Student Well-Being & Basic Needs

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 to support our students on their path to graduation.

​​​​​​Get Answers to Your Questions​​​​

​​​​CSU Basic Needs Flyer (PDF)​​

Read the CSU’s most recent research, Phase 3: Comprehensive Study of College Student Basic Needs (PDF).


Support a Campus Food Pantry

Select a CSU campus to view its pantry's Amazon Wish List, then order items and have them shipped directly to the campus.

Student Resources

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

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Faculty & Staff Resources

Find reports, presentations and best practices to help deliver basic needs services to students. ​

​​See Faculty & Staff Resources

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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.

​​Explore Resear​ch

2021 CHEBNA Learning Series

Learn more about the series of events.

​​Learn More and Register​​​

About Us

Learn about the genesis of this important initiative and meet its staff at the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Learn About Our Team 


There are a variety of ways to donate to a campus or to the CSU system to reach students who need help.

Give Through CSU Cares

Sign Up for Updates

Receive more information about the Basic Needs Initiative as it’s available.

Sign Up for Initiative Updates