Move-In 2020

Last Updated: August 18, 2020

covid information

Welcome home! We have missed the presence of our students on campus, and are thrilled to welcome you to your new home at San Diego State University. Please become familiar with the information on this page to assist you in preparing for move-in day. 

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting nearly all nations across the world, we are more dedicated than ever to ensuring your safe arrival to campus and well-being during your overall residential experience. 

Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state of California, and county guidelines, we are proceeding with caution with our return to campus for move-in. In keeping your health and safety as our top priority, we have implemented a set of practices designed to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 which can be viewed on the COVID-19 information for residents page. Additional information about SDSU’s response to COVID-19 is on the university’s public-facing site:

Please note, if we can safely ease up on some of the modifications described over time, we will do so. Thank you for your commitment to honoring these expectations during this unprecedented time. We look forward to your arrival and hope that your time living on campus is memorable and rewarding.

The following information was updated on August 19, 2020 to provide further clarity and correct any misinterpretation of our strict policies in place: In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations, international students and students arriving from abroad were asked to arrive early in order to quarantine for 14 days prior to transitioning to their fall housing assignment. Domestic students arrive between August 18 and August 21 and are not be required to self-quarantine, however additional practices (outlined on the COVID-19 information for residents page) the have been imposed to minimize any risk of transmission or exposure to COVID-19. 

All students are expected to adhere to the practices outlined in the SDSU Pre-Arrival Guide, mailed to the permanent address on file in early August. The SDSU Pre-Arrival Guide outlines practices (such as avoiding close contact and large gatherings, health assessments, and other guidelines) for students to follow for at least 14 days prior to move-in.

Students are assigned a specific move-in date and check-in time based on their building assignment. Move-in date/time assignments are be staggered to facilitate physical distancing. Move-in date assignments were emailed the week of July 6. Check-in time assignments were emailed the week of August 3. Each student can be accompanied by no more than two family members or guests during move-in, and all must wear facial covering and practice physical distancing when near non-family members. 

We understand that some students have already made travel arrangements based on our previously published move-in dates. Students with existing travel arrangements may request a move-in date change by completing the linked form no later than August 1.

Important Dates

Week of July 6: Students will receive an email with the following assignments:

  • Move-in date
  • Building 
  • Room type
  • Meal plan (if applicable) 
  • Learning community (if applicable) 
  • Bed size

Week of August 3: Students will receive an email with the following additional information:

  • Check-in time assignment (between 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Roommate information (if applicable)
  • Pre-Arrival Guide (outline of practices to minimize gatherings during move-in, and other COVID-19 related precautions and actions)
  • Specific move-in instructions for unloading, check-in and parking

August 6-8: International students move-in 

August 18-21: Domestic students move-in

what to bring

Download the Move-In 2020 Checklist for a complete list of what to bring.


SDSU has partnered with DormCo, a one stop shop for everything for your on-campus residence. DormCo offers a wide selection of residential essentials at great prices. Shop at Order now to have items shipped to your home. Starting August 10, orders can be shipped to campus.


SDSU has also partnered with Collegeboxes to make move-in as easy as possible. Collegeboxes will pick up items from your home and deliver them directly to your residential community on campus. If you would like to take advantage of this great service, go to and use the discount code SDSU10 to sign up and order your supply kit.

Supply kits must be ordered by July 22 and shipped by July 30 to be delivered to your residential community by move-in day. 



Building-specific services and amenities are listed on each community page:  

Meal Plans

For information about dining and meal plans, visit resident meal plans. Visit dining locations and hours for restauarnt infromation. Please note that locations and hours are subject to change. 

Meal plans will begin on move-in day. The first opportunity to change a meal plan is September 14, 2020 with changes effective September 21, 2020. 
 Bike & Surf Storage

Bicycles are not allowed inside suites and apartments. Covered bicycle storage is available on campus at no additional charge. Beginning August 3, you may sign up for bicycle storage on a first-come, first-served basis. This form will not close, you may submit for bicycle storage at any point during the academic year. Keep in mind that there is a $30 charge for lost and non-returned storage keys. You will be notified via your SDSUid email if we are able to reserve a storage space for you. 
Surfboard lockers are available on campus at no additional charge. Beginning August 3, you may complete the surfboard storage interest form if you are interested in reserving a surfboard locker for the 2020-21 school year. All interest forms are due by Friday, August 14. Twenty-one (21) lockers will be randomly assigned through a lottery system on Monday, August 17. You will be notified via your SDSUid email if we are able to reserve a surfboard locker for you. Since there is a limited availability in surfboard locker storage, please see surfboard storage options on how to safely secure your surfboard in your room. 

