San Francisco State University offers residential living to 850 freshmen and sophomore students under the age of twenty. The university's traditional residence halls, Mary Ward and Mary Park Halls, are located in the heart of a close-knot community where students become actively involved in university life. Residents can participate in educational and cultural programs, explore new experiences, and make new friends--without the hassle of commuting. Living on campus is the best way to experience the respect for scholarship, human diversity, and cultural richness that makes SFSU one of California's preeminent public, urban universities.

Mary Ward and Mary Park Halls offer an ideal introduction to university life. All rooms are furnished, double occupancy, with two community bathrooms per floor. Each resident receives free cable TV hookup, telephone with voice mail, and high speed Internet connections. On-site laundry and vending machines are available in both buildings.

Residents are encouraged to run for floor representative positions and to join hall government organizations. Student leadership opportunities are abundant through both paid student staff and volunteer positions. Life in the residence halls offers a variety of excellent programs:


The Village apartments offer single and double occupancy apartments for upper-division students age 20 and over. Two-bedroom apartments accommodate four students sharing both bedrooms. Three-bedroom apartments accommodate four students, two of whom live in single bedrooms. Residents in the Village apartments have access to restaurants and shops right in their complex. Additionally, meal plans are available through the residential dining services.


The SFSU dining program is one of the best reasons to become a member of the on-campus community. The main dining room, City Eats, offers delicious menu selections within the Profiles in Good Taste marketplace. A variety of cook-to-order stations cater to students' taste for fresh and nutritious selections, including grilled entrees at the Fresh Grille, vegetarian dishes at Origins, and delicatessen items at Sandwich Central. The Café in the Park offers à la carte gourmet sandwiches, desserts, ice cream, and specialty coffees. Residents may choose a 19-, 15-, or 10-meals-a-week plan.

Eligibility and Application Process

All freshmen and sophomore students enrolled in an academic program at the university and carrying a minimum of twelve units are eligible to live in the Residence Halls. All upper-division students enrolled in an academic program at the university and carrying a minimum of twelve units are eligible to live in the Village at Centennial Square.

The housing application process is separate from the university's admission process and applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. San Francisco State does not guarantee housing to newly admitted students and does not give preference based on class level.

Due to high demand for housing spaces in San Francisco, the residence community fills quickly. Students are strongly advised to request a housing application before being admitted to the university.

Residence hall applications for freshmen or sophomore students are available on-line at www.sfsu.edu/~housing. Housing and Residential Services can also be contacted at Mary Ward Hall, 800 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132; (415) 338-1067; e-mail: housing@sfsu.edu, for additional information about the services listed here.

Upper-division students aged 20 and over are encouraged to request an application packet for the Village at Centennial Square by contacting The Village at Centennial Square Apartments, 750 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132; (415) 405-8000; e-mail: sfsu@eah.org or go to www.centennialvillage.com.


The university off-campus housing web site offers extensive links to rental and roommate notices, neighborhoods, contact information for apartment complexes, home-stays opportunities, and housing information for people with disabilities.

Students, staff, and faculty members can post, retrieve, and consult the information available at www.sfsu.edu/~housing/offcampus.html.

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