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Residence Hall Information 

Q. How many students live in the residence halls?
Q. How are the rooms furnished?
Q. Are there computer connections in the rooms?
Q. What amenities are available in the hall?
Q. Is there recycling in the residence halls?
Q. Are the halls co-ed? What about bathroom and laundry facilities?
Q. How much does it cost to live on campus?
Q. Are residence hall tours offered?
Q. I have a vehicle. Where can I park?

Community Living

Q. What is Community Living?
Q. When will I know what hall I live in and who my roommate will be?
Q. How are roommates assigned?
Q. What happens if I want a different room or roommate?
Q. What are the policies concerning alcohol?
Q. What are the policies concerning smoking?
Q. What about personal safety issues and the safety of my property?

Food Service

Q. How does the meal plan work?

Application Process

Q. How to apply?
Q. When is my housing payment due?
Q. If I can't make the June 16 payment, what are my options?

HOUSING LOCATION AND INFORMATION

Q. What are the hours of operation for Housing and Residential Life?
Q. Where is the Housing office located?
Q. When do the halls open?
Q. When do the halls close?
Q. Is housing available for students winter break? 

Sacramento Community

Q. What can I do for fun in Sacramento?
Q. What if I choose not to live on campus?


RESIDENCE HALL INFORMATION

Q. How many students live in the residence halls?

A. Sacramento State’s housing complex accommodates nearly 1700 students and consists of five three-story residence halls and one four-story apartment-style suite building.

Sacramento State’s Apartment-style suite building primarily houses students who have sophomore or above class-level status, and eligible first year students who are 20 years or older or have completed at least 22 units by the time they move on to campus.

Q. How are the rooms furnished?

A. Each room is furnished with extra-long twin beds (80") which may be bunked if desired, desk and chair, closet/wardrobe, trash and recycle containers, and carpet and window coverings.

Q. Are there computer connections in the rooms?

A. Wi-Fi is available throughout the housing complex.  In addition, there is one data hook-up for each resident in a room. The University provides a direct data line from your residence hall room to the networked computing resources at Sacramento State as well as the Internet at no additional charge. Ethernet connection allows you to get high-speed access to these networked resources without a modem connection.

Q. What amenities are available in the hall?

A. Each hall has a lounge, study rooms, kitchen, and recreation room complete with pool table, ping pong, vending machines, and a TV. Each hall operates a central desk where mail, recreational equipment, and cleaning supplies are distributed. Mail boxes for residents are located in each individual hall. Hornet Cinema provides licensed Hollywood movies.  Satellite TV service provides over 120 channels of programming - All at no additional cost.

Q. Is there recycling in the residence halls?

A. Yes. Each hall has recycling bins located behind the building. Paper, cardboard, bottles and cans can all be recycled. E-waste is also accepted.  Residents are encouraged to recycle whenever possible.

Q. Are the halls co-ed? What about bathroom and laundry facilities?

A. All of the five residence halls are coed. Desmond, Sierra and Sutter Halls are coed by alternate room on each floor with male and female bathroom facilities. Draper and Jenkins Halls have men and women on separate corridors of each floor with separate bath facilities. Laundry facilities (card operated) are available in each building.  The American River Courtyard is co-ed by suite with bathrooms inside of each suite.

Q. How much does it cost to live on campus?

A. Cost will vary according to the room type assignment and the selected meal plan.  Please refer to the cost and payment plan document located on the housing website at www.csus.edu/housing

Q. Are residence hall tours offered?

A. Housing Ambassadors are available Monday-Friday at 10:45am and 2:15pm to give tours of the Residence Halls.  Tours are available on selected Saturdays by contacting Admissions and Outreach.

