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.


when inside public spaces

WASH YOUR HANDS after touching common surfaces

Follow campus HEALTH SCREENING protocols

Get Your COVID-19 Booster

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

With COVID-19 variants on the rise, we are highly encouraging eligible residents to schedule a COVID-19 booster. Although SF State does not currently have a COVID-19 booster requirement, all signs point to booster being required in the near future in effort to provide the campus community with the safest environment possible. 

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 moving on campus. Therefore, all students who have received an SF State Housing reservation 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 will result in the administrative cancellation of your housing reservation.


  • 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 for further details. 


  • 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.

As a continued effort to keep our residential communities as safe as possible and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 amongst our residents, we are requiring that all residents (regardless of vaccination status) take COVID-19 tests throughout the semester.  Vaccinated residents will be tested according to the schedule below and students with vaccine exemptions are required to test weekly.

Please Note: COVID-19 testing is a mandatory requirement for all residents in the housing program. Failure to comply will lead to student conduct review of your account that may lead to the termination of your housing license agreement.


Post-Winter Break Return to Campus (Current Residents)

All residents are required to test for COVID-19 prior to return to campus and shortly after they return.

Residents Returning to Campus

In addition to taking a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior returning to campus, you must also take a campus administered COVID-19 test according to the following schedule:

  • Arriving by January 27, 2022 | Test between January 24 and 27, 2022
  • Arriving between January 27 and February 12, 2022 | Test on the next available testing date during the week (or the week immediately after) you arrive.

Residents Already on Campus

If have already returned to campus or never left for winter break and have not taken a COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours, please schedule an appointment to take a campus administered COVID-19 test immediately. 

Please Note: You will also be required to take an additional test between January 24 and January 27, 2022.


Tests can be scheduled on the MyHealth website. 


 COVID-19 tests will be administered at the top of Lot 20 on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:00am.


The test is a non-invasive self-administered saliva-based test polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. In order for the test to be successful, the following criteria needs to be followed:

Within 60 minutes prior to taking the test:

  • DO NOT eat
  • DO NOT drink
  • DO NOT smoke
  • DO NOT brush your teeth or use mouthwash
  • DO NOT USE lip products

If your sample is rejected you will need to wait and be retested.


You will receive a text or email notification when results are ready to be viewed on the MyHealth portal. To view the results, click on the ‘View My COVID Test Results’ button on the homepage. Results are typically available within 24-36 hours of your scheduled appointment.

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.

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.

  • 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 70 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.


(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.


COVID-19 License Agreement Addendum