Before You Leave

Here's what you need to do before arriving at campus.

Prepare your travel documents

Make sure all your travel documents and forms are completed and in order before leaving.

Learn About Travel Documents

Apply for housing

If you choose to live on campus, you will need to apply for housing. You will receive information about your housing directly from Residence Life.

Fill out the application early to help get your first choice of housing.

Apply for Housing

Complete required health forms

All entering undergraduate students are required to provide their medical history and immunization records.  There are also acknowledgement and screening forms to complete and upload.  The requirements, forms, instructions and the student health portal are accessed through Health Services

Tell us your arrival date

Let us know when you are arriving so that we're ready to help you.

Arrival Form

Make a Shuttle reservation 

Make shuttle reservation for transportation from airport to campus or to any other address  Prime Time Shuttle 

Please note that our offices close at 5:00pm. If your plane is delayed, or you go through secondary, or traffic is bad, you may not reach our campus by 5pm. Please have a contingency plan in case you can't make it to campus. Here is a list of area hotels: 


When you arrive in the U.S.

All airports are different. Follow the signs to customs. Show them your passport, your I-20, and have a print out of your class schedule as well as the support letter provided to you by OISS. You may have to show them your luggage at this time. Sometimes Border Officials will ask to see your luggage after you've shown your passport and I-20. Remember to be patient and polite. 

Once you are though Customs and have your luggage, call Prime Time Shuttle and have your reservation information handy. The Shuttle will pick you up under the green sign that says Long Distance Vans. Let the driver know that you have a reservation and are going to the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks or to another address. If you're coming to campus, ask to be dropped off in the main parking lot on the south side of Olsen Road, by the Welcome Center/ Campus Security.