Q. I have a vehicle. Where can I park?

A. All Sacramento State students who wish to park on campus must purchase a parking permit. Residence Hall parking permits are issued to persons who live in the Residence Hall complex. Residence Hall parking permits are valid in the Residence Hall lot, Lot 2 student section, Lot 10, Lot 14 and Parking Structure 4. The decal should be obtained at the University Transportation and Parking Office when you move into the halls. This office is located in Folsom Hall. (916) 278-7275 or visit their website: http://www.csus.edu/aba/utaps/ - University Transportation and Parking

COMMUNITY LIVING

Q. What is Community Living?

A. The community begins to develop the minute students arrive! Why? Because students are a very important part of the residence hall community. The kind of involvement and the interaction that takes place between students and the other residents determines the direction that the environment takes. With this support, the community environment has the potential to be a support network for each student in their academic excellence, and can provide a sense of social maturity, a sense of belonging, and self-understanding. In other words, learning does not only take place in a classroom, but also in the Residence Halls. Community Living will is one of many great college experiences students will cherish.

Q. When will I know what hall I live in and who my roommate will be?

A. New residents arriving for Fall semester that have applied by the stated deadline will have an opportunity to participate in the room/roommate self-selection process. If applying after the stated deadline, students will be automatically assigned and notifications will be emailed to residents via their SacLink (campus) email account by early August. New residents arriving for Spring semester will receive their notification in January. The University assigns roommates without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or physical ability.

Q. How are roommates assigned?

A. Room assignments are based on the information you supply when you turn in your License Agreement. Staff assigned to each hall review your information and assign roommates based on that criteria. Considerable effort is made to honor specific requests and to meet individual needs when making room and roommate assignments. However, heavy demands for specific halls sometimes make it impossible to satisfy all individual requests. This University assigns roommates without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or physical limitation.

Q. What happens if I want a different room or roommate?

A. Sharing a room can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of living on campus. Recognize that adjusting to a roommate takes a great deal of compromise and negotiation. The key to making a roommate relationship work is to discuss each other's likes and dislikes and to come to some agreements. Room changes can be requested but are not always available. The professional staff will work with the residents to ease the transition when necessary.

 Q. What are the policies concerning alcohol?

A. The use of alcoholic beverages by students age 21 and over is an individual decision. Drinking of alcoholic beverages is permissible only in student rooms with the door closed, as long as there is no violation of Civil Law, Trustee regulations, or University and residence hall rules.

It is a violation of state law for persons under the age of 21 to possess or use alcoholic beverages. Residents under 21 are prohibited from transporting, possessing, or consuming alcoholic beverages in all of the residence halls. It is also a violation of state law to furnish alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age. Violation of any alcohol beverage law is prohibited in California State University, Sacramento residence halls.

Q. What are the policies concerning smoking?

A. It is against state law to smoke inside a public building, thus all public areas and student rooms are designated as "no smoking." The Residence Halls also prohibit any open flames, so the burning of candles, incense, matches, etc. is not allowed.

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Q. What about personal safety issues and the safety of my property?

A. The Sacramento State campus community strives to provide a safe and secure environment for its students, employees and visitors. Residents are expected to assist in maintaining a safe environment within the residence hall complex. If safety and security issues arise, students should report these concerns to a member of the Residence Hall staff or to the University Police. For those students living on campus, each residence hall has a computerized access system that controls all exterior doors. Each resident is issued an access card for admittance to the building as well as a key to their room. Students are asked not to admit non-residents who are not their guests. This practice helps to ensure safety and security of the hall community. Students will be held responsible for their invited guests. In addition to University Police Community Service Officers (CSOs) patrol our parking lot, exterior building areas and grounds each evening and are there to assist University Police if necessary. Hall staff also provide a variety of programs throughout the academic year on matters of personal safety and precautionary tactics.

Residents are responsible for the security of their personal property, and it is recommended that room doors remain locked at all times when the residents are not present. Insurance on personal property is also recommended to help guard against financial loss. (Check to see if your family's home owners policy covers you while at school.)

