Housing for International Students
Student housing is a great option for international students coming to Boise State University for the first time. Apply early for the best selection.
- View your housing options
- Apply for housing or apartments
- Get your housing assignment
- Prepare to move in
- Manage your housing payments
Are international students required to live on campus?
Living on campus is convenient and is a great way to be involved with the campus community, but you are not required to live on campus. For a list of off-campus housing near the university, you can view the off-campus-housing list update.
When can international students move into on-campus housing?
You should plan to arrive in Boise 2-3 days before the required International Student Orientation. After you apply for on-campus housing, make sure to apply for “Early Arrival” housing by logging on to your myHousing account. This is important, so you will have a place to live when you arrive.
Do you want to purchase a meal plan?
Meal plans are convenient and an excellent way to get connected to other Boise State student, faculty, and staff, but are only required for First-Year students living on campus.
In addition to the Boise River Cafe dining hall in the Student Union Building, there are convenience stores, cafes, food courts and American-concept restaurants such as Subway, Starbucks, Moxie Java, Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, Papa Johns, Einstein Bros. Bagels and others.
Check the Meal Options page to learn how to sign up.
What if you do not want to purchase a meal plan?
First-Year students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. Students who choose not to purchase a meal plan can still eat on campus with your friends by paying per meal or per food item with money, credit card, or the Bronco ID Card. The City of Boise has several international markets as well as grocery stores within walking or bike-riding distance from campus where you can purchase food and other grocery items.