- Early Start
- Your First Year at CSUSM
- Stage 1: Admission through Enrollment at Orientation
- Visit Campus
- Submit Intent to Enroll
- Pay for CSUSM
- ELM & EPT Requirement
- Submit Official Documents
- Find Housing
- Attend Orientation
- Stage 2: Enrollment through First Day of School
- Stage 3: First Day of School through End of First Year
Need a Place to Live?
Whether it be at home, on your own, or with roommates we can help. The descriptions below provide only a few of the variety of options available for your housing search.
Living on Campus
Imagine living on campus - just minutes from the beautiful San Diego beaches and attractions. Take a break from studying to explore the mountains, beaches and landmarks that make Southern California famous. Make the most of your college experience by living on campus at University Village Apartments or at the Quad - San Marcos!
First time Freshman Live-On Requirement
California State University San Marcos has joined a number of other CSU campuses in requiring first-time freshmen from outside of the local area to live in University or University-Affiliated Housing during their first year on a space available basis.
Living in on-campus housing promotes greater community, creating a sense of citizenship, and facilitates a positive first year experience. The on-campus living experience provides greater support in transition to university life, including participation in learning communities, involvement in student life and recreation, more access to academic resources and opportunities to build life-long friendships. Research consistently shows that students who live on campus have better grades, are more involved in campus activities, are retained in higher numbers and graduate sooner.
Eligible students will receive a financial aid award reflecting the additional costs of living on campus.
Exemptions from the requirement will be considered for students over 21 years of age; active military or veteran status; married, domestically partnered, and/or with legally dependent children; independent student status; medical and disability circumstances, or other special circumstances which create substantial personal hardship.
University Village Apartments
Come enjoy University Village Apartments, the on-campus student housing community at Cal State San Marcos, providing the total student experience. Meet new friends or hang out with old ones at social events and community gatherings. Live the smart life at University Village and get more organized with our career planning, time management, and study skills workshops. Relieve stress in our campus fitness center, exercise classes, wellness activities or while taking a dip in our beautiful pool.
For more information or to apply, visit the University Village Apartments website.
The Quad - San Marcos
The QUAD is the latest edition to the Cal State San Marcos housing community- featuring modern, fully furnished apartments, a state of the art game cave, fully functional fitness center and a refreshing resort style pool. When it’s time to study, you will have access to fiber optic community wifi, the latest in internet technology. The QUAD supports the CSUSM experience, so prepare to pack your calendar with exciting social and educational activities, giving you the opportunity to meet your neighbors and develop lasting friendships on your road to self discovery!For more information or to apply, visit the Quad -- San Marcos website.
Living Off Campus
For students granted an exception to the live-on requirement or for whom the to the requirement does not apply, the Office of Student Life & Leadership assists students in locating options for off-campus housing. To learn more about the services provided, visit the Off-Campus Housing website. (link to csusm.och101.com)