Applying for Campus Housing for Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Important Notice

First Time Freshman (FTF) admitted for the fall term who meet the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2019 are guaranteed a housing space when their Housing Down Payment, Enrollment Reservation Deposit, and Orientation Deposit are paid. A housing guarantee ensures a space in campus housing for the 2019-2020 academic year; however, a particular community or specific room type is not guaranteed. A waitlist will be started once housing is full.

New incoming transfers students are NOT guaranteed housing; therefore, apply for campus housing early. Payment date establishes housing assignment priority for living area and room type. Housing Down Payment does not guarantee a space or a specific assignment. Housing is in high demand and space fills quickly. A waitlist will be started once housing is full.

Living on campus can be a rewarding experience for new students. We hope you will choose to come live with us. At Sonoma State University, we offer a variety of living areas that will assist you with your transition, enhance your residential experience and promote a community atmosphere. Below is a brief description of how the application and contracting process works at Sonoma State University for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cycle. To improve your chances of getting your first preference, please complete the process early. Read more about our the type of living areas and acommodations SSU offers, go to our Living Options webpage.

Housing Process for New Incoming Students

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First, submit your admissions application to SSU. Then, once you are admitted to SSU, you will be emailed information about Campus Housing options and making a down payment. You should receive housing information about ten days after you get admitted.

Once you have been admitted, you will be eligible to make your Enrollment Reservation Deposit Orientation Payment, and Housing Down Payment. Specific instructions will be available when you are admitted to the University. We anticipate demand for campus housing exceeding availability for Fall 2019-Spring 2020 so purchase your package early.

By making the $300 Housing Down Payment, you are making yourself eligible for a housing offer. All students will pay the $300 regardless of your financial aid situation. If you are unable to pay the reservation deposits at this time, you may request a Hardship Deferment which reduces the initial payment. More information is available on the Hardship Deferment form regarding eligibility, payment specifics, and instructions.

Cancellation Refund Policy: The Student Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable once the payment is made if requested in writing by June 15, 2019; non-refundable thereafter. Email your refund request to

In order for you to be offered campus housing, both the Enrollment Reservation Deposit and Housing Down Payment need to be paid. You will then receive an offer agreement with a deadline date.

The offers are emailed starting early March for the Fall term and early October for the Spring semester. Weekly mailings are done thereafter.

Your offer will provide instructions on how to select your assignment preferences online. Prior to receiving this offer you can learn about our accommodations by reviewing the choices online. All first year residents are required to participate in the unlimited access meal plan. They will be able to visit the Kitchens in the Student Center an unlimited amount of times. Iinformation about the meal plan program, you can visit our Meal Plan webpage. Please keep in mind that room assignment priority is based on when student's select their living area and room type choices.

Room assignments are made and emailed to students mid-July for academic year and December for Spring.

Assignment Requests Are Not Guaranteed

Every effort will be made to honor the preference requests you indicate online, but these requests are not guaranteed.

Housing assignments are determined by the date of when you complete your online contract and select your living area.