Living on campus can be a rewarding experience for new students. We hope you will choose to come live with us. At Sonoma State University, we offer a variety of living areas that will assist you with your transition, enhance your residential experience and promote a community atmosphere. Below is a brief description of how the application and contracting process works at Sonoma State University for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 cycle. To improve your chances of getting your first preference, please complete the process early. To read more about our the type of living areas and acommodations SSU offers, go to our Housing Options webpage.

Important Notice About Campus Housing Space

SSU guarantees campus housing to newly admitted first-time freshman if they pay their deposits by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. Incoming transfers are not guaranteed campus housing. SSU does not have a live-on requirement for newly admitted students. Offers for campus housing are emailed on a first come, first serve basis to those students who have made all required University deposits (ERD, Housing) as long as space is still available. Housing assignments are determined by the date of when you complete your online contract and select your living area.

Housing Process for New Incoming Students

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. 

STEP 2 - Make a Housing Down Payment

Once you have been admitted, you will be eligible to make your Enrollment Reservation Deposit (secures your space for classes) and Housing Down Payment. You will also sign up for Orientation. Specific instructions will be available when you are admitted to the University. We anticipate demand for campus housing exceeding availability for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 so purchase your package early.

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”. First Time Freshmen will want to purchase Package 1 which is $350 (ERD $50 and Housing $300). Transfer students can purchase Package 5 which is $385 (ERD $50; Orientation $35; and Housing $300). Residential Education and Campus Housing (REACH) does not offer space to admitted students unless they have paid the ERD and Orientation deposits as well.

By making the $300 Housing Down Payment, you are making yourself eligible for a housing offer. All students will pay the $300 regardless of your financial aid situation. If you are unable to pay the reservation deposits at this time, you may request a Hardship Deferment which reduces the initial payment. More information is available on the Hardship Deferment form regarding eligibility, payment specifics, and instructions.

Cancellation Refund Policy: The Student Housing Down Payment is 50% refundable once the payment is made if requested in writing by June 15, 2020; 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 October for the Spring semester. Weekly mailings are done thereafter.