The Department of Residence Life (DRL) is part of a larger and dynamic organization, Housing & Dining Services (HDS). DRL employs over 500 staff members from full-time and professional staff to graduate and undergraduate students. 

Find our vision, mission and values below. Click on the links on the left to learn more about HDS and Residence Life.

VISION of Housing & Dining Services

The best living and learning experience in higher education.

MISSION of Housing & Dining Services

We create housing and dining experiences that enhance personal growth and global engagement.

VALUES of Housing & Dining Services

Customer First Service

Commitment to Students and Staff


Respect and Teamwork

Inclusiveness and Diversity



Housing & Dining Services (HDS) is responsible for the management, finance, administration, and program development of all University housing facilities, including 14 residences halls (over 5,000 student residents), more than 800 University apartment units, and Mountain Campus, CSU’s mountain campus.

HDS is comprised of the following departments:

  • Apartment Life
  • Bilingual Services
  • Business Services
  • Communications
  • Conference Services
  • Dining Services
  • Facility Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Mountain Campus
  • Housing & Dining Services Facilities
  • RamCard Office
  • Residence Life
  • Safety & Training
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Services.

HDS is the largest department on campus, employing approximately 1,750 people. Of those, approximately 400 are full-time employees and 1,350 are students and hourly staff.

To learn more about HDS, please visit the main HDS website here.

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