Move-In Fall 2021

Last Updated: June 29, 2021

Welcome Home IconWelcome Home

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. 

Covid-19 IconCOVID-19 Information

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 San Diego county guidelines, Housing plans to continue the implementation of COVID-19 modifications to our residential communities during the 2021-22 academic year. These modifications include but are not limited to:

  • Enhanced cleaning for health in all of our community areas
  • Face covering requirements in communal areas and on campus
  • Sanitation dispensers in building entrances and exits
  • Signage throughout each residential community with reminders and instructions on healthy practices, self-checks and public health guidance

Our university will continue to be attentive to guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state of California, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to continue quickly responding to pandemic conditions and recommendations. Additional information about SDSU’s response to COVID-19 is on the university’s public-facing site:

  • Are vaccines required?

    All students will be required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 to access campus facilities this fall. The CSU, of which SDSU is part, has indicated two important conditions: This requirement is contingent upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and adequate availability of fully approved vaccines. The CSU indicated that the vaccine requirement will become effective at the beginning of the fall 2021 term, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later.

    The CSU has indicated that students will be permitted to seek an exception this fall to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, to include an exemption for medical reasons. We do not yet have more specific details about exceptions, as guidelines are currently being developed. We will continue to keep our SDSU community informed as more information becomes available about the vaccine requirement, and continue to update our COVID-19 website.

  • What happens if my student is placed in quarantine or isolation?

    When the University becomes aware of a student with COVID-like symptoms or a positive COVID-19 case, an assessment and response team is activated to ensure the sick student is isolated and, as appropriate, close contacts are quarantined. For information about what happens when a student is placed in isolation or quarantine, visit Isolation & Quarantine Process for Residents.


Important Dates IconImportant Dates

Week of July 6: Students will receive an email (to @sdsu account) with the following assignments:

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

Week of August 2: Students will receive an email (to @sdsu account) with the following additional information: 

  • Check-in time assignment
  • Roommate information 
  • Pre-arrival guide (COVID-19 related precautions and actions)
  • Specific move-in instructions for unloading, check-in and parking

August 18: Sophomore, upper-division and grad move-in day

August 19 or 20: Freshman move-in days 

  • When is move-in?

    Students are assigned a specific move-in date and check-in time based on their building assignment. Move-in date/time assignments will be staggered to facilitate physical distancing. Move-in date assignments will be emailed the week of July 6. Please wait to make travel plans until you receive your assigned move-in date. 

  • Can I come before my assigned move-in date?

    Applications for early arrivals will be accepted in July after assignments are released. Upon an approved application, students will be charged a prorated fee. 

  • Can my family help me move in?

    Yes. Each student may be accompanied by up to two family members or guests during move-in, and all must wear facial covering and practice physical distancing when near non-family members. 

  • What do I need to do on move-in day?

    During the week of August 2, you will receive an email with specific instructions for unloading, check-in, and parking on your assigned move-in day.


What To Bring IconWhat to Bring

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

                 Freshman Checklist                 
Sophomore, Upper-Division & Grad Checklist

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Mail & Packages

Your on-campus mailing address can be found at Mail Services. Mail and packages will be accepted starting on your assigned 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 sections below for order deadlines and details.

DormCo Hall Essentials

SDSU has partnered with DormCo and OCM, one stop shops for everything for your on-campus residence. Both offer a wide selection of residential essentials at great prices.
Shop at now to have items shipped to your home. Starting August 10, orders can be shipped to the UPS store on campus
During move-in, you may also purchase items on campus at the OCM pop-up tents. More information regarding locations and operating hours to come.

Collegeboxes Shipping Service

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 room on campus. If you would like to take advantage of this great service, go to and use the discount code SDSU2021 for 10% off your order. 

  • Supply kits can be ordered from Collegeboxes as early as June 1
  • The deadline to order supply kits from Collegeboxes is July 30
  • The deadline to ship boxes to campus for move-in delivery is August 5

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  • Can I bring a hot pot or small appliance?

    Hot pots and small appliances are not permitted in the freshman living communities. Please review the checklist linked above for a complete list of what to bring. 

  • Can I bring a TV?

    Yes. Please coordinate with your roommate(s) in case they are planning to bring one as well.

  • What size bedding should I purchase?

    Bed sizes vary by building. Please check your building assignment prior to purchasing bedding. Your bed size information will be emailed to you the week of July 6 along with your other housing assignments.


Parking & Transportation IconParking & Transportation

Freshman Parking Policy 

In support of sustainability initiatives, incoming freshmen who live on campus will not be permitted to bring a car the first year of study at SDSU. To assist students who may have unique needs, freshmen with documented hardships are able and encouraged to apply for a waiver. For more information, please visit Freshman On-Campus Resident Parking Policy.

Sophomore, Upper-Division & Grad Parking

Aztec Corner, Granada, Piedra del Sol, Zapotec
Students residing in Aztec Corner, Granada, Piedra del Sol and Zapotec may reserve parking at their residential community. Parking permits for the 2021-22 academic year will be available starting July 1, 2021. 

Tepeyac, Tacuba, Villa Alvarado
Students residing in Tepeyac, Tacuba and Villa Alvarado may purchase an student overnight SDSU parking permit for the campus parking structures. 

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Reserved parking at [email protected] is currently fully for fall 2021. To join this waitlist, please email [email protected]. Single permits are $95 per month and tandem permits are $70 per month. 

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 via the Aztec Parking Portal.  
  • Take advantage of other rail student discounts on MetroLink and Amtrak for trips throughout California.
  • E-Scooters can now be found along the periphery of SDSU's campus to help assist in your mobility needs! Rides start at just $1 (with a min charge of $3.50), and may take place outside of the new geo-fence (red lined zone below). 
  • SDSU has partnered with Lyft and Uber and has established set pick-up/drop-off points at key locations on campus for your safety.
  • SDSU has 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 SDSU's Commuting & Transportation page.

bike iconBike & Surfboard Storage

Covered bicycle and surfboard storage is available on campus at no additional charge. 

Bicycles: Bicycle storage is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning August 9, please submit your interest in bicycle storage via the Bicycle Storage Form. Once you have completed the form, please visit the Bicycle Storage Tent during move-in to pick up your storage key. The Bicycle Storage Tent will be located on Cuicacalli Walkway from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on August 19 and 20. You must register your bicycle with University Police. Bicycles are not allowed inside suites and apartmentments. 

Surfboards: Beginning August 9, you may submit interest in a surfboard locker via the Surfboard Storage Form. Surfboard lockers will be assigned by lottery. Surfboards may also be stored in rooms



*Additional move-in information will be shared in the coming weeks. Please continue to check this page regularly.