Sophomore Housing Lottery

Two-Year Residency Requirement

All first-time freshmen from outside SDSU’s local admission area are required to live on campus for freshmen and sophomore years. Students are in the local admission area if they graduated from a high school in San Diego County located south of state Route 56 and extending eastward, or a high school in Imperial County.

SDSU’s residency requirement is in alignment with the California State University (CSU) Graduation Initiative of 2025 to improve student academic success, retention, and graduation rates. National and local statistics show that students who live on campus enjoy an increased sense of community and campus connectedness, are better prepared academically, and graduate at faster rates than those who do not.

First-time-freshmen who are from SDSU’s local admission area are not required to live on campus sophomore year, but are also welcome to apply for sophomore housing by following the timeline below.

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. 

  • Sophomore QUEST Signature Programming
    • Academic Advising 101
    • Study Abroad: Mapping Your Plan
    • Financial Literacy: Family Feud
    • Cooking Healthy in Your Kitchen
    • Trader Joe's Smart Shopping Tour
    • From A to Zinc: Ask a Nutritionist
    • Suit Up with SDSU
    • Resumania
    • Flash Mentoring Mixer

Housing 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 the first stage (Feb 3-28), students will review their license agreement term length, search and confirm roommates (optional), and opt into a meal plan (optional). During the second stage (March-April), 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 a two-year License Agreement are required to participate in the sophomore housing lottery. More information about the lottery process will be available in November.

Housing Lottery Timeline Timeline icon

  • Now - Feb 3, 2020
    • 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 Open House on February 1, 2020, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Come to one of our info sessions to learn everything you need to know about the housing lottery process and take a walking tour of each sophomore residential community. More information coming soon. 

  • Feb 3 - Feb 28, 2020

    Log on to the Housing Portal and complete the following by February 28, 2020. 

    • Review your License Agreement term length

      The default term length for sophomores is nine (9) months for the academic year. You may opt into an eleven and a half (11.5) month term length that extends through summer 2021 at Aztec Corner, Granada, and [email protected] Nine (9) month term lengths are not available at Aztec Corner, Granada, or [email protected]

    • Search and mutually confirm your roommates (optional)
      Roommate groups may be between 2 and 6 people. 
    • Select a sophomore meal plan (optional)
      Sophomores are not required to purchase a meal plan. However, there are several options that have been created for sophomores if you choose to purchase one. If you purchase a sophomore meal plan, it cannot be canceled or changed once chosen.

  • March - April 2020

    In March, you 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 25-26 and April 7-9. 

    • 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. This means you may need to adjust your roommate group size if your preferred units are full.

    • 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.


Sophomore Residential Communities 2020-2021 

The Tecs

[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. 


Greek Exemption

  • Can I live in a fraternity/sorority chapter facility?

    Students who enter the university with a two-year live on requirement that 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 Scorecard for the fall semester and have a fall semester and total GPA at or above 2.80. 

    Students interested in being a resident of their respective fraternity/sorority chapter facility starting fall 2020 during their sophomore year must submit their interest to Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisory Team before January 14, 2020. 

    A completed signed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request form must be electronically submitted to the Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisory Team by January 23, 2020. Students and chapters will be notified of eligibility by January 31, 2020. 

    Eligible chapters will submit the names of those they wish to become residents of their chapter facility by February 1, 2020. 

    The deadline for names of final eligible students with signed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request form is February 14, 2020.

    Additional information can be found by contacting the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (619) 594-5221 or [email protected]

    *Dates are subject to change.



All communications sent to students regarding the sophomore housing lottery are listed below.