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why student housing


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.

First-time Student Live on Requirement

Since the beginning in Fall 2012, all first time students admitted from outside the CSUSM Local Admissions 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. First year students who are from outside the CSUSM Local Admissions Area and have a positive indicator in their MYCSUSM account to live on campus , you will need to complete the Student Housing contract process or request and receive 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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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. Guarantors and qualifying residents (no guarantor available) will be sent communication regarding the dates of the session and a link to register. 

Microfridge Rental

MicroFridge rental available! Click the title above to view microfridge rental pricing and care package options!   


Meal Plans

For information on Dining Services, visit Dining or email

Fall 2023 Meal Plans will be available for purchase beginning May 1, 2023

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