Critical to student success at the CSU, the
Basic Needs Initiative takes a holistic look at students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. We’re working together to find better ways support our students on their
path to graduation.
CSU Basic Needs Flyer (PDF)
Read the CSU’s most recent research,
Phase 3: Comprehensive Study of College Student Basic Needs (PDF).
Select a CSU campus to view its pantry's Amazon Wish List, then order items and have them shipped directly to the campus.
A number of CSU campuses offer food assistance, emergency housing and additional resources for students.
See Student Resources
Read How the CSU Supports Students' Basic Needs
Find reports, presentations and best practices to help deliver basic needs services to students.
See Faculty & Staff Resources
The CSU is a national leader in studying the prevalence of food and housing insecurity as well as identifying and implementing solutions to support students’ basic needs.
View information and materials from the February 2018 conference hosted by Sacramento State.
Learn More About the 2018 Conference
Learn about the genesis of this important initiative and meet its staff at the CSU Office of the Chancellor.
There are a variety of ways to donate to a campus or to the CSU system to reach students who need help.
Receive more information about the Basic Needs Initiative as it’s available.