Student Housing Application Process

Whether you are a freshman, transfer or grad student, you will find a variety of housing options at San Francisco State University, all with abundant cultural and social activities to enrich your life as you pursue your academic goals. 

On-campus housing at SF State is limited and in high demand. While living on campus is not required, it is also not guaranteed and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Housing Office highly recommends students submit their housing application as soon as the housing portal opens (see the Dates & Deadlines section on the right side of this page). Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible to increase their chances of obtaining a space and to avoid being put on the wait list. 

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Prior to Applying for Housing:

  • Apply to the University to obtain an SF State Student ID Number. Students will be emailed their SF State ID number after completing their University application on Cal State Apply.
  • After creating a password, applicants can use their SF State ID and password to access the online housing portal, which will become available 24 hours after the ID number is issued.To retrieve your issued SFSU ID go to To create or reset your password go to

Please note: It is highly recommended that students apply for housing as soon as they receive their SF State ID. Students must be admitted to San Francisco State University and have accepted their admission offer to apply for housing.

Current University Housing residents are eligible to request shared apartment spaces at University Park North (UPN) and South (UPS) for the upcoming academic year. Housing for returning residents is not guaranteed. Available spaces are provided based on renewal priority and completion date of the online application, License Agreement and $300 initial payment.

Renewal Priority:

Every current resident who completes the application, License Agreement and makes the initial payment before the deadline will be given specific priorities based on:

  • Priority Level: The priority level as described in the chart below.
  • Date: The date and time the student submitted the application, License agreement and the initial payment.
Priority Level Description Possible Numbers
Level 1 High Achievers-based on GPA and residential community involvement. 1-400
Level 2 Current first year Freshman residents. 400-1000
Level 3 Residents second year and above (SO, JR, SR, Grads) 1000-1200

Roommate Selection:

STEP 1: Create a Roommate Profile 

Once the License Agreement pages are completed, the portal will prompt you to complete the 'Create a Roommate Profile' and 'Search for Roommates' pages. All returning residents will be required to create a profile in order to select and be assigned a roommate.  Be sure to check the 'include in search' box so that you will be included in the roommate search process. 

STEP 2: Select Your Roommate(s)

If you do not have specific roommate(s) you'd like to share a room with, you will need to search for roommates in the housing portal.  For students who already know who they would like to share a room with, go to option 2 to create a 'Roommate Group'.

Option 1: Search for a Roommate

After creating your profile, students will be eligible to search for roommates according to the following criteria:

  • Search by Details- by entering their details
  • Search by Profile Questions- by selecting profile questions
  • Search by Matching Roommates- by searching roommates who match by profile information

Once you have found a roommate you would like to share a room with, select them and move to the next step. 

Please Note: Your License Agreement preferences and roommate selections are not guaranteed. If you are dissatisfied with your selection you may request a room change two weeks after the beginning of the semester.

Option 2: Create a Roommate Group 

Returning residents may choose to select a group of two (2) to five (5) roommates when they reach the 'Search for Roommates' page by completing the following steps. 

  • Designate a group leader. Once a roommate group is determined, a group leader needs to be selected for the room selection step. We recommend that this be the individual with the earliest timeslot and the resident who will be responsible for selecting the rooms. Please Note: All group members are encouraged to discuss potential situations that could impact a group leader's decisions prior to the sign-up process. The earlier the date of completion by the group leader, the better the chances are to get an earlier room selection time slot for the roommate group.
  • Create a group. The group leader will need to create the roommate group on the 'Search for Roommates' page. Each roommate must be registered in the housing portal during the License Agreement renewal period and have completed their application, License Agreement and paid the $300.00 initial payment in order to be added to the group and move on to the room selection process. 
  • Remaining group members join the group. Once the first roommate creates the group, the rest of the group members are able to search and join the roommate group.
  • Group members confirm and verify each member. Once all group members have joined, each member must confirm and verify each other. Unverified groups and inappropriate group names will not be accepted. 

Room Selection:

Once the individual resident or group's room selection time starts, the room selection management page will be made viewable on the resident's portal. It is the responsibility of the group leader to assign all residents within the roommate group to a space. If the group leader does not assign individuals to a space, those individuals will be able to access the page and assign themselves. If you miss your room selection timeslot, your chances of receiving a space is lower. There is also the possibility that you might not get your preferences or that you will end up on a waitlist.

Summer housing is available to students who are enrolled in at least one unit of instruction at San Francisco State University to reside on-campus during the summer.

Summer residents are housed in double-occupancy, two-bedroom apartments in the Towers at Centennial Square. The Summer housing costs also includes a required meal plan. Residents can select the 5-Day Continuous or 7-Day Continuous meal plans only. 

