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With studies that show students who live on campus graduate sooner and succeed academically at higher rates than students who live off-campus, all students are encouraged to live in Student Housing for at least two years. Student Housing at CSU San Marcos offers a variety of housing options ideally suited for incoming freshmen, returning undergraduate and graduate students.

Living in Student Housing is the ultimate way to experience CSU San Marcos, as you'll find plenty of opportunities to expand your academic knowledge, build friendships and explore the diverse campus culture. As a resident student, you'll have immediate access to your professors, the library, computer labs, and recreational facilities, all in a convenient and practical environment. You'll spend no time commuting and parking, providing you with more time for studying, socializing, working, exercising, or pursuing your personal interests.

This is not just "a place to live." Student Housing is your gateway to the complete CSU San Marcos experience, the place to succeed.

Family Move-in Meetings

The Family Move-in Meetings will be scheduled closer to fall move in. This meeting will be an opportunity to connect with campus partners to hear about the move in process and understand policies/procedures connected to our new climate to ensure health and security for all.  Additionally, this session aims to provide support for families transitioning students to independent living.

If you are interested in attending, you will have a chance to RSVP when the meetings are scheduled.


Fall 2022 Meal Plans

Students can now select their Fall 2022 Meal Plans!

For additional information on the Meal Plans and the new Campus Way Cafe, visit or email

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UVA Residents, & QUAD Residents 

Voluntary Meal Plans PageVoluntary Meal Plan FAQs

North Commons Residents 

Mandatory Meal Plans PageMandatory Meal Plans FAQs

First-time Freshman Live on Requirement

Since the beginning in Fall 2012, all first time freshmen admitted from outside the CSUSM Local Amissions Area are required to live in CSUSM Student Housing for their first year.  

The University highly encourages all students to live in student housing at least two years while studying at the University. If you are from outside the CSUSM Local Admissions Area and required to live in Student Housing, you will not be able to register for New Student Orientation or register for classes without completing the Student Housing contract process or requesting and receiving approval to be exempt from the live-on requirement.

If you have questions about the exemption process or need assistance completing the form, please contact housing, at (760) 750-3711. You can also email your questions regarding housing exemptions to

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