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Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It is pretty pricy, but the good part is they are slowly renovating most of the dorm facilities.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is the best decision. Not only are you closer to your classes, but you're closer to all your friends as well. The buildings are very big and house tons of students, but it's fun getting to know people from the different floors. All the buildings have a pool that they share and are somewhat close to food places so it is a well-rounded atmosphere.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I honestly love the campus housing that I am currently staying at because the people here are so eager to meet new individuals. Just recently, we threw this one girl on our floor a surprise birthday celebration and she was so happy because she is actually from another country so she was so overwhelmed with joy because she didn't think that we would do something like this for her. That whole night, almost the entire floor spent the late hours playing Heads-Up and I think that was one of the best experiences I've had so far with the dorm social life.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the dorms so my living arrangements are in a suite with 8 other people. All of us get along pretty well however everyone else on the floor is in their own suites so we don't get to meet our neighbors as often. