HOUSING AND FOOD SERVICES
San Francisco State University is proud to offer an exceptional on-campus living
community. The students and priorities of the residence community reflect the diversity of
the overall university population and experience, creating a true living-learning
environment within the residence halls and campus apartments. Nationwide studies
have found that resident students, as opposed to commuters, tend to have higher grade
point averages, higher retention and graduation rates, and stronger, more meaningful
interactions with faculty and other members of the university community.
The Residential Advantage
The student will want to consider living on campus at SFSU if s/he would like to add these
highlights to the university experience:
Life in the residence community offers a variety of excellent programs and facilities that
- Better access to classes, faculty, library, and campus events.
- Easy participation in campus activities and programs.
- Ready-made opportunities for socializing and meeting friends.
- Involvement in a variety of resident community activities.
- Easy access to study groups, academic tutorials, and support services.
- Convenient and cost efficient housing and food services.
- Multicultural programs, learning and support groups.
- Student leadership opportunities.
- Participation in residence government and orientation programs.
- Workshops on health, safety, study, and communication skills (and more!).
- Floor dinners, cook-outs, and ethnic food fests.
- 24-hour computer laboratory with both Macintosh and IBM clones.
- Fully-furnished social and study lounges.
- Cable television hook-ups, telephone service, and free utilities.
- Enhanced building security with 24-hour staffed reception desks in each building.
- Convenient laundry and vending services.
- Double occupancy rooms.
- Accommodations for students with disabilities.
Mary Park Hall and Mary Ward Hall offer both co-ed and all women's floor assignments in
an active community setting. Strongly recommended for undergrduates and lower division
students, life in the traditional halls provides an excellent orientation to the university
experience. Residents are encouraged to run for floor representative positions and to join
hall government organizations such as the Multicultural Action Committee and Rainbow
Resident Coalition. Student leadership opportunities are abundant through both paid
student staff and volunteer positions.
Located on a hillside of the campus, the Residence Apartments offer year-round housing
for almost 600 students. Students interested in the residence apartments must be over 20
years old or of at least junior class status. The Residence Apartments offer many of the
same community involvement opportunities as the traditional halls, but with an emphasis
on independent, apartment-style living. Double occupancy one- and two-bedroom
apartments are available. All apartments have wall-to-wall carpeting, are completely
furnished, offer private baths, and provide fully equipped kitchens with microwaves.
Residential Dining Services
The Residential Dining Program is committed to providing residents with a variety of
dining alternatives that are both healthy and delicious. All students living in the
Residence Halls contractually choose either "Any 15 Plus" or "Any 10 Plus" all-you-can-eat
meals from the nineteen meals served per week. Each meal plan also includes $100 in
flex "Gator Dollars." Residents use a cashless debit card that records their meal plan and
Gator Dollars, which use a declining balance system. Gator Dollars may be used instead
of cash at any of the residential dining facilities, as well as in the vending machines.
Apartment residents and non-resident students may also purchase meal plans and/or
Gator Dollars and are welcome to enjoy the cuisine at any of the dining facilities.
Students may purchase additional Gator Dollars at any time and purchases made with
Gator Dollars are not subject to sales tax. Gator Dollars equal convenience and savings!
City Eats Dining Center
Saturday and Sunday brunch
Monthly festive meals
Hall and floor dinners
Deli, grill, and pizza
Bi-weekly steak dinners
Salad bar and vegetarian selections
Cafe in the Park
Late night dining
Taco Bell® Express
The Application Process
Students may apply for on-campus housing before being admitted to the university, but
they must be a student to live in the residence community. Because of the high demand,
spaces fill quickly. For more information about housing and residential services, including
rates, contact the Business Services Office, weekdays from 9:00–5:00, by calling (415) 338-1067 or write for more information to:
Housing and Residential Services
Mary Ward Hall
800 Font Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94132