Center for International Services & Programs

International Student Arrival Information

Arrival date:

Plan to arrive early enough to get settled in your housing and attend orientation before your classes begin. Immigration regulations allow you to arrive no more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20. It is a good idea to plan to arrive in Cleveland with enough time to get used to the city and climate and to secure your housing before the university begins.

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please email the CISP International Team at

If you have admissions related questions please email International Admissions Processing at

Transportation to Cleveland State:

Upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins (CLE) airport in Cleveland, you have the following transportation options to get to CSU:

  • Uber:
  • Lyft:
  • Ohio Connection: The Ohio Connection Shuttle service provide door to door transportation to and from the Cleveland Hopkins and the Akron–Canton Airport. For Rates and reservations:
  • Taxi: If you take a taxi from the airport to CSU, it will cost between $25.00 and $30. If you arrive late at night, we suggest that you stay the night in a hotel near the airport or near the campus.
  • Train: Located in the airport, the Rapid Transit will take you to Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland, the train cost is $2.50. You can then take a free E-line Green bus which travels in a loop to CSU. You may also take a taxi cab from Terminal Tower to CSU that will cost $6.00 or $7.00 dollars.
  • Global InterVarsity: Airport pick up and short-term housing (3-4 days) can be pre-arranged with at least one week in advance. While these services are free, restrictions apply.  Email us at:
  • International Friends: Volunteers are available to pick you up at the airport and/or provide temporary housing for up to 4 days with prior reservations. Pre-arrange at least one week in advance To request airport pickup and temporary housing:  click here.


Cleveland State University is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse any transportation service provider that is listed above and utilized by any group or individual.

Cleveland State University does not insure any transportation services provider whatsoever, and does not provide transportation services insurance for third party providers.

Any group or individual who chooses to use any third party transportation services listed on this website does so at their own risk and responsibility without exception.

Temporary Housing Options:

One of the most important issues to address after students are admitted to CSU is where they are going to live.  Housing depends on a student’s financial situation, desired commute time to and from school, and the location they want to live in.  Choosing the right housing option contributes significantly to your mental peace and educational success. 

Airbnb began in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay. From futons on the floor to castles on the hilltop, each Airbnb listings is unique. Search results feature entire homes, private rooms, and shared rooms at every price point. Hosts describe their space in detail, including available amenities and arrival and departure times, and guests leave reviews about their experience.

Some of surrounding cities and neighborhoods include:  Parma, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Tremont, Ohio City, and Euclid.

Please visit their website for rates and locations:

Cleveland Hostel is a non- smoking.  It's also 1 block from the Westside Market and the bars and restaurants of Ohio City so students should enjoy the area. It looks like the hostel can accommodate 26 - 32 students in these "hostel style" bunk rooms. $26.00-$27.30 per night.

Price is per person per night.


Click here to learn more about Global InterVarsity Homestay Options (CSU Student Based Organization) Global InterVarsity is a welcoming family of CSU international students and Americans who offer fun and meaningful activities designed with you in mind. We help new students acclimate to their new environment and build new friendships. Together, we discover and enjoy our purpose and place in life. While we are a faith-based student organization, we warmly welcome individuals of all faiths and beliefs.  We look forward to meeting and serving you as you come to Cleveland! Please visit our Facebook page, Global InterVarsity, for photos and more details. 

Airport pick up and short term housing (3-4 days) can be arranged when you first arrive in Cleveland whenever possible. While these services are free, restrictions apply.  Email us at:

Click here to learn more about International Friends Homestay Options (CSU Student Based Organization) International Friends (IFI Cleveland) is a faith-based community organization that works in partnership with universities and volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars and family members. We are eager to support and serve all students regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc...  When internationals first arrive, volunteers are available to pick them up at the airport and/or provide temporary housing for up to 4 days. Those arriving in Cleveland can request airport pickup and temporary housing click here.

The American Homestay Network (AHN-USA) provides international students with the option to live with American families for as little as 1 month to as long as a school year. Students choose how close to campus they would like to live (premium = less than 30 minutes by public transit and standard = 30-60 minutes by bus) and if they would like meals provided by their hosts or if they would like to prepare their own meals and AHN-USA matches those students with prescreened families. The American Homestay Network was launched by the Australian Homestay Network, which will place over 10,000 students in 2013. Find out more at or call 1-888-268-1903