Important Notice

First Time Freshman (FTF) admitted for the fall term who meet the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2018 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 2018-2019 academic year; however, a particular community or specific room type is not guaranteed. A waitlist will be started once housing is full.


Living Options for First Time Freshman

Nationally ranked for campus housing accommodations, Sonoma State University’s Residential Community boasts comfortable and modern accommodations. 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. Our first-time freshmen (FTF) live in both suite and apartment style units. Both arrangements are comfortable size living spaces with most exterior doors opening to courtyards. Each of these areas offer different room types, a wide range of programming events, and varying levels of academic support.

Availability of Living Communities and Room Types

Students will select living community and room type preference when they are offered a space on campus. Offers are emailed to students shortly after deposits are paid on a first-come first-serve basis.All efforts are made to fulfill your request; however, no guarantees can be made as many factors play into finalizing the assignments. We suggest paying your Housing down payment early to improve your chances of being assigned to your preferred community and room type. Students are accepted and start making housing down payments in December, so waiting till mid-April may reduce your chances of getting your preferred accommodation.

Preferences and Roommate Matching

Many colleges use personality questionnaires to identify possible roommates and others simply make assignments without those trait considerations. National research demonstrates that both methods are equally successful. It's typical for parents to complete the questionnaire making the results not compatible with what the student prefers. At SSU, we believe it's important for students to be exposed to students of differening lifestyles and backgrounds and to learn how to handle roommate conflict; therefore, we do not ask any roommate matching or profile questions. Selection of roommates is random and based on living area and room type preferences. Students will have the opportunity to make a roommate request as long as the information is mutual. Room changes are available during the academic year.

LIVE in the Residential Community [Non-Designated Areas]

First time freshman have a variety of options to choose from depending on the experience they are seeking. Non-designated residential living communities house students with varying backgrounds, different academic pathways, and social interests. These communities offer programming and community-building opportunities for students with exposure to many aspects of the University. This option is available in all our first-time freshman Villages.

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Located on the north-western side of campus, Cabernet Village consists of two bedroom/one bath apartments, each with its own living room and kitchen. These apartments provide double and triple occupancy bedrooms with modern amenities.

Room Types: Double or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Cabernet Apartments

Located across from the Schulz Library and Information Center on the west side of campus, Zinfandel and Verdot Village consists of residential suite style accommodations with single and double occupancy bedrooms. Our Verdot Village will offer some triple occupancy bedrooms as another option. The suites include a living room and bathroom area with different configurations for 4 to 9 individuals. There are also limited shared single suites, which have two bedrooms with a bathroom in between and no living room.

Room Types: Single, double or triple occupancy bedrooms in the residential suites

On the south west corner of campus is our Sauvignon Village apartments which are 4 bedroom 4 bath apartments. Some of the units consist of two single occupancy bedrooms, one double occupancy bedroom, and one triple occupancy bedroom. Other units have two double occupancy bedrooms and no triple bedroom. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, with a shared kitchen and living room within the apartment. Patios or balconies are also included off the shared common area.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments

LEARN in the Residential Community [Academic Communities]

Sonoma State University provides academic living learning communities. Residents selecting an academic community will be surrounded by other first-time freshman pursuing similar or the same academic careers. These communities are directly linked to specific academic Freshman Learning Courses (FLC). Events and activities planned in the Residential Community and linked to the classroom make these communities unique.

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Academic and Career Exploration (ACE) is a program designed to extend what is explored in the classroom by bringing it into the living room. ACE offers a community linked to academic departments and programs, providing  students the opportunity of living in a close-knit community with peers who have similar major or career interests.Together with academic transition and career decision-making yearlong component, ACE intentionally creates a learning environment that recognizes how some of the most powerful learning in college takes place outside the classroom. Seminars and study groups take place in the residential community as well as the classroom, with faculty members and specially trained peer advisors helping to integrate the academic and social experience of our students. Residential staff and the Faculty in Residence present co-curricular activities designed to connect classroom theory and knowledge to real world experience. By being a member of the ACE, students make a year-long commitment to the courses (which earn the credit toward graduation) and the residential living community which is a blended community with the following academic and career pathways:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business and Economics
  • Discovery
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Change
  • Social Science
  • Teaching K-12

Room Types: Double or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Cabernet Apartments.

