Notice Regarding Fall 2020 Housing

SF State has made the decision to continue with remote instruction predominantly for the fall semester. Our mission is to continue to provide housing and a residential life experience that we know makes a positive difference in your lives and our campus community.  We acknowledge that for many this decision is coupled with a sense of disappointment, loss, or even grief.  This was a tough decision for our university, but ultimately the health and safety of our students is at our core.  Regardless of the modality of instruction, we are committed to support our students and the academic mission of the university.

Currently, the University has identified that housing will be made available to a limited number of students for the fall 2020 semester. Students that will be granted a housing assignment will be identified as falling into one of the following groups:


  • Guardian Scholars
  • International Students (currently living with us or not able to return home)
  • At-Risk Students (i.e. home may be an unsafe situation)
  • Residential Leaders and Employees


  • Students with classes granted exceptions and requiring face-to-face instruction

In addition to the limited number of students that we will be housing, we will also only be operating in limited communities. As of now, only select buildings will house students for the fall semester, dining services will continue to be available in a modified format to students and Residential Life engagement opportunities and activities will continue to be offered in a virtual setting. For those students that have received a confirmation for housing, your confirmation may need to be cancelled or deferred to accommodate our limited housing placements to the priority groups listed above. This communication will be forthcoming via email once face-to-face classes have been identified.  

There may still be many details you are seeking in order to plan for your best fall semester.  We are actively working to identify what housing and dining options may be available based on health, safety, and science. As we continue to design the necessary changes to support a safe housing program and residential community, we will share more specific information regarding fall assignments and programming.

Until then, we can be reached via email at and or via phone at (415) 338-1067.  Additionally, the housing website will continue to keep our prospective students and community updated.