Applying for Campus Housing for Fall 2013-Spring 2014


Living on campus can be a rewarding experience for new students. We hope you will choose to come live with us. Below is a brief description of how the application and contracting process works at Sonoma State University for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 cycle.

Housing Process

Important Notice

Room assignment priority is based on the date you submit your Housing Down Payment. To improve your chances of getting your first preference, please complete the process early.

STEP 1 - Apply for Admissions

First, submit your admissions application to SSU. Then, once you are admitted to SSU, you will be emailed information about Campus Housing options and making a down payment. You should receive housing information about ten days after you get admitted.

STEP 2 - Make a Housing Down Payment

Once you have been admitted, follow the Stay on Track timeline. You will be eligible to make your Enrollment Reservation Deposit (secures your space for classes $200), mandatory Orientation ($255), and Housing Down Payment ($400). You will need to log on to your MySSU account to pay your deposits and down payment and accept your admissions. We recommend purchasing Preferred Package 1 which includes all three items. If you want to purchase Housing at a later date, then you will purchase package #3 when you are ready.

By making the $400 Housing Down Payment, you are making yourself eligible for a housing offer. Housing is not guaranteed and so we recommend making these payments as soon as possible. The down payment is $400 and half is refundable if the student cancels by May 1st. All students will pay the $400 regardless of financial aid situation

If you purchase your ERD and Orientation package separately and would like to purchase Housing, please follow the instructions below once you have logged into SSU Online Services:

Cancellation Refund Policy: The Student Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable once the payment is made if requested in writing by May 1st, 2013; non-refundable thereafter. Email your refund request to

STEP 3 - Receive Offer For Campus Housing

In order for you to be offered campus housing, both the Enrollment Reservation Deposit and Housing Down Payment need to be paid. You will then receive an offer agreement with a deadline date.

The offers are emailed starting early March for the Fall term and early November for the Spring semester. Weekly mailings are done thereafter.

STEP 4 - Selecting Assignment Preferences and Meal Plans

Your offer will provide instructions on how to select your assignment preferences and meal plan online. Prior to receiving this offer you can learn about our accommodations by reviewing the choices online. For information about the meal plan options, you can visit our Meal Plan webpage.

STEP 5 - Receive Room Assignment Information

Room assignments are made and emailed to students mid-July.

Assignment Requests Are Not Guaranteed

Every effort will be made to honor the preference requests you indicate online, but these requests are not guaranteed.

Your actual assignment depends on your Housing priority date and the number of students with earlier priority dates who have requested the same accommodations.