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Housing and COVID-19


Based on the questions we have received in light of CSUSM implementing virtual instruction for Fall 2020, please see below for some Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Have the recent regulations and changes from Governor Newsom impacted Housing?

     At this time, Housing is still planning to move forward and welcome students home in August. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will work with all local, state, and federal authorities to meet any updated guidelines! We recommend checking your email and our social media (@CSUSMHousing) to stay up to date on all the latest information.
  • Can I live on-campus if I'm not taking in-person courses?

    Absolutely! If you are enrolled in at least 6.1 credit hours for the Fall semester, you're welcome to live on campus. Apply today!
  • What about Spring 2021?

    Traditionally, we have offered Spring-only Licenses based on the availability of space. Given the rapidly-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and given that Housing decisions will depend greatly upon whether CSUSM will offer on-ground classes in the Spring, we suggest checking our web site ( and our Instagram page (@CSUSMHousing) regularly throughout the Fall for more information and updates on Housing availability for the Spring semester. If you decide not to stay in housing for the Fall 2020 semester, you will need to cancel your current application by emailing our office at housing@csusm.eduYou may cancel your license online. If you are interested in living with us in the Spring, please contact us in December 2020 and we will re-open your application, however, you will need to resubmit the $300 Administrative Fee.
  • How will Payments work?

    Beginning in Fall 2020, all Housing costs will be placed on the student’s MyCSUSM account. This means: 

    • Other than the $300 Administrative Fee that was paid when you applied for Housing, you will pay all fees directly to CSUSM instead of paying the Housing office. 
    • Financial Aid will automatically be applied to your Housing costs (once any outstanding Fees and Tuition have been paid) rather than having to wait for your refund to pay for Housing. 
    • All costs and bills will be conveniently located in one place. 
    • Housing fee due dates have been updated to match CSUSM’s due dates, again allowing for one convenient payment plan. Due dates for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows: 
    • August 26th, 2020; September 25th, 2020; October 25th, 2020; November 24th, 2020; January 20th, 2021; February 19th, 2021; March 21st, 2021; April 20th, 2021 
    • As in previous years, no installments are charged in December and May. 
  • Has the Housing Requirement for first-year students been lifted?

    Yes, the housing requirement is optional for 2020-21. 
  • Am I guaranteed a spot for this year?

    Due to the need for social distancing, our capacity has been greatly reduced. For this reason, it is highly likely that we will NOT be able to accommodate all students who desire to live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will prioritize Housing for students outside of our Local Service Area who will be taking on-ground coursework. You can find more information about our Local Service Area
  • Can I still choose my roommates?

    Due to our reduced capacity and social distancing guidelines, we are reverting to licensing by Unit Type (double/single/etc.) rather than by floor plan for this year. Check out our Housing Options & Cost! Once all of your Licensing documents are signed by all parties, you will be added into My College Roomie and will still be able to request your preferred roommates. 
  • Will there still be Resident Advisors and support staff in Fall 2020?

    Yes, we will still have live-on Resident Advisors and Resident Directors who will continue to support the comfort and well-being of all residents, and will be available to address any questions or concerns that may come up.
  • Will there still be social programs and events for residents?

    Yes, our staff will continue to host opportunities for residents to safely socialize and build community in the residential communities. Due to restrictions, these programs may look a little differently; taking place virtually or in small groups where residents can practice social distancing.

Housing Tours Suspended

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all tours of the QUAD and the UVA until further notice. We have video tours of all layouts of our apartments available on our Instagram (@CSUSMHousing) and are working diligently to create a digital tour of our properties. Additionally, our office remains open and our staff are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Our office hours remain as normally scheduled. We look forward to welcoming you home!

Visit Our Housing FAQs and CSUSM's COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.