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Student Life at HSU

Creative and open-minded. Friendly and curious. Progressive and different. That's Humboldt State students, and they do quite a bit more than complete their degree requirements. They explore, volunteer, organize and play. They try new things and challenge the status quo.

At Humboldt State, we encourage you to pursue your interests and follow your own path—in the classroom and beyond.


Get Involved

A great way to get connected and make friends is to get involved with campus activities. There's always something going on, from festivals to football games, big events to special lectures.

Scale the 40-foot rock wall in the Student Rec Center, go for a run on the community forest trails, join a club or organize your own. There are nearly 200 campus clubs, intramural sports teams and Greek organizations to choose from.


Living Here

Living on campus is a great way to meet friends and get connected to all HSU has to offer. As an on-campus resident you’ll be at the heart of a university committed to your academic success. Whether you live on or off campus, HSU has resources to make you feel at home.

Green Dorm Room

One of our "green dorm rooms." Learn more

On-campus Housing options

Our apartments and residence halls are located in a spectacular setting–on the edge of a 2,500-acre Redwood forest–and yet just a short walk from the heart of campus.

More about Housing

Theme Housing

When you come to HSU, you can choose a residence hall organized around a theme. Theme Housing gives you a chance to live and learn for a year alongside people who share your interests.

  • Academic Intensive Living
  • Colony of The Arts
  • Eco Living
  • Health + Wellness
  • Indoor Adventure
  • International Living
  • Native American Living
  • Natural Resources + Sciences Living
  • Outdoor Adventures + Community Service (OACS)
  • Rainbow Community
  • Upperclassmen and Non-Traditional Aged Student Housing
  • Veterans Housing

Learn about themes

Dining

Humboldt State is home to plenty of great eateries. They range from small markets and coffee shops to a full-service cafeteria and a food court. There’s even a full-service restaurant. Healthy options and local products are plentiful.

Dining Information


Exploring Humboldt

There's plenty of adventure to be found beyond campus, and getting connected with our unique area is a big part of the Humboldt experience.

The natural environment around campus is an outdoor adventurer's paradise, highlighted by ancient redwood forests and wild coastline. Within just a few minutes of campus, you can bike, camp, canoe, climb, hike, kayak, surf and much more. In fact, National Geographic Adventure magazine calls our hometown of Arcata one of its "50 next great adventure towns."

Arcata is also a great college town, and nearby Eureka also offers small-town charm. They both have excellent coffee houses, clubs, art galleries, restaurants and book stores. The area also has a slew of fun annual festivals and events.

Farmers Market

Students shopping at the Arcata Farmer's Market


Getting Support

All over campus you'll find people committed to your success. We know you'll do best when you get plenty of personal attention. With all the support campus has to offer, you won't be on your own when it comes to figuring out college life.