At San Francisco State University, the residence community provides a "home away from home" for about 1,500 students. Campus living places students in the heart of a close-knit community where they can 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.

San Francisco State University offers two traditional residence halls, Mary Ward and Mary Park Halls for first and second year students. Upper division students have the opportunity to apply to live in the new Village at Centennial Square Apartments.

Residence Halls

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. All rooms are wired with television cable, Internet, and telephone access. Each building provides on-site laundry and vending machines.

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 and services which include:

The Village at Centennial Square Apartments

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.

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.

Freshmen or sophomore students are encouraged to request an application packet for the Residence Halls by contacting Housing and Residential Services, Mary Ward Hall, 800 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132; (415) 338-1067; e-mail: housing@sfsu.edu; or go to www.sfsu.edu/~housing.

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.