Sophomore Housing Lottery 2021

*The sophomore housing lottery is open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Rising Sophomore Virtual Open House

Attend the Rising Sophomore Virtual Open House on Saturday, Jan. 30
Come to one of our virtual info sessions via Zoom to learn everything you need to know about the housing lottery process and ask your questions. Please register for your preferred info session time by clicking the link below as space is limited. If your preferred info session time has reached capacity, please register for a different info session. Parents and families are also welcome to register. 

Register for Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

Register for Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.

Register for Jan. 30 at 4 p.m.

Sophomore Residential Communities

checkmark Aztec Corner (9 & 11.5-month license agreement)  checkmark Piedra del Sol (9-month license agreement)
checkmark Granada (9-month license agreement) checkmark Tepeyac & Tacuba (9-month license agreement)
checkmark [email protected] (11.5-month license agreement) checkmark Villa Alvarado (9-month license agreement)


9-month license agreements are for the academic year (August 2021 - May 2022). 11.5-month license agreements are through summer (August 2021 - July 2022).  

Please be aware that sophomore residential communities and the sophomore housing lottery timeline are subject to change as we continue to monitor conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sophomore Housing Rates



sophomore housing rates

View Sophomore & Upper Division Housing Rates

Lottery Process

The purpose of the sophomore housing lottery is to assign first-year students (rising sophomores) to one of the sophomore residential communities. The sophomore housing lottery is a two-stage process. During Stage I (Feb. 1- 26), students will review their license agreement term length, renew their current space or confirm roommates (optional), and opt into a meal plan (optional). During Stage II (March 17 - March 31), students will receive a randomly assigned lottery date and time for which they will be able to select from available rooms on the Housing Portal. 

As the sophomore housing lottery is based on availability during the assigned lottery date and time, specific room types and buildings cannot be guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to be familiar with all sophomore residential communities to inform their selection from what is available during their designated lottery date and time.

The sophomore housing lottery is administered randomly using an algorithm. All non-local first-year students with an active two-year license agreement are required to participate in the sophomore housing lottery. 

Housing Lottery Timeline 

sophomore housing lottery timeline

View Housing Lottery Timeline

  • Prior to Feb. 1, 2021
    • Explore Sophomore Housing Options
      Take a virtual tour, view floorplans and photos, and see amenities available in each sophomore residential community.
    • Attend the Rising Sophomore Virtual Open House on Saturday, Jan. 30
      Come to one of our virtual info sessions via Zoom to learn everything you need to know about the housing lottery process and ask your questions. Please register for your preferred info session time by clicking the link below as space is limited. If your preferred info session time has reached capacity, please register for a different info session.

    Register for Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

    Register for Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.

    Register for Jan. 30 at 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 1 - Feb. 26, 2021

    Log on to the Housing Portal and complete the following by February 26, 2021

    • Review your license agreement term length
      The default term length for sophomores is nine (9) months for the academic year (August 2021 - May 2022). You may opt into an eleven and a half-month (11.5) term length that extends through summer (August 2021 - July 2022) at Aztec Corner and [email protected] If you select an 11.5-month license agreement, you will not be able to switch to a 9-month license agreement and vice versa.

    • Renew Current Space (optional)
      If you currently reside in a building that is designated for sophomores in fall 2021 (Aztec Corner, Granada, [email protected], Piedra del Sol, Tepeyac, Villa Alvarado), you will have priority access to renew your current space (same bedroom, unit and building only). If you opt to renew your current space, you will skip the lottery process and proceed directly to reserving your current space.

      Note that with this option, you will not be able to join a roommate group or assign a particular roommate(s) to your unit. This option is best for students who would like to live with their current roommate(s) or with a randomly assigned roommate(s). 


      OR...

      Search and mutually confirm your roommate
      (optional)
      If you would like to live with a particular roommate(s), you may join a roommate group. Roommate groups may be two (2) or four (4) people only. If you are in a roommate group, only the roommate group leader will receive a lottery date and time and that person will select and assign a room for all roommates. The roommate group leader is determined by whoever initiates the roommate request.

