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 freshman 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.
Current freshmen who live on campus and 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.
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
- 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 Stage I (Feb. 3-28), students will review their license agreement term length, search and confirm their roommate (optional), and opt into a meal plan (optional). During Stage II (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.
We hope you were able to attend the Rising Sophomore Open House on February 1, 2020. In case you missed it or need a refresher, please watch the video below with detailed information about roommates, meal plans, room selection and more.
Housing Lottery Timeline
- 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.
- Explore Sophomore Housing Options
- 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]. 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.
Search and mutually confirm your roommate (optional)
Roommate groups may be a maximum of two (2) people. 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 both people. The group leader is determined by whoever initiates the roommate request.
By initiating a roommate group, you will be responsible for assigning yourself and your roommate. By accepting a roommate group invitation, you are agreeing to accept the assigned space completed by the group leader. You must finalize your roommate group by February 28, 2020.
Select a meal plan (optional)
Meal plans for sophomores are optional. These plans require an academic year commitment and cannot be canceled. Any unused balances at the end of the spring semester are forfeited with no refunds. The deadline to add a meal plan is July 3, 2020.
- Review your license agreement term length
- March - April 2020
During the week of March 16, 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.
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.
- Create a plan
Sophomore Residential Communities 2020-2021
2020-2021 Sophomore Housing Rates
[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.
- Option 1: Continue with SDSU Housing
Complete the Sophomore Housing Lottery process (outlined above) with the Office of Housing Administration. Space is limited; only seven (7) apartment units or twenty-six (26) total beds are available at [email protected] through the Housing License Agreement. An assignment to [email protected] cannot be guaranteed and is based on availability.
- Option 2: Lease with [email protected]
Lease directly with [email protected] [email protected] will accept applications beginning October 1, 2019. Apply as soon as possible as space is expected to fill up quickly. [email protected] will notify you as to the status of your application before winter break.
If your application is approved, you may sign a lease directly with [email protected] In order for [email protected] to fulfill the campus residency requirement, you must complete the SDSU Housing Contract Release Request Form within seven (7) days of your signed lease with [email protected] Please return the completed Contract Release Request Form to the Office of Housing Administration by February 14, 2020. Failing to complete the Contract Release Request Form upon a lease with [email protected] will have costly consequences. If space is full at [email protected] and you are required to live on campus during your sophomore year, you must complete the sophomore housing lottery process (outlined above).
- Is there a difference between leasing with SDSU Housing versus [email protected]?
Though [email protected] is affiliated with SDSU, it is considered an off-campus community. Leasing directly with [email protected] may have financial aid impacts depending on your financial aid package. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. [email protected] cannot reassign you to another building if your needs or circumstances change. Only a lease with the Office of Housing Administration can allow you to apply for a building switch if needed.
Greek Housing 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.
- 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.
- 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 individually submit their interest to the Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisory Team via the FSL Exemption Request Google Form on or before January 13, 2020.
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. 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, 2020. Students and chapters will be notified of eligibility by January 25, 2020.
Eligible chapters will submit the final list of names of those they wish to become residents of their chapter facility by January 30, 2020.
The deadline for names of final eligible students with signed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request form is February 15, 2020.
- If I am in a mutually confirmed roommate group, is it guaranteed that we will be assigned
to a space together?
The Sophomore Housing Lottery is based on availability during the assigned lottery date and time. Roommate groups, room types, and buildings cannot be guaranteed.
- If I do not like my assignment, what are my options?You will need to select a space based on what is available during your lottery date and time. If an assignment is made, but you would like to change it you can submit a Room Switch Request starting April 15, 2020. The Assignments team will try to accommodate your request prior to move-in based on space availability.
How can I cancel the second year of my license agreement?
Students who are required to live on campus may submit a Contract Release Request. Contract Release Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The primary criteria are the demonstration of medical or financial hardship along with the process and documentation required for making the request.
- Will signing a lease directly with [email protected] impact my financial aid? Though [email protected] is affiliated with SDSU, it is considered an off-campus community for the purposes of financial aid. Leasing directly with [email protected] may have financial aid impacts depending on your financial aid package. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. [email protected] cannot reassign you to another building if your needs or circumstances change. Only a License Agreement with the Office of Housing Administration will allow you to apply for a building switch if needed.
- If I am planning to do the Greek Exemption, do I still need to go through the housing
lottery process? The Office of Housing Administration will receive the names of final eligible students with signed Letter of Intent/Contract Release Request forms by February 15, 2020. Those who receive the Greek Exemption will not need to go through the Sophomore Housing Lottery process.
- If I have access to a kitchen, why might I consider a meal plan?You may be surprised to learn that over half of our current sophomores opted into a meal plan. We have found that while many students intend to cook regularly, after classes and other responsibilities students want the convenience of a meal plan. You will be able to add a meal plan via the Housing Portal until July 3, 2020. Please remember, that once you add a meal plan it cannot be changed or cancelled.
What should I be focusing on during my Sophomore year living on campus?
We encourage you to solidify your academic major and connect with your advisors. Make sure you review your degree audit and speak with your Major Advisor to determine if you need to do an internship and/or study abroad experience. If you do, we suggest that you develop a plan for when this would occur. Attending one of the many Sophomore QUEST programs/workshops put on by our various campus partners will also address some of the needs sophomores have.
All communications sent to students regarding the sophomore housing lottery are listed below.
- Rising Sophomore Open House Invite: Tula Location
- Rising Sophomore Open House Invite: Cholula Location
- October 10: Non-local students
- October 10: Local students