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Based on the questions we have received in light of CSUSM implementing virtual instruction for Fall 2020, please see below for some Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: What about housing for Spring 2021? If classes are in person for the Spring, am I guaranteed a space? Do I have to cancel even if I still want to live on in the Spring?

A: Traditionally, we have offered Spring-only Licenses based on the availability of space. Given the rapidly-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and given that Housing decisions will depend greatly upon whether CSUSM will offer on-ground classes in the Spring, we suggest checking our web site ( and our Instagram page (@CSUSMHousing) regularly throughout the Fall for more information and updates on Housing availability for the Spring semester. If you decide not to stay in housing for the Fall 2020 semester, you will need to cancel your current application by emailing our office at or cancel your current License Agreement by June 22 to receive a refund of your Administrative Fee (refunds may take up to 8 weeks). You may cancel your license here. If you are interested in living with us in the Spring, please contact us in December 2020 and we will re-open your application, however, you will need to resubmit the $300 Administrative Fee.

Q: Based on COVID-19, has the housing requirement been lifted for 2020-2021?

A: Yes, the housing requirement is optional for 2020-21. 

Q: Am I guaranteed a spot for the Fall/Spring?

A: Due to the need for social distancing, our capacity has been greatly reduced. For this reason, it is highly likely that we will NOT be able to accommodate all students who desire to live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will prioritize Housing for students outside of our Local Service Area who will be taking on-ground coursework. You can find more information about our Local Service Area here

Q: Will my administrative fee be refunded?

A: Students who cancel their License Agreement/Application prior to June 22, 2020 and have already paid their $300 Administrative Fee will be refunded. Please note that refunds are expected to take approximately 8 weeks.

Q: Do I have to pay for Fall Housing if I won’t be living on campus?

A: No, you will not be responsible for the cost of Housing as long as you cancel your License Agreement prior to June 22ndAfter June 22nd, our normal Cancellation Policy will apply (more information is available here.)

Q: Is there a penalty for canceling my License?

A: Students who cancel due to the transition to remote instruction for Fall 2020 prior to June 22nd will not be assessed any cancelation fee. After June 22nd, our normal Cancellation Policy will apply (more information is available here.)

Q: If I intend to live on campus, can I still choose my roommates/floor plan?

A: Students who submit the Housing Intent Form indicating they wish to continue with their housing license will be sent additional information about roommates, floor plans, and rates in mid-June.

Q: What if I don’t know whether I intend to live on campus or not?

A: Please submit the Housing Interest Form here and indicate that you are waiting to make a decision. This will help us to assess how many residents may be interested in on-campus Housing. 

Q: Why are rates changing?

A: Because students will be placed in single rooms or, possibly with one roommate, we have adjusted the rates to reflect the amenity of lower-density spaces. 

Q: What if I filled out the Housing Interest Form, but my plans have changed?

A. Please resubmit the form here prior to May 26th with the updated information/changes. 

Q: Is all of this information finalized?

A: Delivery of these programs (Housing, amenities, etc.) may change based upon County and State health requirements. We are committed to keeping our residents and staff engaged and safe.

Q: Will there still be Resident Advisors and support staff in Fall 2020?

A: Yes, we will still have live-on Resident Advisors and Resident Directors who will continue to support the comfort and well-being of all residents, and will be available to address any questions or concerns that may come up.

Q: Will there still be social programs and events for residents?

A: Yes, our staff will continue to host opportunities for residents to safely socialize and build community in the residential communities. Due to restrictions, these programs may look a little differently; taking place virtually or in small groups where residents can practice social distancing. 


Housing Tours Suspended

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all tours of the QUAD and the UVA until further notice. We have video tours of all layouts of our apartments available on our Instagram (@CSUSMHousing) and are working diligently to create a digital tour of our properties. Additionally, our office remains open and our staff are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Our office hours remain as normally scheduled. We look forward to welcoming you home!

Visit Our Housing FAQs and CSUSM's COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.  

Dining and Meal Plan Update

Plans for the CSUSM Dining Hall and required meal plan have been postponed. While the facility and meal plan will not be available for fall semester, information on available CSUSM dining options this fall are available here.

We look forward to working closely with our campus community as we consider how we can best meet the needs of our students.

If you have questions or concerns, contact

COVID-19 Update

An email was sent to all residents (via their CSUSM email) and their Guarantors on Thursday, March 12th regarding Housing-specific information on CSUSM's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check your CSUSM email for more information regarding your License Agreement for the remainder of the 19-20 Academic Year.

If you are looking for the Termination Request Form or the Housing Intent Form, please see our Forms & Information page.

Visit Our Housing FAQs and CSUSM's COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.  

Apply For Fall 2020 Housing

We are now Licensing students for the 2020-2021 Academic Year; we can't wait to welcome you! Apply today!


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