Freshman Year Experience (FYE) offers first year students the opportunity students to participate in the year-long University 150A/B “Identity and Global Challenge,” class as well as living together, fostering extensive interaction among fellow students, faculty, residential staff and peer leaders. Out of class activities might include faculty dinners, field trips, FYE-based study groups, movie nights. A Faculty in Residence for this building offers the opportunity for student-faculty interaction. Students live in Sauvignon Village in the Grenache Building.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments.

First-Gen is a community particularly geared for students who are the first to attend college in their family and who seek an extra layer of support to ensure success during their first year of college.  First-Gen is designed to maximize success at Sonoma State University by helping residents connect to each other and by creating a support system within the First-Gen community. First-Gen is dedicated to facilitating the development of helpful relationships between residents and SSU faculty and staff, and through offering intentional academic and personal development programming that will help students make the most of their SSU experience.

Room Types: Single or double occupancy bedrooms in the residential suites.

CONNECT in the Residential Community [Themed and Interest Based Communities]

First-time freshman also have the option of choosing a community that offers residents the opportunity to live with others who have common interests or similar lifestyles. Programming in the themed and interest based areas are geared towards creating community and enhancing their first year experience. Themed and interest based communities are not tied to a particular academic course.

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The Adventure themed building offers first-year students the opportunity to engage in outdoor education, activities, and co-curricular learning with a close-knit community who have the desire to enjoy and learn from outdoor experiences.  This community uses the outdoor experience to build community and expose students to the greater Sonoma County. Residents of Adventure have unique opportunities to engage with Sonoma State University’s Outdoor Pursuits and Recreational Program. The Adventure theme building is available in the Verdot Village.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the residential suites.

This community is for students excited and determined to achieve their educational goals! Research shows that academic engagement is critical to the development and retention of first year college students. The Academic Achievement community welcomes diverse majors and interests along with those of various past academic success levels. This community is designed specifically for incoming first-year students who are seeking a community where they will engage with like-minded roommates and neighbors who see their schoolwork as a major priority.​

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments.

Gender Inclusive housing would be a great option for those students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, asexual, transsexual, and/ or intersex, as well as committed allies. Options for both single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms are available for all students interested. In order to be considered for gender inclusive housing you must fill out a supplemental questionnaire and receive approval from a designated Area Coordinator in addition to the housing application. Click here for more information about Gender Inclusive or contact Julia Rose at (707) 664-3711.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments.

Students must be actively engaged in their surroundings in order to learn and grow in college. The Leadership and Service community will provide students the opportunity to participate in leadership development, service-learning, and community outreach. Students who want to seek different leadership opportunities or want to expand their leadership experience and become a Student Leader at SSU should consider this themed environment.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments.

The V.I.B.E.S. affinity house welcomes all first time freshmen students who are interested in expanding and developing consciousness in the area of Black/Pan-African culture. Students will explore their heritage, and history while developing a sense of pride and community. Students will have the opportunity to engage in programming with faculty and their peers that focus on academic success, cultural awareness, and civic engagement. In order to be considered for VIBES, you must fill out a supplemental questionnaire and receive approval from the Residential Life Education Coordinator. Contact Tramaine Austin-Dillon at (707) 664-2534 for more information.

Room Types: Single or double occupancy bedrooms in the residential suites.

The Wellness Community is a space for students to connect with peers who are excited about lifelong health and well-being for all.  An eight factor model is used for our approach, encompassing intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, social, environmental, and occupational wellness.  This community would be ideal for anyone interested in exploring the concept of holistic wellness and balance.  Examples of programs for this theme include hiking, learning how to make your own cleaning products, activities to explore one’s personal identity, basic personal finance education, and stress relief activities.

Room Types: Single, double, or triple occupancy bedrooms in the Sauvignon Apartments.