SF State Housing

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Do I have to be admitted to the University in order to apply for housing?

Do you provide single room or family housing on campus?

Can I live in the Residence Community for one semester?

Do I have to move out during breaks?

What are the dimensions of the rooms?

How is the pairing of roommates decided?

What do I need to bring?

Are pets allowed in the residence community?

How much is on-campus parking? How do I get the permits and where do I park?

Can parents or guardians who pay for their student's housing obtain information about the student's account?

Can Financial Aid pay for my Housing?

Can I get my Housing fees refunded?

How is priority assigned for housing?

How safe is the campus?

Do I have to reapply for housing if I don't get in?

What is included with my housing fees?

Are there on-site laundry facilities?

Can I receive mail and packages?

 

Do I have to be admitted to the University in order to apply for housing?

You do not have to wait to be admitted in order to apply for housing. We encourage all students to apply for housing prior to admittance to San Francisco State University. The housing application is available online starting October 1st of the year before you wish to live on campus.

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Do you provide single room or family housing on campus?

SF State University Housing Community has single occupancy rooms (in shared apartments) in the Village at Centennial Square (VCS), University Park South (UPS) and University Park North (UPN) bed space units. Unfurnished housing for faculty, staff or students with family is available in University Park South (UPS) and University Park North (UPN). Please contact the University Park Leasing Office at 415-564-4000 or univpark@sfsu.edu.

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Can I live in the Residence Community for one semester?

Housing License Agreements are available for the full academic year, as well as for the individual Spring and Summer semesters. Students who wish to live on campus for only the Fall semester must do a full academic year License Agreement and then complete the Intent to Vacate process.

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Do I have to move out during breaks?

License Agreements for the Residence Halls and the Science & Technology Theme Community (STTC) include Fall and Spring Recess, but not Winter break. License Agreements for the Towers, Village, and University Park bed space include all breaks. You may leave your belongings in the Residence Halls and STTC over the Winter break. Summer sessions are not included in any academic year License Agreement, and you may not leave your belongings even if you are returning for the next academic year. Students taking classes over the summer may complete a Summer License Agreement if they would like to live on campus for the duration of their classes.

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What are the dimensions of the rooms?

  • Residence Halls rooms are 15 feet by 12 feet or 180 sq. feet
  • STTC rooms are 250 sq. feet
  • TCS one-bedroom units are 600 sq. feet
  • TCS two-bedroom units are 900 sq. feet
  • VCS two-bedroom units are 900 sq. feet
  • VCS three-bedroom units are 1000 sq. feet
  • UPS and UPN units vary in square footage anywhere from 900 sq. feet to 1200 sq. feet

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How is the pairing of roommates decided?

If a resident already has a roommate in mind, the two residents can select each other on their preference form included in the License Agreement packet. Alternatively, in early June, confirmed new Freshman residents will receive an email link to our online Roommate Selection website, where they can meet students who are confirmed for the same building and room type. A resident can also choose to allow University Housing to select their roommate. Roommate requests are not guaranteed. Residents will be emailed at the end of July with their room number and roommate contact information.

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What do I need to bring?

Please see our "What to Bring" list

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Are pets allowed in the residence community?

The only pets allowed in the residence community are fish in aquariums of less than 10-gallon capacity.

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How much is on-campus parking? How do I get the permits and where do I park?

Permits for campus lots can be obtained at the University Bursar's Office at the beginning of each semester. For further information, contact University Parking and Transportation.

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Can parents or guardians who pay for their student's housing obtain information about the student's account?

Legally, student information cannot be provided to anyone, including parents, without the student's permission. Students will be sent a release form (FERPA) in with their license agreement packet. If this release form is completed and returned to the Housing Business Office, students' information can be released to the specified individual(s).

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Can Financial Aid pay for my Housing?

Financial Aid does not cover the Housing application fee or the initial payment that is due with the License Agreement. Depending on the student's specific Financial Aid package, Housing fees due after the beginning of the academic year can be covered in part or entirely by Financial Aid. For Financial Aid information, please see information on their website.

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Can I get my Housing fees refunded?

The $55.00 application fee is nonrefundable.
The initial payment due with the License Agreement is refundable. Students must notify Housing of cancellation in writing 30 or more days prior to move-in in order to receive a full refund of the initial payment. Fewer than 30 days of notice will result in partial refund. Students may submit the cancellation request online. If you are on the wait list you may cancel your License Agreement at any time and receive a full refund. The Bursar's Office reserves 6-8 weeks to process refunds.

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How is priority assigned for housing?

Students are mailed a License Agreement on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by application date. The License Agreement must be completed and returned with the first installment payment to the Housing Office before the deadline given in the License Agreement email to retain priority. Confirmation of Housing is based on availability. Any preferences listed on the License Agreement are not guaranteed. Please note that residents who wish to return for the following academic year go through a slightly different process. Please see our Returning Resident page for details.

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How safe is the campus?

The campus community encourages SF State students to stay alert and practice good judgment to ensure their safety while on campus. Please refer to the San Francisco State University Police Department website for crime statistics and the CARE program.

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Do I have to reapply for housing if I don't get in?

Applicants who are not confirmed for housing are automatically put on a wait list and contacted when spaces become available. Students who apply in the Summer or Fall semester may forward their application to Spring at no cost. Students who do not receive Housing during the academic year and wish to live on campus the following year must reapply.

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What is included with my housing fees?

All utilities are included with housing fees, including water; electricity; local calling; wireless internet; and basic cable with over 100 channels. You also have access to the Village Fitness Center while you are living on campus. Resident Assistants also provide on-campus programs that residents can participate in.

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Are there on-site laundry facilities?

Laundry rooms are available in each of the Residence Halls, the Towers, Village A/B and Village C. STTC residents use the TCS laundry room. There are also laundry facilities on each block of University Park North and South. The Residence Halls take coins while the other core housing buildings use Gator Dollars. Residents living in University Park must purchase a laundry card through an outside vendor.

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Can I receive mail and packages?

Each resident will be issued a key to an on-campus mailbox. If a package does not fit in the mailbox, the Resident Services staff will email the student, and they can pick up the package at the front desk of their building.

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