an academically supportive environment by establishing limits. • To promote an atmosphere that is conducive to creating an appreciation, understanding, and acceptance of individual

differences and lifestyles regardless of socio-economic status, physical abilities, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender identity, learning styles, life experiences, or political affiliation. • To encourage retention of residents and to develop student growth through providing services and educational programs which both challenge and support our residents. To also support Fresno State services and programs which do the same. • To provide student leadership and training opportunities.

Our Desire It is our hope that you get involved with your community, succeed academically, and find opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. Research indicates that students who live on-campus for even just one year are more likely to complete their degrees in four years and achieve a higher grade point average than students who never live on-campus. Our staff is here to help you be a successful student, have fun and enjoy the college experience.

Get Involved in Leadership at University Courtyard At University Courtyard, we want you to participate in community activities and explore your leadership potential. As a resident there are a variety of opportunities for you to develop leadership skills and discover where you belong.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Drug and Alcohol Committee

RHA is our premier leadership group. Its members function as a representative body of the residents at University Courtyard. RHA tackles issues and concerns relating to our students, always seeking to make on-campus residential living even better.

University Courtyard’s Drug and Alcohol Committee is a group that plans events and programs relating to alcohol and drug abuse awareness.

Academic Success Committee Academic Success is a committee that looks for ways to support our residents academically. Each spring semester, this committee plans the Academic Success Banquet for students who achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the fall semester.

Health and Wellness Committee Health and Wellness Committee focuses on programs and activities intended to inform our residents on issues relating to physical, psychological and emotional health.

Leadership Class At the beginning of the spring semester we offer a leadership class (RA 70) for residents of University Courtyard. This 9-week, 2 unit class covers the foundations of leadership, discussing and practicing the skills needed to be a good leader. Although this class is required for all of our Residential Life Staff positions, all students are welcomed and encouraged to take the class.

UC BEST (Bulldog Energy Sustainability Team) UC BEST implements and plans initiatives geared toward better sustainability within our living area.

To get involved with any of these committees, contact a member of our Residential Life Staff when you get to campus by calling 559-278-8134 or emailing Tyler Miller at 8 •

Dining Services Just a short walk from your room, the University Dining Hall (UDH) has a variety of meal options to fit everyone’s palate. With breakfast, lunch and dinner offered during the week and brunch and dinner offered on weekends, you will never have to worry about cooking for yourself. We even take care of the dishes! There are multiple meal plans to choose from to fit your dining and budget needs. Selection of a meal plan is required for on-campus living. (Exception: Graduate Students.)

Meal Plan Options 19 Meal Plan Eat every meal that the UDH offers on a daily basis. 14 Flex Meal Plan Select up to 14 of the 19 meals served per week in the UDH, plus receive $150 each semester for use at any other University Dining Services location on-campus. 14 Meal Plan Select up to 14 of the 19 meals served per week in the UDH. 10 Flex Meal Plan Select up to 10 of the 19 meals served per week in the UDH, plus receive $150 each semester for use at any other University Dining Services location on-campus.

University Dining Hall (UDH)

On-Campus Dining Options

The UDH serves a variety of meals on a daily basis. No matter your dietary needs, the UDH will have something for you at every meal. You can choose food from a variety of options: main dishes, soup and salad bars, potato and pasta bars, cooked to order meals from the grill, vegetarian options and desserts. Throughout the year, the UDH will host special events such as themed meals, outdoor barbecues and vendor fairs.

Whether you are in need of a quick lunch to take on the go, or a specialty coffee to get you through an early morning class, University Dining Services has something for everyone. With numerous dining choices, students never have to worry about having a great selection of things to eat. Our on-campus dining establishments include: Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks, USU Snack Bar, The Bucket Grill, Taco Bell, Paws-N-Go Market, Bulldogbites Mobile and the Satellite Student Union Snack Bar. Conveniently located throughout the Fresno State campus, students have the flexibility to eat what they want, in the environment they prefer. For those students who choose a “flex” meal plan, their flex cash can be used at any of our on-campus dining locations.

