Apply for On-Campus Student Housing

2017-2018 Academic Year Housing Application

The SF State Housing application for 2017-2018 Academic Year is available as of 9 am, November 8, 2016.

Applicants need to apply for the University before applying for Housing, as the SF State ID number and password are required to access the online Housing application.


Applicants will be emailed their SF State ID number after completing their University application on CSU Mentor. After creating a password, applicants can use the ID and password to apply for Housing. Questions about the ID number and password creation should be referred to the Registrar at

*Please note:

  • Students must wait 24 hours after they receive their student identification number to apply for Housing.
  • Students must apply to the University in order to receive their student identification number, however, students do not have to be admitted to SF State in order to apply to the Housing program.


If you have received an ID number and successfully created a password, and still have problems accessing the Housing application, please contact the Housing Office at with your full name, SF State ID number, and a description of the problem.


Please note that current residents should NOT apply for 2017-2018 at this time, as they will be included in the Returning Resident Process in the Spring.


2016-2017 Application Process Schedule

Please note that this tentative schedule is subject to change.

  • November 8, 2016: Application available to new students
  • March - May 2017: Priority License Agreement and Initial Payment period
  • May – June 2017: Students begin receiving space confirmations
  • June – October 2017: Wait List updates
  • Late July 2017: Room and roommate assignments sent to confirmed residents


The Four Steps to Housing


Step 1: Application

SF State Housing is limited and in high demand. SF State housing is not required and not guaranteed. Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first served basis. The Housing Office highly recommends applicants to SF State University also submit their housing application as soon as possible, even before being admitted to the University. Students are encouraged to apply for housing before January 2017 to increase their chances of obtaining a space and avoid being on a waiting list for Fall 2017.


The priority deadline period to apply for housing is November 8, 2016 to January 31, 2017. The housing application final deadline for Fall 2017 is May 15, 2017. Students must have their student identification numbers (SF State ID) in order to apply for housing. ID numbers are given out after student has applied to the University.


Apply on the SF State Housing Portal by clicking “continue to application” below. The date we receive your $40 application fee is your APPLICATION date.


Step 2: License Agreement

The License Agreement portion of the Portal will became available on March 2017. Starting on that date, students will begin to make Housing preferences, set up a roommate profile, sign the Terms & Conditions, and make the initial payment. If you choose to cancel your License Agreement, your initial payment is refundable.


License Agreements are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, completing the License Agreement pages and making the initial payment as soon as possible will increase your probability of receiving a housing space. The date the License Agreement and initial payment are completed is the LICENSE AGREEMENT RECEIVED date.


The Priority deadline for completing the License Agreement and making the initial payment is May 2017. Students may continue to complete License Agreements after May, but it is much more likely that the applicant will start out on the wait list.


Please note that students who apply and pay during the priority dates still have a chance of starting on the wait list.


Step 3: Confirmation

SF State Housing will be confirming applicants for Housing spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is based on License Agreement Received date AND Application Received date. Students who applied early and completed the License Agreement between March and May are generally more likely to receive a space.


SF State Housing will begin to send confirmations via email in June 2017.

Wait list


Please note that it is possible to complete the application and License Agreement relatively early and still be placed on the wait list, as Housing is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


If housing is full when your License Agreement is completed, you may not receive any response from Housing until you receive a wait list notification.


Wait list notifications are sent twice a week from June through October. If you have not been confirmed by the time the wait list expires, you will be offered the opportunity to change your application to Spring only. Participating in Spring Forward allows you to keep your original application date, though you will be required to complete a new License Agreement (new payment may be required if you have been issued a refund from your Academic Year License Agreement).


For more detailed information on the SF State Housing wait list please click here.


Step 4: Assignment

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


Please note that a valid SF State ID number is needed to access the SF State Housing Portal and apply for Housing. If you have applied for the University but have not yet received an ID number, or do not know what it is, please visit the SF State ID Lookup page. If you have not created, or have forgotten, your SF State password, you can create or reset it at SF State Password page.


If you have your SF State ID number and password and still have problems with accessing the online application, please contact the SF State Housing Office at 415-338-1067 or


To continue on to the Housing application please click here.