Secure access to wireless internet is provided throughout the campus residential communities and across campus. Connect to the Eduroam network using your SDSUid by following the connection instructions. Hard wired connections are not provided. For assistance connecting to Wi-Fi, contact RezCon at [email protected].

Philo TV
Philo TV with live streaming and up to 20 hours of DVR is provided to all on-campus residents while connected to the Eduroam network. Also included in this TV package is access to HBO GO and MAX GO. Visit Philo TV for login instructions and additional information. 

Aztec Corner Residents Only
Connect to wireless internet through the community WiFi provided by Pavlov Media. When prompted, set up your account and login credentials. To connect gaming consoles, printers or TV streaming, visit and login to your account to manually add your device. For assistance, contact Pavlov Media at 888-472-8568 (888-4-PAVLOV) and select option three (3) for technical support.

Aztec Corner residents are provided with a television in the living room along with TV service provided by Pavlov Media. In your bedroom, plug your own TV directly into the wall using a coaxial cable. Then perform a channel scan from your TV’s menu using the source setting for cable. For assistance, contact Pavlov Media at 888-472-8568 (888-4-PAVLOV) and select option three (3) for technical support.

Safety and Security

SDSU has suspended the freshman resident parking restriction for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year. All commuting and resident students attending SDSU may bring a vehicle and purchase parking. Students may purchase an SDSU parking permit for the campus parking structures or may reserve parking at their residential community (if available). 

Students may also consider alternative modes of transportation to having a vehicle on campus.  

  • Take the San Diego MTS bus and trolley systems conveniently from the SDSU Transit center on-campus. Use your smartphone pass for discounted transit trips, starting in August 2020, via the Aztec Parking Portal.  
  • Take advantage of other rail student discounts on MetroLink and Amtrak for trips throughout California.
  • Consider ride-sharing with your fellow classmates through the Waze app or Zimride platform.  
  • Need a ride after dark? Lyft and Uber will be able to access all locations on campus at night without restrictions for Fall 2020-21. 
  • SDSU is also partnered with Zipcar, a car sharing service available to students 18 years and older, membership starts at just $15. 
  • More information can be found at the transportation and parking page.

Before You Arrive

Follow the Pre-Arrival Instructions
To limit potential exposure within the SDSU community, it is important that you begin to take action now to reduce the risk of acquiring COVID-19. During the two weeks prior to arrival at SDSU, we recommend:

  • Limiting non-essential time out of your residence. Try to stay home as much as possible and reduce contact with non-household members.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel and do not travel internationally.  
  • When it is time to travel to SDSU, review guidance from the CDC on steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 during your trip.
  • Avoid social gatherings and events. If you must attend an event, wear a facial covering and practice physical distancing.
  • Be diligent in washing your hands and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Practice physical distancing and maintain six (6) feet between you and others.
  • Monitor your health and well-being. Watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, headache or fatigue.
  • If you begin to feel unwell during this two week period prior to move-in, please seek medical care. Talk to your medical provider about your plans to move to SDSU and follow their guidance on any necessary testing and isolation. If you are advised to isolate, SDSU will work with you on delaying your move-in date. If you do not have access to a healthcare provider, we recommend you connect with your insurance provider to identify care providers in your area. If you do not have health insurance, contact your local county health department. For any questions, contact SDSU Well-being & Health Promotion at [email protected] 
  • If you feel unwell on the day of your scheduled move-in, please do not come to campus. Please contact SDSU Student Health Services at 619-594-4325; evenings or weekends at 858-225-3105.  

Read the Guide to Community Living
Please familiarize yourself with our rules regarding cleaning, guests, alcohol, drugs and more in the Guide to Community Living. You are expected to follow the policies and procedures described and act accordingly. 

Review the Housing License Agreement
You are expected to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined in your license agreement. Please read and refer to the agreement as necessary throughout the year. 

Bring Your SDSUcard 
Your SDSUcard will give you access to your community entrance, laundry services, meal plan and more. 

  • Freshmen:
    If you have not already done so, please pay the ID card fee online through your Online Student Account. Your SDSUcard will be given to you at check-in on your assigned move-in date.
  • Sophomores, Transfer & Upper Division: Do not forget to bring your SDSUcard. You will be required to present your SDSUcard to check into your room. 

Buy Your Textbooks
Purchase your textbooks online beginning August 3 and pick them up at the SDSU Bookstore when you arrive on campus or have them shipped to your home.

