Spring 2021

Welcome home! Please become familiar with the information on this page to assist you in preparing for move-in day on Jan. 18, 2021.


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: SDSU.edu/COVID19

Please be aware that upon move-in, all residents will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis. The following are important timeframes and directions residents will need to follow: 

Starting Jan. 18: Students will be tested immediately, and will be required to quarantine in their rooms with their roommates/apartment mates from the time they return to campus until they have received a negative test result from their first round of COVID-19 testing. 

Between Jan. 18 and Jan. 24: Students will be required to be tested twice: one in the first half of the week (Jan. 18-20); and once in the latter part of the week (Jan. 21-23).

Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5: Students will be required to be tested weekly.

Beginning Feb. 8 and through the end of the term in May: Students will be required to be tested on a bi-weekly basis. 

Please be attentive to your official SDSU email account as we will be providing additional information, including details about your testing schedule, the week of January 11. 

Recommendations may be subject to modification from federal, state, or San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) public health orders, or existing public health order modifications based on regional triggers and case rates.

important dates

Week of December 7: Students will receive an email with the following assignments:

  • Building 
  • Room type
  • Meal plan (if applicable) 
  • Bed size

Week of January 4: Students will receive an email with the following additional information:

  • Check-in time assignment on move-in day Jan. 18 (between 10 a.m. to 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)

January 18: Spring move-in day

what to bring

Download the Move-in Spring 2021 Checklist for a complete list of what to bring.


SDSU has 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 collegeboxes.com and use the 15% off discount code SDSU15 to sign up and order your supply kit. Supply kits must be ordered by Jan. 4 and shipped by Jan. 8 to be delivered to your residential community by move-in day. 

The SDSU Bookstore 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 dormco.com/sdsu. Order now to have items shipped to your home. Starting Jan. 11, orders can be shipped directly to your residential community. 

services and amenitites

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 restaurant information. 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 Feb. 8, 2021 with changes effective Feb. 22, 2021. 

bike and surfboard storage

Bicycles: Bicycles are not allowed inside rooms, suites and apartments. Covered bicycle storage is available on campus at no additional charge. After you move-in, 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 @sdsu email if we are able to reserve a storage space for you. 

Surfboards: Surfboard lockers are available on campus at no additional charge. After you move-in, you may complete the surfboard storage interest form if you are interested in reserving a surfboard locker for the spring. Lockers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.


Wi-Fi: 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 PavlovGo.com 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.

parking and transportation

SDSU has suspended the freshman resident parking restriction for the 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 reserved 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. 

If students purchase a reserved parking permit in advance, students will be able to pick up their permit and garage remote (if applicable) at their community front desk on move-in day, Jan. 18. (This does not apply for permits purchased through SDSU Parking and Transportation Services

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

  • Take the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus and trolley systems conveniently from the SDSU Transit center on-campus. Use your smartphone pass for discounted transit trips,via the Aztec Parking Portal.  
  • Take advantage of other rail student discounts on MetroLink and Amtrak for trips throughout California.
  • Need a ride after dark? Lyft and Uber will be able to access all locations on campus at night without restrictions. SDSU is aware that an appellate court granted the companies a temporary reprieve on Aug. 20, and that services will continue in California for the time being. Parking and Transportation Services is actively monitoring the situation and will communicate any impacts. 
  • 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 Parking & Transportation page.

before you arrive

Follow the Pre-Arrival Instructions: To protect your own health and help prevent COVID-19 exposure within the SDSU community, it is important that you begin to take action now to reduce the risk of acquiring the virus. During the two weeks prior to arrival at SDSU, we recommend:

  • Wear a facial covering at all times, covering your nose and mouth, when you are around anyone outside of your immediate household. 
  • 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. If you have lost your SDSUcard, please email [email protected] by Jan. 8, 2021 to be mailed a replacement card and pay the card replacement fee of $25. The SDSUcard office  on campus will be open on Tuesday, Jan 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Buy Your Textbooks: Purchase your textbooks online beginning January 6 and pick them up at the SDSU Bookstore when you arrive on campus or have them shipped to your home.

Send and Receive Mail: The mailing address for your community can be found at the Mail Services page. 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 Collegeboxes, 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 will be available on the Housing Portal the week of Jan. 4. 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. 

on moving day

Plan to Arrive at Your Check-In Time: Check your email for your check-in time assignment (sent the week of Jan. 4, 2021).

Campus parking will not cite on move-in day on Jan. 18, 2021 in lot P12 levels 4-5, P17, P17A and P6. (Please note this does not include the South Campus Plaza parking structure, which will remain a public price-per-hour lot.)

Check-in At Your Community Front Desk: Front desks are located at the following addresses: 

  • Front Desk Addresses

    Aztec Corner
    Building A 
    5504 Montezuma Rd
    San Diego, CA 92115

    5525 Hardy Ave
    San Diego, CA 92115

    [email protected]
    5030 College Ave
    San Diego, CA 92115

    Piedra del Sol
    5600 Hardy Ave
    San Diego, CA 92115

    South Campus Plaza - North
    5140 College Ave
    San Diego, CA 92115

    South Campus Plaza - South
    5120 College Ave
    San Diego, CA 92115

    Tepeyac & Tacuba
    5150 East Campus Dr
    San Diego, CA 92115

    University Towers
    5505 Montezuma Rd
    San Diego, CA 92115

    Villa Alvarado
    6161 Alvarado Rd
    San Diego, CA 92120

    Huaxtepec, Tarastec, Toltec, Zacatepec, Zapotec, Metepec, Mixquic
    Community Front Desk
    5460 55th St
    San Diego, CA 92115

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 and recycle cardboard boxes, styrofoam packing blocks and all paper items. i

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.