Getting Settled Guide

Getting settled into your new home doesn’t just mean unpacking. You also need to become familiar with your neighborhood, meet your community support team, and learn how to get assistance if something comes up.

Get Situated

Student bedroom

Set up Your Space 

Have fun setting up your room just the way you like it. Adding your personal touch will create a sense of familiarity that will help you quickly become comfortable in your new space.

Enter our Room Decorating Contest for a chance to win a great prize. Details on how to enter will be available on the housing website & social media in early September.

Student on computer

Connect to the Internet

Internet providers vary by building. Detailed directions on how to connect will be sent to your SF State email account upon check-in.

You can also visit the 'Residential Wi-Fi Services' page for instructions and support contact information.

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Grab a Bite to Eat

After you're situated, be sure to grab a delicious meal at CITY EATS. Meals are available to residents with meal plans (activated at check-in) or for $10 per person + tax (credit or debit card only).


7:30 AM—10 AM
11 AM—2 PM
5 PM—9 PM
AUGUST 12 & 19
10 AM—2 PM
2 PM—5 PM
5 PM —9 PM
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When you've finished unpacking, dispose of your boxes in the debris bins in your community. Please be sure to break them down before throwing them away so that everyone's boxes will fit. 


MPH | Behind your building
MWH | Behind your building
TCS/TJS | In front of TCS near State Dr.
VCS | Behind building A
MSQ | On Cardenas Ave.
UPS | On Arellano Ave.
UPN | Behind 225/235, 255/265, and 325/335 Buckingham


Get Acquainted

Mary Park Hall (MPH), Mary Ward Hall (MWH), Towers at Centennial Square (TCS), Towers Junior Suites (TJS), Village at Centennial Square (VCS), Manzanita Square (MSQ), University Park North (UPN), University Park South (UPS)

3 Neighborhoods | 8 Communities

Each community has live-in student leaders, like
your Resident Assistants (RA) who can assist you in connecting with other students, becoming more
familiar with campus, and managing conflicts.

Each community is also staffed with a team of professionals to provide you support. You can connect with them via the front desk of your community.

Get to Know Your Support Staff 👉

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TBD | Area Coordinator

Chastity Stokes - Area Coordinator

Chastity Stokes | Area Coordinator
VCS | Email Chastity

Mark Alfaro - Area Coordinator

Mark Alfaro | Area Coordinator
UPN | Email Mark

Shinnomon Bartley

Shin Bartley | Area Coordinator
TCS & TJS | Email Shin

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TBD | Area Coordinator

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Get Acquainted with Your Community

Wondering where the laundry rooms are, where to dispose of your trash, and how to pick up your mail? Click the button below to find essential information that will help you get familiar with your new community. 

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Explore Campus

There is so much to see and do on campus and the surrounding area. During your first few weeks here, we hope you'll take some time to explore and engage in campus life. 

Get Things Done

Staff at move-in table

Let Us Know How to Best Support You!

Let us know how best to support you this year by completing COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY survey. Filling out the survey enters you into our drawing for a chance to win a Trader Joe’s gift card.

Check your SF State email for the survey link. The deadline to complete the
survey is: August 25.

Student reviewing housing document

Turn It In!

To avoid unnecessary charges at move-out, be sure to complete the Room Condition form within 3 days of your move-in date.

Complete the Occupancy Verification form between August 11 - September 8

Both forms are available on the Student Housing Portal.

Students talking on campus

Learn About Housing Policies

All residents are responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies and procedures contained in the COMMUNITY LIVING STANDARDS GUIDE, so be sure to review it thoroughly. 

Student in dorm

Get Coverage

Want to protect your personal belongings? Now you can apply for personal property insurance through GRADGUARD directly on the Student Housing Portal (Available mid-September).

Get Involved

Students playing basketball at Gatorfest

Connect with Fellow Gators!

Come celebrate the start of the academic year at GatorFest! 

Every year, GatorFest! celebrates the return of the start of the academic year at SF State. GatorFest! is an opportunity to start strong, make new connections, join clubs & organizations, learn more about the University's resources and services, explore San Francisco, and celebrate being a Gator! 

All students are welcome! 

If you have a cleanliness, maintenance, or repair issue with your space after you have moved in, click the 'Maintenance Issues' button above to submit a service request. Please Note: Students will not be assigned a new room for any of the above issues that can be resolved by Facilities Services.