Freshman On-Campus Housing Requirement

All admitted first-time freshmen who graduated from a high school outside a 30 mile radius of SJSU will be required to live on campus for their first year. The sooner you submit your completed License Agreement and initial housing payment, the greater your chance of receiving your hall preference. Applications for campus housing are accepted anytime during the year.  Act early as housing fills quickly!

New Academic Year 2019/2020 applicants who submit online license materials, the non-refundable $50 application fee, and an initial housing payment by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 will have the ability to establish a Housing Installment Payment Plan with four installments (the number of payments decreases if submitted after Wednesday, May 1, 2019).

License materials and an initial housing payment are due for new Academic Year 2019/2020 applicants by Wednesday, May 1, 2019. University Housing Services will continue to accept license materials and payments throughout the year until all spaces are filled. To meet the Freshman On-Campus Housing Requirement, all first-time freshmen must submit the following before May 1, 2019 to University Housing Services:

1. A completed online Housing application

2. A $50 non-refundable application fee

3. Online license materials

4. An initial housing payment

Please note that residence at the SJSU International House meets the on-campus housing requirement for first time freshman. Please visit for more information.

On Campus Housing Deadline for All Students

All students who wish to live on campus must submit the following before May 1, 2019:

1. A completed online Housing application

2. A $50 non-refundable application fee

3. Online license materials

4. An initial housing payment

Students who are not required to live on campus will be given housing assignments based on availability and completed application date.

Are there exceptions to the housing requirement?

Yes, if you are a graduate from a high school located in one of the following cities within a 30 mile radius of 95192 you are exempt from the SJSU on-campus housing requirement.





  Ben Lomond

  Boulder Creek




  Castro Valley










  Holy City

  La Honda


  Loma Mar

  Los Altos

  Los Gatos

  Menlo Park


  Morgan Hill

  Mount Hamilton

  Mount Hermon

  Mountain View

  New Almaden


  Palo Alto



  Portola Valley

  Redwood City

  Redwood Estates

  San Carlos

  San Gregorio

  San José

  San Leandro

  San Lorenzo

  San Martin

  San Mateo

  San Ramon

  Santa Clara

  Santa Cruz


  Scotts Valley





  Union City



Are there any other exceptions?

Exceptions are limited and documentation will be required. Appeals for exceptions to the housing requirement will be reviewed after admission.

Examples include:

Age 21 or older on the first day of classes for the Fall 2019 semester

Independent (as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid: FAFSA)

Current active military or U.S. military veteran status

Married/Domestic partnership and/or with legally dependent children

Financial hardship, as defined by the following steps:

-If eligible to apply, you must have applied for Financial Aid

-You must have unmet financial need or need met only with unsubsidized loans. Financial need is defined as the calculated Cost of Attendance (including the proposed Housing Plan) minus the Expected Family Contribution (as defined by the U.S. Education's Federal Methodology Calculation, calculated via the FAFSA).

Other: Demonstrated special circumstances which would create a substantial hardship and cannot be remedied by alternative means.

How will I know if I have enough financial aid for Housing?

If you plan to live on campus and will need financial assistance to do so, you must apply for financial aid early.  For more information regarding Financial Aid please go to,