Wait List

Due to limited availability of housing for both incoming and returning students, some students will be placed on the wait list after their License Agreement and the initial payment (licensing fees and deposit) is received and processed. Housing will continue to place students from the wait list into campus housing as spaces are made available via cancellations. Please read the information below for a detailed explanation of the wait list process.

The Fall 2019 wait list will close on October 31, 2019.

The new resident application period is from March 1 – May 15 and priority ends on March 31st. Students may continue to apply until the application closes on May 15, however, it is much more likely that the applicant will start out on wait list.  

Once all available spaces have been assigned, students who have submitted the online application, License Agreement, and have paid the initial payment (licensing fees and deposit) will be placed on the wait list.

The wait list order is based on completed initial payment and License Agreement date. If these items were received on different dates, the later date will be used.

There are six different wait lists:

  • Female Over 21
  • Female Under 21
  • Female Returner
  • Male Over 21
  • Male Under 21
  • Male Returner

Students will receive wait list updates twice a week at the beginning of June. The updates will be sent via email to each student's SF State email address and one alternate email specified by the student. Each update will indicate the applicant’s position on the wait list.

Please Note: There is no set pattern to how the wait list moves, so it is possible to get consecutive updates with no movement.

The Returning Resident Application period is February 18 – April 19. Students who were not able to obtain a space during the Self-Selection process (April 30-May 3) will be placed on the wait list. 

The wait list order is based on the completed initial payment (licensing fees and deposit) and License Agreement date. If these items were received on different dates, the later date will be used.

Students will receive wait list updates twice a week at the beginning of June. The updates will be sent via email to each student's SF State email address and one alternate email specified by the student. Each update will indicate the applicant’s position on the wait list.

Please Note: There is no set pattern to how the wait list moves, so it is possible to get consecutive updates with no movement.

Prior to the move-in date of August 18 - 20 the Housing Office will send the applicant a confirmation via email when space becomes available. Emails will be sent to the SF State email address and to one alternate email that the student indicates.

Confirmations will indicate the community and room type that the applicant has been assigned to. Students who receive confirmation do not need to contact Housing to accept the space. Since wait list movement is based on cancellations, the Housing Office cannot guarantee that applicants will receive confirmations that match their first preference. Applicants moved off of the wait list closer to Move-In Day may not have the opportunity to participate in the roommate selection process.

SF State Housing realizes and acknowledges the burden some of our students face as Move-In Day approaches and their housing is not yet settled. The Housing Office works rigorously on Move-In Day and the two weeks following to survey the housing community to collect accurate numbers of possible 'no-shows' so that spaces can be offered to students on the wait list.

After Move-in Day, applicants on the wait list will be contacted by email when a space becomes available. Those offered a space will be given a deadline by which to accept or decline the space.

If the student accepts the offered space, a move-in date will be determined. The resident move-in cost and subsequent payments will be calculated based on the space and the move-in date.

If the student declines or does not respond, the next person on the wait list will be contacted. Depending on the size of the wait list, a second attempt may be made to contact the applicant who previously declined.

Please Note:

  • There is no guarantee that a specific building or room type will become available, however, it is possible to request a room change after moving in.
  • Students on the wait list who have not received a confirmation and assignment should not attend Move-In Day.
  • Housing does not maintain temporary or emergency housing spaces for students on the wait list. Therefore, students will need to find off-campus housing while they remain on the wait list. 

A meal plan is required for all communities except for University Park North and South. The meal plan is activated on the day the student moves in to their on-campus housing space. A student who is on the wait list and has not yet moved into housing does not have an active meal plan.

Students on the wait list may still use Housing dining facilities by purchasing individual meals or a voluntary meal plan.

Please Note:

  • A voluntary meal plan is purchased directly from our dining services partners, and any refund or credit of a voluntary meal plan is subject to their rules and regulations.
  • Meals remaining in a voluntary meal plan may not be refunded or credited if a student later receives on-campus housing and the included meal plan.

Students on the wait list may cancel at any time and receive a refund of their deposit payment less the application fee. Upon receipt of the cancellation request, the University will return the funds in the form of a check made out to the applicant in approximately 3-4 weeks. If the student owes any fees to the University, the Bursar will deduct those fees prior to sending any remaining refund.

Please Note: If applicant wishes to remain on the wait list, a refund cannot be requested as the wait list consists of paid applicants only. 

To Cancel a Housing Application:

  1. Log into the Housing portal
  2. Select “Cancel Application Request” from the menu bar
  3. Select “Continue” on the term that you wish to cancel your housing application
  4. Select the reason for your cancellation and enter any details pertaining to your cancellation request
  5. Enter your SF State ID and select “Save & Continue” to proceed to the Cancellation Confirmation page.

If there are still applicants remaining on the wait list when it closes in October, those students will be given the option to cancel or to remain on the wait list for Spring (Spring Forward) to be considered for a Spring semester assignment.

In order to Spring Forward, students will need to make their request in writing by emailing the Housing Office (see below). This request cancels the full academic year application and creates an application for Spring.

Since the Spring License Agreement initial payment (licensing fees and deposit) is lower than what was already paid for the full Academic Year, no additional payment will be required. If assigned, the difference will be credited to the student’s account to be use for a future installment payment. 

Please Note: 

  • Housing for Spring is still first-come, first-serve, however, those who were on the Fall wait list and who have asked to Spring Forward will have priority. 
  • Spring applicants will be placed on the wait list based on their original completed payment and License Agreement date. If these items were received on different dates, the later date is used.
  • Spring availability will be determined in early December and Housing will begin to send confirmations for Spring in late December.

To Request to Spring Forward the University Housing Application: 

Email the Housing Office at housing@sfsu.edu with the following information:

    • Full Name
    • San Francisco State ID #
    • Request to Spring Forward