It has almost 25 years since I lived in Chico, so I really do not have current information: but, I know who does:
Here's the most recent report (according to the website, but I would check by calling).
You can also check the Megan's Law Database:
In addition to an Apartment, you might also consider renting a detached home in order to expand your options:
Depending on your long-term plans and as Ginny suggests, running the numbers on a purchase may not be a bad idea either.
Nord is a busy area and lots of student activity. Sterling oaks, Cal Park and Forest Ave are all nice places.
If you need assistance in home buying and loans I can help you there too. I can send you emails of houses in the price range and criteria you are looking for in a house so you can see what you can get in that price range. I am also licensed to do lending. Chico has grown in the past 25 years but has pretty much the same dynamics as before. I'm born and raised right here. So if there is anything else I can help you with please call 530-321-5526. I see your timing is getting pretty close now.