Housing COVID-19 Information & Updates

University Housing is committed to providing a safe and healthy housing community for our residents. Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as State and County guidelines, we have implemented various practices and protocols in effort to protect the well-being of the residential community. The information on this page along with University Housing’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines are subject to change depending on the current conditions of the pandemic and any new recommendations from the State, County, or CDC.



  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Public areas (lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms, etc.) and high-touch areas (door knobs, elevator buttons, etc.) will be disinfected frequently by the University. We also recommend that you clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects and surfaces in your apartment.

Face Coverings

SF State continues to require face coverings to be worn indoors unless an individual is alone in an enclosed space with a door that can be closed. Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus.  


  • In alignment with state and local health and CAL/OSHA guidance, physical distancing requirements have been lifted. This new guidance also removes capacity limits in campus spaces.
  • At this time, external (nonaffiliated) visitors to the University and overnight guests are prohibited from in the residence halls or apartments. In addition, no more than one resident student visitor is acceptable at any one time.

COVID-19 Testing

Depending on the conditions of the pandemic, students living in on-campus housing may be required to participate in COVID-19 testing. Check this page frequently for updates. 

Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 vaccinations are now readily available for the majority of the population and are our best tool to overcome the pandemic. In order to be able to provide the safest possible congregate housing experience, SF State Housing will be requiring that ALL potential residents are vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester. Therefore, all students who have received an SF State Housing reservation for the 2021-2022 academic year must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination (either one or both doses) or request a medical or religious exemption prior to move-in when completing the Move-in Confirmation form. Failure to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption request by Tuesday, July 15, 2021 will result in the administrative cancellation of your housing reservation.

Please Note:

  • Details about the Move-in Confirmation process are provided in your room assignment letter.
  • Once your proof of vaccination is received or your exemption request is approved, you will be eligible to receive your move-in time and date.
  • Students who request for an exemption WILL NOT receive their move-in time and date until their exemption request has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committee/department.

International Students: If you cannot get vaccinated in your home country prior to arriving to the United States, there is alternate documentation that you can provide in order to submit the Move-in Confirmation form. Please contact the Student Housing Office by email at housing@sfsu.edu with subject line “International Student: 2021-2022 academic year Move-In Confirmation” for further details. Please send this email no later than June 30, 2021.


  • A COVID-19 vaccination card that clearly states your name and any other personal identification information, and the dates that you received your first and/or second shot.
  • Medical Immunization Records that reflect receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.


  • Students who are requesting a medical or religious exception from COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide supporting documentation.
  • Upon receipt, your documentation will be thoroughly reviewed by a designated campus committee/department. 
  • If your exemption request is approved, you may be required to take routine COVID-19 tests. There are NO exceptions for COVID-19 testing for students that have been approved for a vaccine exemption.


  • A letter from your primary health care provider that indicates that you cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine (per HIPPA compliance, your health care provider should exclude the exact reasoning to why you cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine).
  • A document outlining your religious exemption request and the reasoning behind it. Please be as thorough as possible.

Health Screening

Residents are expected to be engaged daily with the University’s health declaration process and must demonstrate a health “green badge” to gain access to university facilities outside of their own residence apartment building. 

COVID-19 Policies



4/12/21 | Post-Spring Break COVID-19 Make-up Test
4/9/21 | COVID-19 Vaccination Opportunity for SF State Housing Students
3/29/2021 | Mandatory Post-Spring Break COVID-19 Testing
12/17/20 | Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing for Returning Residents
12/04/20 | COVID-19 During the Holiday Season
11/30/20 | COVID-19 Curfew Order Reminder
11/01/20 | COVID-19 Holiday Guidelines & Reminders
10/16/20 | Spring 2021 Housing Availability
8/12/20 | COVID-19 Residential Responsibilities
6/26/20 | Notice Regarding Fall 2020 Housing Eligibility
6/04/20 | Notice Regarding Fall 2020 Housing
4/29/20 | Notice to Residents to Pick up Their Belongings
4/23/20 | Notice Regarding Face Coverings
4/17/20 | COVID-19 Check-Out Form [PDF]
3/23/20 | Notification of Housing Fees Adjustments/refund [PDF]
3/17/20 | Updates following the shelter-in-place order [PDF]



(Range from Mild to Severe)

  • Fever - Common
  • Headache - Sometimes
  • General Aches & Pains - Sometimes
  • Fatigue & Weakness - Sometimes
  • Extreme Exhaustion - Sometimes
  • Stuffy Nose - Rare
  • Sneezing - Rare
  • Sore Throat - Sometimes
  • Cough - Common
  • Shortness of Breath - Sometimes


If you are feeling symptoms related to COVID-19, you should contact covid19@sfsu.edu as well as your primary care provider or urgent care. In addition, we recommend you self-isolate for at least 14 days until your symptoms clear and take a COVID-19 test to ensure you are negative for the virus.