Helpful Information for Current Residents
Helpful Information for Future Residents
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply for housing? I'm looking for the Fall 2018.

Applications are now available! You can begin you application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of this page. Please keep in mind you must have submitted your intent to enroll to CSUSM prior to applying. To view all the steps of housing up to move in day, please see the housing checklist.

Are the prices per person or split between everyone in the apartment?

The costs are per person, as we offer individual license agreements. This means the resident is only responsible for their license agreement. This is beneficial to our residents because they don't have to worry about their roommate(s) paying their rent on time, moving out in the middle of the year, etc. Our residents are only responsible for their contract and their payments.

What day is move-in?

Move-in day at the UVA is Friday, August 24, 2018. Residents will receive more information regarding move-in day, such as roommates and what time to arrive in August. Please see the Housing Checklist for exact dates and deadlines.

Is there parking at the UVA?

All parking is enforced through campus. Residents can park overnight in Lot O and in the parking structure. The price for the general student parking permit for a semester is $338 and for the academic year is $643. You can purchase your parking permit through your MyCSUSM account or at Parking and Commuter Services. You will need your license plate number, along with your make and model of your vehicle at the time of purchase.

If you are visiting a resident, you will need to purchase a parking permit. The nearest parking machines are located in lots K (the parking lot next to UPD) and N (the parking lot next to the parking structure). The permit costs are: $9 for all day, $6 for four hours, and $4 for 2 hours.

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Should I bring a handcart or do you provide them on move-in day?

The UVA will be providing push carts for move-in day. There will be a limited amount, so we recommend bringing your own if you have one just in case if there isn't one immediately available when you arrive. If you move in early, we will not have any push carts available.

I want to bring my own furniture. Is that allowed?

UVA does not restrict residents from bringing additional furniture items, however, existing furniture cannot be removed from apartments. If you are bringing additional furniture, make sure you have enough room for all of your belongings. Also, it is encouraged to discuss any furniture purchases or thoughts on bringing additional furniture with your roommates. Remember, you all have to share the space.

I can't arrive on move-in day.  Is it alright if I move-in on Saturday or Sunday?

Yes, you can arrive anytime after move-in day. Just email us at to let us know so we know when to expect you.

Are there meal plans?

UVA does not provide meal plans, as the apartments have a full kitchen, including a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and dish washer. The closest grocery store, Ralph’s, is a 10 minute walk from UVA. For more information on on-campus dining, please click here.

Can I stay on campus during holiday breaks?

Yes, UVA is apartment style student housing, so students are not required to leave. We ask residents to let their RA's know if they will be staying during Winter Break in case of an emergency.

What will my mailing address be?

Resident's First and Last Name
305 Campus View Drive #UNIT
San Marcos, CA  92078

Residents will receive their unit number on move-in day. If a resident needs to ship something to UVA prior to move-in, they may leave their unit number off of the address. Residents must add their unit number to all mail after move-in day.

How do I pick my roommates?

Residents can choose their roommates with RoomSync. RoomSync is an app through Facebook where you can view other residents' profiles and choose one another to live with. Click here to view a video on how it works. Residents must have a Facebook account in order to use the program. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can either create one or you will not be able to choose your roommates. Roommate assignments will be decided by housing staff based on availability. Residents will receive a link to join RoomSync in their confirmation email from housing within a week from being countersigned. We do not advise to sign up for RoomSync on your own directly with RoomSync. Only use the links provided in your confirmation email. The link is specific to the resident and cannot be forwarded. The deadline to select roommates is July 1, 2018.

How do the payments work?

We offer three different payment plans for the license amount: a payment in full, two equal semester payments, and eight equal installments. All of the payment options are based on the total license amount. The first installment for all payment plan options, is due August 1, 2018. The $300 administrative fee does not go towards the first installment, as the administrative fee is a separate processing fee. Residents and guarantors can pay online using their Resident Portal. If payment is not received by the due date or within the five day grace period, the resident will be assessed a late fee of $50 on the 6th of the month.

What if I'm depending on Financial Aid to cover my housing costs?

The UVA offers a housing installment extension for the first (August) and fifth (January) installments. Residents who would like an extension can submit the form by clicking here. Please keep in mind only those who have reserved spaces can complete the form. Late fees for the first installment will be waived, however, late fees for the fifth (January 2019) installment will not be waived.

What do I need to bring?

We have a list of suggested items to bring here, however, it is recommended to speak with all roommates to coordinate who is going to bring what so you don't show up on move-in day with five toasters and three vacuums. UVA does have a Paw Print printing system on property, so purchasing and bring a printer is not required. More information on CSUSM's Paw Print printing system can be found here.

What do I do for housing if I'm an international student?

Any international students who do not have housing reserved on-campus must confirm their own housing before arriving. It is strongly recommended that students new to the U.S. apply for U.S. Homestay. Those details and other housing information is found at the Global Programs and Services website here. Any further questions can be directed to the following emails: ALCI International Students: OR Global Education International Students:
Have additional questions? Please contact us at or (760) 750-3711.