Campus Life

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The campus police force is composed of 21 sworn officers who receive the same training as city and county peace officers throughout the state. Campus police patrol the campus and surrounding area 24 hours per day, and maintain a 24-hour police dispatch center.

University Police can assist students with emergencies and non-emergencies (dead car batteries, vehicle lock-outs and other services) on a walk-in basis, 24 hours per day. 

In an emergency, you can use any phone on campus to dial 911; to reach the campus police dispatch directly for emergency or non-emergency matters, call (916) 278-6851.

Encourage your son or daughter to program the Sacramento State non-emergency number into his or her cell phone. (If a student calls 911 from a cell phone while on campus, the call will be routed to Sacramento-area 911 dispatch, which may take longer to respond than University Police.)

Visit the Campus Police Website to learn more, or to access the campus public log of reported crimes.

CSUS Shuttle

Students have a variety of options to get around on and off campus.

On Campus
Remind your son or daughter to visit the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) website to:

  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Rent a Zipcar
  • Pay a parking ticket
  • Check the Hornet Shuttle schedule
  • Explore alternative commute choices for getting to Sacramento State and around campus

Off Campus
Some Sacramento neighborhoods are walkable; others are better suited to driving. Regardless of where your son or daughter lives, there are many public transportation options available. Sacramento State students can get a FREE commuter pass that is valid on Sacramento Regional Transit. Students can visit the Sacramento Regional Transit website to find the routes and methods that work best for his or her individual needs.

Whether on or off campus, a student’s choice of where to live is an important one that will shape his or her day-to-day experiences at Sacramento State. Ask your son or daughter to consider living on campus. Research shows that students who do so have higher graduation rates than students who do not, and students who live on campus report feeling more connected to the university. For more information visit  Housing and Residential Life's Parent and Family Webpage .

On Campus Housing    

Sacramento State has six coed residence halls on campus. In addition to immediate access to campus resources, students who live on campus participate in a campus meal plan and may eat at the Dining Commons near the residence halls or at other eateries around campus. Each residence hall has:

  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Computer labs
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Security cameras
  • Electronic front door access
  • Customer service desks
  • Community kitchens
  • Cable TV with free streaming movies
  • Recreational areas, and much more

Find out which residence hall is right for your son or daughter here


Off Campus  

Sacramento State works with Upper Eastside Lofts, an auxiliary corporation that partners with the University, to offer affordable off-campus housing that is within walking distance of the campus. There are also many non-campus-affiliated apartments nearby with convenient access to the University.

View the Upper Eastside Lofts website here .

Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) offers a wide range of support services and accommodations for students in order to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals.  Working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administrators, SSWD provides consultation and serves as the information resource on disability related issues to the campus community. For more information, click here.

Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) offers:

  • Urgent care
  • Primary care
  • Preventive services
  • Wellness education
  • Mental health and counseling services

SHCS is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. All currently enrolled students at Sacramento State are eligible for services at SHCS. Some fees may apply to specialty services, procedures, vaccines, and supplies. Any services provided off campus are the financial responsibility of the student. For a full list of services, please visit the SHCS website.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services helps students cope with stress or troubling personal problems that may interfere with academic life. Everyday problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and grief and loss can make it difficult to concentrate on coursework and can hinder academic progress. For more information, please visit Counseling and Psychological Services Website.

Smartphone Services: HornetMD

HornetMD is a smartphone application supplied by SHCS that provides a symptom checker, an audio health library, self-care information and immediate connection to the nurse advice line.

Download the free application here, then add it to your home screen and name it “HornetMD.” 

There are hundreds of groups, clubs, and career and leadership activities on campus. Encourage your son or daughter to join an existing group, or start a club of his or her own. 

Student Organizations & Leadership

Through Student Organizations & Leadership, students have created more than 250 active clubs on campus. This office also administers the Leadership Initiative , a program that exposes students to leadership training, helps them build a network of friends, and is based on leadership models that encourage social understanding and positive change.

Centers of Diversity and Service

Sacramento State supports academic success and celebrates diversity through several service and activity centers:

Encourage your son or daughter to drop by these centers and get connected to the campus community.


The WELL is California’s best integrated collegiate health, fitness and recreation center. It is committed to providing a wide variety of outstanding and cutting-edge programs, services and equipment to the Sacramento State campus, in pursuit of its mission to encourage a habit of lifetime wellness through education, innovation and collaboration. Student Health and Counseling Services, along with Peak Adventures and the WELL Café, are all located in The WELL. Whether your son or daughter is interested in playing in an intramural basketball league, signing up for a white-water rafting trip through Peak Adventures, having a 3-Day Dietary Analysis completed, strengthening his or her rock-climbing skills, or simply looking for a place to get in a workout, The WELL offers wellness opportunities for everyone.

University Union

As Sac State’s “living room,” the University Union is an informal place for students to gather, eat, study and relax. With a number of informal lounge spaces, a games room, an art gallery, an information desk, computer and print stations, music listening rooms, a meditation area, a diverse assortment of food options, a convenience store, meeting locations, a wide variety of events, several campus centers, plus much more … campus life happens here!

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)

ASI facilitates many of the good times and enriching experiences that students can enjoy on and off the Sacramento State campus. As the official governing body of Sacramento State students, ASI:

  • Advocates for students in many University decision-making processes
  • Runs Student Government
  • Offers student employment, internships and scholarships
  • Delivers services such as child care through a children’s center on campus
  • Organizes recreational activities through Peak Adventures and the Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma
  • Manages KSSU student radio
  • Provides safe rides home for students

Peak Adventures

Through Peak Adventures, students can enjoy the nature and landscape of Northern California. Rafting on the American River, mountain biking, camping, backpacking, hiking, and snow trips are just some of the activities available.

Aquatic Center

The Sacramento State Aquatic Center facilitates student access to Lake Natoma through a cooperative agreement among ASI, Sacramento State, the University Union, the California Department of Boating and Waterways, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The facility occupies eight acres and features:

  • A beach area
  • Picnic tables
  • Barbeques
  • Four docks
  • Classrooms
  • Parking

At the Aquatic Center, students can water ski, wakeboard, sail, jet ski, windsurf, kayak, canoe, or join a competitive rowing or crew team. Equipment rentals are available.