How to Apply

Your Home Next Year Awaits . . .

We're so excited you've chosen to apply to live on campus at Sonoma State. Research for the past 70+ years highlights the benefits of living on campus, such as students are more likely to receive higher GPAs, graduate on time and have less debt. This is all because living on campus allows you to be close to EVERYTHING, all the time.

Below is a brief description of how the application process works for the Spring 2020 semester. To improve your chances of getting your first preference, please complete the process early. To learn more about the options available to you, please visit our Housing Options webpage.

STEP 1 - Apply and Be Accepted (if new to Sonoma State)

Apply to be a student at Sonoma State University.

SSU will inform you of your admission status. Once you declare your intent to attend, you are then eligible to apply for housing.

STEP 2 - Commit to Attending SSU

Log into SSU Online Services and go to your “MySSU”. From there you will go to Self-Service >Admissions >Application Status.

You will then click on the “Accept/Decline” button two times before reaching the green “Pay Deposit”.

  • Transfer students (domestic and international degree-seeking students) will select "General Transfer Student" which is $235 ($200 Enrollment Deposit and $35 Orientation Fee).
  • National/International Student Exchange students will be contacted with instructions on how to apply.


STEP 3 - Receive On-Campus Housing Offer

1-2 business days after you have accepted your admission to SSU, you will be able to access the ResidentWeb (housing portal).  Here you will answer a questionnaire, accept the student housing license agreement and make a $300 Housing Down Payment (which is applied to your total semester housing charges). All students interested in living on campus must pay the $300 Housing Down Payment. If you are unable to pay the down payment, you may request a Hardship Deferment which reduces the initial payment and the remaining balance will be on your student account.

Cancellation Refund Policy

The Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable once the payment is made if requested in writing by December 15, 2019; non-refundable thereafter. Email your refund request to

STEP 4 - Receive Your Assignment

You will receive your housing assignment in early December via your SSU email address. This assignment notification will contain your:

  • Village
  • Building
  • Community (if applicable)
  • Room type
  • Roommate contact information (for all students living in your suite or apartment)
  • Mailing address
  • Move-in information