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 San Francisco State University 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-served 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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Fall Semester

  • Apply to the University to obtain an San Francisco State Student ID Number. Students will be emailed their San Francisco State ID number after completing their University application on Cal State Apply.
  • After creating a password, applicants can use their San Francisco 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 San Francisco State 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 San Francisco State ID. Students must be admitted to San Francisco State University and have accepted their admission offer to apply for housing.

Spring Semester

Spring only housing is available to students who are attending San Francisco State University and enrolled in the minimum units of instruction per the current License Agreement/Terms & Conditions.


Application and License Agreement

  • Click the 'Apply Now' button and log in to the online housing portal using your San Francisco 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, San Francisco 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 San Francisco State University 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. 


Once all pages of the housing application are completed and the License Agreement is signed, you will be prompted to submit your initial payment through the online housing portal. All of these items must be received by the Housing Office for your application to be considered completed. Initial payment information can be found on the right side of this page.


  • San Francisco 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 initial payment.
  • Confirmations will be sent via email (refer to the schedule on the right side of this page), but students who complete their application when the housing portal  opens are generally more likely to receive a space confirmation early.
  • Students may continue to apply until the application closes, however, the closer students apply to the deadline the 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


Specific space assignment and roommate information will be emailed to the license holder according to the schedule on the right side of this page. The email will include the assigned building and room number, roommate names and email addresses, and information about Move-In Day. 

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 initial payment.

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


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 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. 

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 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 San Francisco State ID and password to log in. Choose the current Summer 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.

Please note that this tentative schedule is subject to change.

Date Action
October 1 - November, 2018 Application and License Agreement available to returning residents
October 1 - November, 2018 Priority License Agreement and Initial Payment period
November 14, 2018:  Spring 2019 Application and License Agreement closed to all students
November-December 2018:  Students receive space confirmations by email
January 3, 2019 Wait List updates
January 8, 2019:  Confirmed residents receive their room and roommate assignments by email
January 26, 2019:   Spring 2019 Move-In Day


Please note: The initial payment is not covered by Financial Aid.

Spring Initial Payment Amount: $265

Included in the $265 fee:

  • $200 security deposit
  • $30 non-refundable application fee (no fee waiver available)
  • $15 activity fee
  • $20 installment fee

Summer Initial Payment Amount: $145

Included in the $145 fee:

  • $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.