The CSU is committed to the success of all 479,000 students within the 23-campus system. This means tackling barriers to student success both inside and outside the classroom, including food and housing insecurity.
In February 2015, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White commissioned a study to shed light on students’ food and housing insecurity.
Released in January 2016, findings from Phase 1 confirmed anecdotal feedback that CSU students are facing housing displacement and food insecurity. Additionally, students experiencing food and/or housing instability reported higher levels of stress.
Researching Basic Needs in Higher EducationThis guide is designed to support the replication of the study and professional collaboration, with the ultimate goal of helping to ensure the success of students experiencing basic needs insecurity. The guide describes instruments from both Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Studies on student food insecurity and hunger, and housing displacement and homelessness are being done at the CSU and at universities across the country.
Explore the Research
The 2018 conference is still being planned, but you can find resources from the 2016 CSU Conference to Best Meet the Needs of Housing Displaced & Food Insecure Students here.
A number of CSU campuses offer housing resources and food pantries for students, as well as other ways to find meals.
There are a variety of ways to donate to a campus or to the CSU system to reach students who need help.
Faculty and staff across the CSU are working to understand and better meet students’ basic needs.