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Sacramento has made crime reporting statistics available on-line at www.csus.edu/police/srtkrpt.html. Printed copies are available in the Library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

FOOD SERVICE/MEAL PLAN

Q. How does the meal plan work?

A. Students residing in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. A centrally located Dining Commons provides meal service seven days a week. Residents may choose either Plan A (an average of 10 meals per week), plus applicable flex cash or Plan B (an average of 15 meals per week), plus applicable flex cash. Plan C (an average of 8 meals per week) does not include flex cash.  Meal Plan C is available to residents with Junior or Senior class status who live in the American River Courtyard. 

Meal cards are issued to each resident with a number of meal credits allotted based on the selected meal plan. Flex dollars paid into meal plan can be redeemed at designated food service venues on campus. Additional meal credits and Flex cash may be purchased to supplement either meal plan. Please note that unused meal credits and Flex cash do not roll over at the end of the semesters and are not refundable.

HOW TO APPLY

Q. How to apply?

A. You can complete your application online! Materials for the upcoming academic year applicants are usually made available in March and materials for Spring Only applicants are normally made available in November. 

How to log in to the online application portal

  • Go to the MySacState Portal at www.csus.edu.  Click on the MySacState link at top of page and log in using SacLink Username and Password.
  • Once logged in, click on the Student Services Tab.
  • Under Related Links section, click on MyHousing to go to the online Housing Application.

For additional information, you may visit the housing website at www.csus.edu/housing.

Q.  When is my housing payment due?

A.  Student that apply for housing must by the $175.00 fee in order to complete the application process.  The payment schedule is

June 16, September 5, October 5, November 5, February 5, March 5, April 5.  Specific amounts due will depend on room style assignment and meal plan choice.  Payment schedule and cost breakdown is available on the housing website at www.csus.edu/housing.

Q.  If I can’t make the June 16 payment, what are my options?

A.  Students on financial aid and meet the requirements for a housing deferment, can complete the online form request for the June payment.  The information is available on the housing website at www.csus.edu/housing.  Please look under Resources & Forms for the Deferment Request Form.

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HOUSING LOCATION AND INFORMATION

Q. What are the hours of operation for Housing and Residential Life?

A.  During the academic year, our office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  During the summer months late May to late August, our office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Q. Where is the Housing office located?

A.  Housing is located in the residence hall complex at the north side of campus.  Office is located in Sierra Hall.

Q. How can I contact Housing?

A. You can email us directly at housing@csus.edu , by phone at 916.278.6655, or visit our website at www.csus.edu/housing.

Q. Are residence hall tours offered?

A. Housing Ambassadors are available Monday-Friday at 10:45am and 2:15pm to give tours of the Residence Halls.  Tours are available on selected Saturdays by contacting Admissions and Outreach.

Q. When do the halls open?

A.  The residence hall will open on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. for the start of the fall semester.  For Spring 2015, the halls will open on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Q.  When do the halls close?

A.  The halls close twice a year.  We close on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. for Fall Semester and Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. for the spring.

Q.  Is housing available for students winter break?

A.  Students who need housing for winter intersession are encouraged to select a room in Sierra Hall or the American River Courtyard.  You need to meet the eligibility requirement if you select the American River Courtyard.  Winter intersession housing is available from January 4 to January 23, 2015. An additional rental fee of $380 will be assessed for winter break stays.  Please be aware that no meal service is available during this time.  All other halls are closed from December 19, 2014 until Friday, January 23, 2015.

SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY

Q. What can I do for fun in Sacramento?

A. Besides all the programs and social activities that will be put on by the live-in staff, Residence Hall Association (RHA), and Programming Assistants, there are games, pool equipment, and ping pong equipment that can be checked out at the desk during desk hours. Campus life is plentiful with student activities' programs, UNIQUE programs, intramural sports and student government (Associated Students, Inc.). The intercollegiate athletic program at Sac State is one of the fastest growing in northern California. Year round, you can count on NCAA Division I competitions. California State University, Sacramento is also minutes away from many interesting things to do which include shopping at Arden Fair Mall, the Kings and Monarchs at Arco Arena, the River Cats at Raley Field, the State Capitol, the California State Railroad Museum, the Crocker Art Museum and the Sacramento Convention Center.