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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.

2024-2025 Academic Year Application

Applications for the 2024-2025 Academic year are currently not open. Based on previous years they have opened in March-April. Please keep a look out for more information on our website and social media accounts. Instagram & Facebook: @csusmhousing 

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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