Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, California State University San Marcos joined a number of other CSU campuses in requiring first-time freshman from outside of the local area to live in University or University-Affiliated Housing during their first year (on a space available basis). Effective June 29, 2018, all first time freshmen that had the AHO indicator on their MyCSUSM Portal are no longer required to live on-campus for the Fall 2018 semester.
Living in student housing promotes greater community, creating a student sense of citizenship, and facilitates a positive first year experience. The living experience provides greater support in transition to university life, including participation in learning communities, involvement in student life and recreation, more access to academic resources and opportunities to build life-long friendships. Research consistently shows that students who live in student housing have better grades, are more involved in campus activities, are retained in higher numbers and graduate sooner than students who do not.
When determining financial aid eligibility for students living on-campus, the Cost of Attendance will reflect on- campus housing rates.
Exemptions from the live on requirement will be considered for students over 21 years of age; military or veteran status; married, domestically partnered, and/or with legally dependent children; independent student status; medical and disability circumstances, or other special circumstances which create substantial personal hardship.
Freshman Live-On Requirement: Process and Exemption Form.