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 include:

Residence Halls

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.

Residence Apartments

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

Espresso Bar

Convenience store

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

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