Student Housing Application - FAQs

Which buildings will open in fall 2021? 

To view the available buildings for fall 2021, visit our ‘Housing Options’ page. Please Note: Building availability may change in response to the pandemic and in accordance with San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines.

Will there be eligibility requirements to live in housing?

Visit the ‘Apply’ page for information on housing eligibility.

Will I be able to pick my room type/building?

Yes. You will be able to select your desired building and room type during the time of application.  Please Note: In the event that a housing community closes due to COVID-19, your assignment may not correspond with your preferred building choices listed in your application.

Will I be able to pick my roommate/apartment-mate?

Due to COVID-19, roommate and apartment-mate selection will not be available for the 2021-2022 housing application.

Will I be sharing a room or will I receive my own room?

Depending on the status of COVID-19 and the guidelines set forth by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, room occupancy may or may not be to full capacity.

What is the cost for housing?

Fee schedules for each housing community can be viewed on our ‘Current Fee Schedules’ page.

When will I know if I’ve received housing?

Reservations will be going out on an ongoing basis, starting in early April.

Can I change my room type after I received my reservation?

Due to COVID-19, room assignments changes will be minimal due to the risk associated.

Are meal plans required?

In order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, participation in a meal plan is mandatory for all Licensees residing in:

  • Mary Ward Hall (MWH) or Mary Park Hall (MPH)
  • Towers Junior Suites (TJS)
  • Towers at Centennial Square (TCS)
  • Village at Centennial Square (VCS)
  • University Park North(UPN)

Residents at Manzanita Square and University Park South may purchase voluntary meal plans at

Can I change my meal plan?

Students can request a change of meal plan once a semester. A request to raise a meal plan can be made at any time during the semester. The last day for students to request to lower their meal plan is:

  • Fall 2021 semester - August 30, 2021
  • Spring 2022 semester - February 7, 2022

For instructions on how to change a meal plan go to our 'Change a Meal Plan' page. 

When is move-in and can I to pick when I want to move-in?

Move-in is scheduled for mid-August. Assigned move-in dates and times will be announced in June.

Please Note:

  • Do not schedule your travel arrangments until you have received a reservation and your assigned move-in date and time.
  • In order to adhere to physical distancing mandates and to provide the safest possible move-in process, students will be required to arrive at the assigned date and time.
  • Failure to arrive at your assigned date and time will result in a delay of your move-in process.

If I don’t plan on coming for fall, can I forward my application to spring 2022?

Yes, you can forward your application to spring 2022 starting July 15, 2021.  To do so, send an email to the Housing Office at with your name, SF State ID #, and state your request to forward your application to spring 2022.

Will I get a full refund if I cancel my application? When is the last day to cancel?

The $30 application fee is non-refundable. To receive a refund of the $40 activity fee and the $130 credit, your housing application needs to be cancelled by:

  • July 15, 2021 | Applications received prior to June 15, 2021
  • Within 30 days of applying | Applications received on or after June 15, 2021

Please Note: Cancellations received after July 15th or less the 30 days prior to the license period may be subjected to additional charges.

What are other housing options?

Visit our 'Off-campus Resources'  page for more information.