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How and When to Apply


We encourage you to begin looking into student housing the minute you think you want to attend CSU San Marcos.  Applying to Student Housing and applying to the University are separate processes.  It is stongly recommended that you apply to either The UVA or The QUAD as soon as you have been accepted into CSUSM. Housing is based on a first come, first serve basis and completing the housing process early, increases the likelihood you will get your first choice.

Application Process and Timeline

Beginning in Fall 2012, all first time freshman admitted from outside the CSUSM Local Service Area are required to live in CSUSM Student Housing for their first year.  If you are not sure if your high school is in the local service area.

The University highly encourages all students to live in student housing at least two years while studying at the University.  If you are from outside the CSUSM Local Service Area and required to live in Student Housing, you will not be able to register for New Student Orientation or register for classes without completing the Student Housing contract process or requesting and receiving approval to be exempt from the Live on Requirement

If you have questions about the exemption process or need assistance completing the form, please contact Patty Diaz, SOAR Coordinator, at 760-750-6025 or The University Corporation at 760-750-3722.  You can also e-mail your questions to

Applying is easy!  Just select the property you would like to live at and follow all of the steps to secure your bed space.  By signing the contract, you are agreeing to accept financial responsibility for the bed space and to live by the Residental Handbook Rules, so be sure you have reviewed your Financial Aid eligibility with the Financial Aid Office prior to signing. The Resident Handbook can be found at

If you fail to move in or don't make the required payments, you will be finacially responsible.  This means that if anything changes about your status as a student at CSUSM (you change your mind about attending CSUSM, your become ineligible, your financial award changes, etc..) you are required to contact the UVA or The QUAD immediately.  More information about cancellation policies and procedures can be found at Contracts are not automatically canceled. 

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to CSUSM!

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