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Residential Learning Community and Specialized Housing


We are looking forward to helping you create your new home at the University Village Apartments (UVA) or The QUAD! As you make your choice on where to create your new home, we wanted to invite you to live in our residential learning community (RLC) or specialized housing. 

Residential Learning Community

The San Marcos Experience (SME) RLC is designed to help ease the transition into college by placing students into a cohort with other like-minded first year students. You will share an apartment or be on the RLC floor with the same students you'll have classes with first semester. SME promotes leadership development and civic engagement both inside and outside of the classroom. Students in this program have proven to have higher GPAs and graduation rates and are now leaders across campus. 

Benefits of participating in an RLC include:

  • Priority registration (3-6 units for Fall 2021)
  • Exclusive summer virtual orientation 
  • Leadership and involvement opportunities all year long
  • A tight-knit community of RLC students in both your classes and your living environment!


  • Must be a first time freshman only
  • Provisional admission to CSUSM for Fall 2021
  • Submit your intent to enroll
  • Apply for CSUSM Housing at UVA or The QUAD
  • Not in another specialty program (TRIO/SSS, Athletics, CAMP, EOP)
  • Submit an online RLC Application

Important Dates:

  • Priority Application Deadline: May 3
  • Final Application Deadline: June 1
  • Mandatory Virtual Orientation: July 8 

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Specialized Housing Communities

Open to all residents

Our themed housing communities will offer individualized support and deeper community building opportunities through programming. 

Communities include:

  • LGBTQA Housing
  • Substance Free Housing
  • Gender Inclusive Housing (mixed gender apartments)

If interested in taking advantage of these communities, please notate on your housing application and we will follow up with you.

All of these options are also located on your housing application at both the UVA and The QUAD. If you have any questions or would like more clarification, please contact RenĂ© Galindo, Resident Director, at