To apply:

  • Students will need to submit their application, select their desire housing dates, and submit the $145 initial payment. The remaining Summer Housing fee will need to be paid at least 3 business days before their intended move-in date. Further fee information can be found on our Summer Fee Schedule [PDF]
  • The application and License Agreement is available on the housing portal.
  • Students must use SF State ID and password to log in. Choose “Summer 2018” term.
  • All Housing License Agreements will begin on a Sunday (check-in 10am) and end on a Saturday (check-out 10am).

Please note: If you are a current resident, we strongly recommend that you submit your summer housing application before May 14th so that the Housing Office has time to organize your transition into your summer apartment.

The Initial Payment includes:

  • $30 nonrefundable application fee (no fee waiver available)
  • $100 security deposit
  • $15 optional activity fee, which is non-refundable after the Licensee’s move-in date.

Step 1: Application and License Agreement

  • Click the 'Apply for Housing' button and log in to the online housing portal using your SF State ID number and password.
  • Complete the application and License Agreement for the applicable academic year.
  • Sign the License Agreement and accept the Terms and Conditions.
  • For questions regarding ID number and password creation go to the Registrar's Office help page. For all other questions, contact the Housing Office at *Provide your full name, SF State ID number, and a description of the problem.

Please note: The License Agreement Terms and Conditions is a legal agreement that students or the guardians of minors are required to enter with the Trustees of the California State University on behalf of SF State as a part of our housing application process. This agreement details dates of occupancy, cancellation procedures, financial obligations, fee payments, and facility rules and regulations. 

Step 2: Payment

Once all pages of the housing application are completed and the License Agreement is signed, you will be prompted to submit your initial payment of $300 through the online housing portal. All of these items must be received by the Housing Business office for your application to be considered completed. Payment options are listed on the right side of this page. The $300 initial payment is not covered by Financial Aid.

The $300 initial payment includes:

  • $200 security deposit
  • $30 nonrefundable application fee (no fee waiver available)
  • $30 activity fee
  • $40 installment fee

Please note: The Housing Office requires a written cancellation 30 days or more before move-in. If the request to cancel through our online form is submitted within this timeframe, $270 of the $300 initial payment will be refunded. The $30 application fee is not refundable. Cancellation requests of less than 30 days will result in a partial refund depending on the date of cancellation. 

Step 3:Confirmation

SF State Housing will confirm applicants for housing space on a first-come, first-serve basis for new applicants or according to the student's priority level. The order is determined by the date the Housing office receives the application, signed License Agreement and the $300 initial payment. Confirmations will be sent via email in April, but students who complete their application between March and April are generally more likely to receive a space confirmation before April 30.

Students may continue to apply during the month of April and until the application closes on May 15, however, it is much more likely that the applicant will start out on the wait list. Depending on the volume of completed applications, some students who apply and pay during the priority dates may start on the wait list. If housing is not available when the application is submitted, students will receive an email notifying them they have been placed on the waitlist

Step 4: Assignment

Specific space assignment and roommate information will be emailed to the license holder in early August. The email will include the assigned building and room number, roommate names and email addresses, and information about Move-In Day. 

Students can cancel their application by emailing the Housing Office at with the following information:

  1. Full name and SF State ID #
  2. Statement of cancellation

Refund of $300 Initial Payment:

  • $270 of the $300 initial payment is refundable. The $30 application fee is not refundable.
  • Confirmed applicants must submit their cancellation request 30 days before Move-In Day to receive the full $270 refund. For less than 30 days notice, applicants will be charged a prorated notice charge based on the date of cancellation of your assigned space.
  • If a cancellation is requested prior to paying the $300 initial payment, you may cancel at any time with no penalty.
  • If you are on the wait list, you may cancel at any time with no penalty.

Please note that this tentative schedule is subject to change.

Date Action
February 15 - April 21, 2019 Application and License Agreement available to returning residents
March 1, 2019:  Application and License Agreement available to new students
March 1 – March 31, 2019:  Priority License Agreement and Initial Payment period
May 15, 2019:  Fall 2018 Application and License Agreement close to all students
April – May 2019:  Students receive space confirmations by email
June – October 2019:  Wait List updates
Late July 2019:  Confirmed residents receive their room and roommate assignments by email
Late August 2019:  Fall 2018 Move-In Day


Application Dates:

Date Action
TBD Application and License Agreement available to new students
TBD Application Closes

Housing Dates & Class Schedule:

Housing Classes
June 3 – July 7 R1: June 4 – July 6
June 17 – August 11 R2: June 18 – August 10
July 8 – August 11 R3: July 9 – August 10
June 3 – August 11 R4: June 4 – August 10

Please Note: The housing office offers a modified summer schedule in the License Agreement to those students attending a program or courses that does not correspond to the scheduled R1 – R4 dates.