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Ready to come study as Cal State San Marcos? As a new ALCI student, you need to make housing arrangements before you leave your home country. You must confirm your homestay, on-campus apartment, or other housing before you arrive in San Marcos. The ALCI Office cannot reserve housing for you. International students coming to study at CSU San Marcos have several options to choose from, with both on- and off-campus housing available. Keep reading to learn more and find helpful links to housing resources.

On-Campus Housing

University Village Apartments and The Quad are modern on-campus apartments designed exclusively for students attending California State University San Marcos.

Living on campus promotes greater connections to the university community, and facilitates a positive first year experience. The on-campus living experience provides greater support in transition to U.S. culture and university life.  Living on campus can include participation in learning communities, involvement in student life and recreation, more access to academic resources and opportunities to build life-long friendships. 

Please apply early. Campus Housing fills up many months before each semester.  If you are applying for one semester only, please click on the "special considerations box" and note your single semester preference.

Resident Meal Plans and New Dining Café

Plans for the future include, a brand new, state-of-the-art dining café. This café will provide students with a safe and comfortable extension of their home to get healthy, affordable, well balanced meals. Campus dining fosters community growth, enhances the quality of campus life and contributes to the social components by providing additional space for meetings with faculty and other students. 

When plans are finalized updates will be posted on the Dining Services web page.  

Summer On-Campus Housing

CSUSM provides on-campus housing for undergraduate students but also offers summer/temporary housing for graduate students on a space available basis.

Homestay with Local Families

Living with an American family in homestay is one of the best ways to learn about American culture and customs. Many students choose homestay for their first semester at the CSUSM. You may contact the following homestay agencies directly to apply for homestay (CSUSM does not monitor or endorse these agencies).

Off-Campus Housing

The San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, and Vista communities near CSU San Marcos offer many reasonably priced apartments. The following sites may be useful in your search for off-campus housing, apartments and room rentals.