Campus Housing

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I believe that the dorm experience is great and should be included for every Freshman just to experience. The quality however is not that great. I lived in Tenochca and it was old and dirty, but I would never change this experience because the people in the building made it an amazing atmosphere to live regardless of how the building was.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: On campus living you'll pretty much run into the same diversity that's on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I loved living in the dorms because it was where I met some of my best friends, it really gives you a sense of community.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Easier access to classes and food. It really helped having a dorm hall full of both guys and girls so that everyone made friends easier. It allows for people to really get to know each other on campus and establish close friendships and even study groups. However, it was expensive simply because on-campus housing didn't allow students to not get the meal plan (which meant that we were always needing to buy food on campus and we couldn't save more money by not having it). That was in 2012, not sure how it is now. On the plus side, it really pushes you out of your comfort zone and really give you a feel for the campus than having to commute.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is expensive and usually only freshman or international students can live in the campus housing but the social atmosphere is good.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 442nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1237th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1281st
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1333rd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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On-campus housing at San Diego State is an area that needs great improvement. While there are other options available for those who do not want to live in the traditional dormitories, those that do end up living in dorms such as Zura and Tenochca are genuinely displeased. Zura Hall is regarded as the worst living option, followed by Tenochca and University Towers. Dormitories at other schools are in much better condition, and the ones currently offered by the Office of Housing Administration are extremely outdated. Currently, there are no plans to renovate the dormitories anytime soon, but hopefully the administration is noticing what other schools are offering and they will soon change their mind. In the meantime, Cuicacalli Suites offer a much more pleasant experience if you are lucky enough to get in and wealthy enough to fork over the extra cash.

Compared to other schools, San Diego State is far behind in the quality of its standard dormitories. The school needs to update its dorms or it risks losing students to other apartment complexes and housing facilities. Even though the quality of these traditional residence halls lags behind, it is still the place you want to be if you're looking to meet lots of new people your first year at school. Living in the dorms is quite an experience, and I think that everyone should do it for a year regardless of the quality of the facilities. Cuicacalli Suites and Piedra Del Sol Apartments offer a much nicer environment, though meeting new people is not as easy as in the traditional residence halls. Overall, the school has a lot of options, and one of them is sure to appeal to you. But even with a variety of living options, campus housing is in need of major improvement.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,969
Average Housing Costs
$6,737
Undergrads Living On Campus
15%
Number of Dormitories
7
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
  • Chapultepec
  • Cuicacalli Suites
  • University Towers
Worst Dorms
  • Tenochca
  • Zura
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Chair
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Hanging closet
  • Local phone calls and voicemail
  • MicroFridge
Also Available
Substance-free living options, special-interest housing
Did You Know?
Each of the residencies on campus carries a name with an ancient Aztec meaning. Chapultepec means "the hill of the grasshopper." Cuicacalli means "the house of song." The Maya and Olmeca halls of the LLC refer to the respective ancient civilizations. Tenochca is synonymous with the Aztec people. Villa Alvarado represents one of the Aztec's "golden cities." Piedra Del Sol literally means "house of the sun." The true meaning of Zura is mysterious with interpretations ranging from a pigeon to a dove.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Chapultepec Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 540
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, super-singles
Special Features: Study lounge, recreation room, TV lounge, community kitchen, laundry facility, recently updated furniture, access to Cuicacalli Suites swimming pool
Cuicacalli Suites
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 686
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: In-house dining facility, convenience store, Aztec Grill, swimming pool, sand volleyball court, extended quiet study, substance-free floors, Honors house
Maya Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Freshmen Living and Learning community, laundry room, study room, recreation room, TV lounge, 24-hour computer lab, community kitchen
Olmeca Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Freshmen Living and Learning community, laundry room, study room, recreation room, TV lounge, community kitchen
Tenochca Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 380
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, super-singles
Special Features: Central TV lounge, community kitchen, laundry facility
University Towers
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 560
Bathrooms: Semi-private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Mini-suites
Special Features: In-house dining facility, swimming pool, private parking
Zura Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 585
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclssmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Multi-purpose room, central lounge, meeting room, community kitchen, laundry facility, and one TV lounge per floor

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Piedra Del Sol Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 66 units
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (2-, 3-, and 4-person)
Special Features: Special Features:Entertainment center with a big screen TV, surround sound stereo and a billiards table, gas barbeque grills and a picnic area in the center courtyard, technology center, hot tub, laundry
University Towers
Floors: 9
Number of Units: 560
Bathrooms: Semi-private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Mini-suites
Special Features: In-house dining facility, swimming pool, private parking
Villa Alvarado Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 90 units
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, transfer students
Room Types: Apartments with two double bedrooms
Special Features: Faculty-in-residence, 10 MB Ethernet connection, local telephone, voicemail and cable services at no additional cost

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