Purchase Your Parking Permit
SDSU has suspended the freshman resident parking restriction for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year. All resident students attending SDSU may bring a vehicle and purchase parking. 

  • Campus Parking: Students may purchase a Student Day/Night permit (valid 24 hrs.) from SDSU Parking and Transportation Services
  • Building Parking (If Applicable): Students living in Aztec Corner, Granada, Piedra del Sol, Huaxtepec, Metepec, Mixquic, Tarastec, Toltec, University Towers, Zacatepec and Zapotec may purchase a parking permit for a reserved space at their building. These permits are available for purchase online on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that these permits are not valid at other on-campus parking lots/structures.
  • [email protected] Parking (If Applicable): Students living in [email protected] may purchase a parking permit for a reserved space upon request. Please contact [email protected] for availability at [email protected] or 619-399-3099. 

Send and Receive Mail
The mailing address for your community can be found at mail services. Mail will be accepted starting on your move-in date. Mail delivered prior to this date will be returned to the sender. 

Please note that items ordered/delivered from our campus partners, DormCo and Collgeboxes, are an exception to this policy. These items may be delivered to your community prior to move-in. Please see the “What to Bring” section above for order deadlines and details. 

Understand Your Healthcare Coverage
While you have access to basic health and wellness services on campus at no or low cost, it is important you have access to and know how to use your individual health care coverage locally if you need to access a specialist, urgent/emergency services or long-term health care. Talk to your parents or call your insurance provider to ensure you know how to utilize your health care coverage locally, including how to make an appointment, and what providers and/or local urgent/emergency services you can utilize. 

Prepare to Live with a Roommate
If you have been assigned to a double-occupancy room, your roommate assignment is available on the Housing Portal. While sometimes roommates do become best friends, most of the time they become good friends. You do not have to be best friends to have a fun and rewarding experience, but it is important that you learn to respect one another no matter what relationship may develop.

Download the SDSU Housing App
Download the free SDSU Housing app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for all of your housing needs at one place. 

Check the dining menu Watch TV
Request maintenace service Locate your classes
Get laundry alerts View & pay bills

Connect With Us

For all the latest news and updates, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @SDSUhousing. Make sure you also follow the Residence Hall Association (RHA) @SDSURHA and your community page on Instagram.

  • @AztecCornerSDSU
  • @CuicacalliSDSU
  • @GranadaSDSU
  • @LiveMatCollege
  • @PdsSDSU
  • @ScpNorthSDSU
  • @ScpSouthSDSU
  • @TecsSDSU
  • @UniversityTowersSDSU
  • @VillaAlvaradoSDSU

On Moving Day

  1. Plan to Arrive at Your Check-In Time
    Check your email for your assigned move-in date and check-in time (sent the week of August 3) and print out your corresponding parking permit. Display your parking permit on your dashboard and adhere to your scheduled time.

    Campus parking is free for on-campus move-in through Saturday, August 22. (Please note this does not include the South Campus Plaza parking structure, which will remain a public price-per-hour lot.)
  • Follow the Map
    Refer to the move-in map according to your building assignment for your detailed arrival instructions, including specific check-in, unloading, and parking locations. Please note that the physical address of your building is not necessarily where you check in. Follow the travel directions provided to minimize traffic and prevent delays. Reminder: the maps only apply to students moving in between August 18-21. If you are moving in before or after these dates, please proceed directly to your community front desk.
    Aztec Corner Tarastec
    Huaxtepec Tepeyac 
    Granada Toltec
    [email protected] University Towers
    Mixquic Villa Alvarado
    Piedra del Sol Zacatepec
    South Campus Plaza - North Zapotec
    South Campus Plaza - South  

  • Unpack 
    Furniture is not typically assigned. When you arrive at your room to unpack, please select an available bed, desk, dresser/closet on a first-come, first-served basis. 

  • Recycle
    Once you’ve unloaded, take all of your waste to the dumpsters outside of your residential community including cardboard boxes and packing materials. Help make move-in a zero waste event and beat last year’s recycling rate of 98%. 

  • Complete the Move-In Inspection 
    Upon check-in, you will receive an email prompting you to assess the current condition of your room. Avoid unnecessary charges by completing the Move-In Inspection on the Housing Portal in a timely manner. Staff members reference this document at move-out to inspect rooms and bill for damages. You will be billed for any damages sustained during the duration of your license agreement. 

  • Parent Meeting
    Parents of freshman on-campus housing residents, please plan to attend one of the following virtual parent meetings on Zoom on your student's assigned move-in day. We will discuss everything you need to know about life in our on-campus communities.