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.

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 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 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]. 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. 

  • 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.

    room selection guide

    View Room Selection Guide


Sophomore Residential Communities 2020-2021 

The Tecs

2020-2021 Sophomore Housing Rates

Sophomore Rates

View Sophomore Housing Rates

[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 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.

    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 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.

    Additional information and resources can be found on the Fraternity & Sorority Life website or by contacting the Advisory Team at (619) 594-5221 or [email protected]





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