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.

LIVE. LEARN. CONNECT.

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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First year students 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.

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

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

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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ACE is designed to extend what is explored in the classroom by bringing it into the residential area. 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 majors or career interests.  Together with the 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. A Faculty-in-Residence and specially trained Peer Mentors help to integrate the academic and social experience of our students.  As a member of the ACE, students make a year-long commitment to the courses (which earn them credit toward graduation) and the residential living community which is a blended community with the following academic and career pathways: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Discovery and Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.

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

FYE offers first year students the opportunity 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, and movie nights. A Faculty-in-Residence for this building offers the opportunity for student-faculty interaction. By being a member of FYE, students make a yearlong commitment to the courses (which earn the credit toward graduation) and the residential living community.

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

First-Gen is 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. By being a member of First-Gen, students make a yearlong commitment to the courses (which earn the credit toward graduation) and the residential living community.

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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Outdoor Adventure exists so students can get involved with the outdoors, be connected to a community, and develop a deeper understanding of sustainability.  Whether you are seeking to explore the outdoors for the first time, or you already engage with outdoor activities, Outdoor Adventure fosters a space for learning, growth, and fun in an inclusive community.  Students interested in living in a tight-knit community focused on outdoor activities and that encourages sustainable practices are highly encouraged to apply.

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

Unity Houses are great for students interested in the exploration of LGBTQIA+ identities and for those seeking strong community through dialogue, activities, and reflection. Unity Houses are gender inclusive, meaning students are paired with roommates regardless of gender identity and expression.

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.