      Note that by initiating a roommate group, you will be responsible for assigning yourself and your roommate(s) to a space. Alternatively, by accepting a roommate group invitation, you are agreeing to accept the assigned space completed by the roommate group leader.

    • Select a meal plan (optional)
    • 2nd Year Plan
      • $3,952 total cost per academic year
      • 2 meals per week accepted at The Garden Restaurant or University Towers Kitchen (68 meals total)
      • Plus $69 per week in declining dollars ($2,340 total)
    • Flex 5
      • $5,208 total cost per academic year
      • $28 allowance per day, Monday thru Friday
    • Flex 7
      • $5,856 total cost per academic year
      • $26 allowance per day, Monday thru Friday
      • $16.25 allowance per day, Saturday & Sunday
    • Meals Plus
      • $6,344 total cost per academic year
      • 4 meals per week accepted at The Garden Restaurant or University Towers Kitchen (136 meals total)
      • Plus $110 per week in declining dollars ($3,710 total)

    With the 2nd Year and Meals Plus plans, the meals and declining dollars roll over each week until the end of the spring semester. Any unused balances at the end of the spring semester are forfeited with no refunds. 

    With the Flex 5 and Flex 7 plans, the daily allowance does not roll over to the following day and any unused balances are forfeited with no refunds. 

    Visit eatatsdsu.com for more information.

  • March 17 - March 31

    If you DID NOT renew your current space, you (or the roommate group leader, if applicable) will receive an email indicating your randomly assigned lottery date and time for which you will be able to select from available rooms on the Housing Portal. Lottery dates will be between March 17-31, 2021. 

    • Create a plan
      Room selection is based on availability during your lottery date and time. Specific room types and buildings cannot be guaranteed. Become familiar with all sophomore residential community options to ease your selection process. 

      You will be able to log into the Housing Portal and preview available spaces one (1) hour prior to your lottery date and time.
    • Select your room
      Log in during your lottery date and time to self-select your room and assign your roommate group to your living space, floor or building.

    room selection guide

    View Room Selection Guide


Sophomore QUEST

All sophomore residential communities offer Sophomore QUEST programming that consists of workshops and high-impact learning opportunities designed specifically for second-year students. Sophomore QUEST programming gives students an opportunity to create plans for degree completion, study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, healthy living, financial and credit management, and other programs that will contribute to their success.

[email protected]

[email protected] is an off-campus, SDSU-affiliated residential community. Living at [email protected] can fulfill the campus residency requirement. Room selection for [email protected] is unique and can be completed in one of two ways.


Fraternity and Sorority Housing Exemption

Students who joined a fraternity or sorority during the fall semester can request to live in the chapter facility during their sophomore year, however, both the student and the chapter must meet specific requirements in order to be eligible.

  • Individual Requirements

    The student must have a fall semester and total GPA at or above 2.80 and be in good standing with the university. This means they cannot be on academic probation/disqualification or judicial probation.

  • Organizational Requirements

    The fraternity or sorority chapter must acquire a minimum of "accredited" status on their Greek Accreditation evaluation for the fall semester and have a fall semester and total GPA at or above 2.80.

  • Timeline

    On or before January 11, 2021: Students interested in being a resident of their respective fraternity/sorority chapter facility starting fall 2021 during their sophomore year must individually submit their interest to the Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisory Team via the FSL Exemption Request Google Form. This form is not the full exemption request. The Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisory Team will route (via AdobeSign) the Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request to all individuals that need to initial/sign this document within three business days of receiving the Google Form entry.

    By January 20, 2021: The routed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request (electronic, 3-page document) must be signed by the individual student, parent/guardian, and chapter advisor.

    By January 22, 2021: Students and chapters will be notified of eligibility.

    By January 28, 2021: Eligible chapters will submit the final list of names of those they wish to become residents of their chapter facility.

    By February 14, 2021: The deadline for names of final eligible students with signed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request form.

    Additional information and resources can be found at Fraternity & Sorority Life or by contacting the Advisory Team at 619-594-5221 or [email protected] sdsu.edu.


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