Bring a Friend to the UDH Do you want to bring someone with you to eat at the UDH? No problem! Our residents are allowed an allocation of guest meals that they can use throughout the semester simply by swiping their meal card. Guest meals will be deducted from the total number of meals available to the student. The guest must be accompanied by the student in order to be admitted to the UDH.

Special Dietary Needs University Dining Hall will assist you in selecting foods that meet your special needs. Please call the University Dining Hall Staff at 559.278.3904 or email to discuss your specific requirement.

Home is people, not a place. - Robin Hobb • 9

Final Steps

Please keep in mind: applying for housing is a separate process than applying to Fresno State.

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Decide on a room type.

Refer to page 6 & 7

Fill out your application!

Use the checklist to the right to make sure you have everything!

Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee & the $150 security deposit.


Application Checklist 1. Read the entire application packet, either included in this brochure or online at 2. Follow the instructions provided on each document and answer every question. Incomplete or unanswered questions can affect your on-campus living application status. Be sure to complete and submit the following: Student Housing & Meal Plan License Agreement Application Personal Profile Emergency and Health Insurance Card Meningococcal Immunization Form (Freshmen Only) Payment Plan Agreement $50 non-refundable application fee $150 security deposit Verify that you have answered all questions and signed all documents. Be sure to keep copies for your records. 3. Submit the completed application to: University Courtyard California State University, Fresno 5152 North Barton Avenue M/S RH82 Fresno, CA 93740-8013 Your completed application should be submitted early to University Courtyard for your best opportunity to receive your preferred housing. Students are assigned based on the date their completed application is received.



Job Opportunities

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

University Courtyard employs a number of students each semester in various departments within our offices and buildings. This includes our Computer Lab Staff, Atrium Customer Service Desk Assistants, Accounting Assistants, Maintenance and Marketing Staff, as well as our Residential Life Staff and Summer Conference Staff. Some positions are classified as “Room and Board” where students, instead of being paid an hourly wage, work a set number of hours in exchange for housing. Job openings are on our website at and applications for available positions are located in the Atrium.

If you have a disability that will affect any aspect of your stay at University Courtyard, please do not hesitate to contact us regarding accommodations that you might require. We have a number of rooms available in certain buildings designated for students with disabilities. You will also need to register with the Services for Students with Disabilities office located on-campus. Room assignments begin June 1st. If your SSD request is not submitted prior to room assignments, we may not be able to accommodate your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us or make an appointment with our Coordinator of Housing Operations by calling 559.278.2345 or email at

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After You Apply You can expect to receive information in the mail confirming the receipt of your application within two to three weeks. • If the correspondence indicates COMPLETE with no clarifications, there is

nothing further you need to do.

• If the correspondence indicates clarifications are needed, please call

800.555.0482 to take care of these clarifications as soon as possible. Clarifications do not affect the status of your application, but could cause difficulty in placing you according to your preferences. • If the correspondence indicates your status as INCOMPLETE, your application is missing crucial documents. Until these documents are received, your application will not be eligible to be processed. Please call 1.800.555.0482 immediately to complete your application.

Wait List As an applicant, if you are placed on the wait list we are at full capacity and unable to guarantee you a bed space. If we are unable to guarantee you a bed space by the start of the contract period applied for, you will be assessed the $50 non-refundable application fee and released from your license agreement. The $50 processing fee and additional charges will not be assessed.

Cancellation Policy University Courtyard housing application and Fresno State admission are separate processes. If you decide not to attend Fresno State after applying to University Courtyard, make sure to follow the directions to cancel your housing agreement and avoid unnecessary charges. It is your responsibility to notify each office separately. Applicants (academic year or NEW spring only) with guaranteed or assigned temporary beds must submit the cancellation form via certified mail. Phone cancellations are not accepted. To view our full cancellation policy or download the cancellation form, visit our website at

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There’s no place like home. - L. Frank Baum • 11

University Courtyard California State University, Fresno 5152 N. Barton Avenue RH 82 Fresno, CA 93740-8013


800.555.0482 559.278.2345 559.278.5020

Baker Cedar Ave.


University Dining Hall

Aspen Ponderosa Sycamore

Graves Atrium


Shaw Ave.

Birch Cedar Sequoia

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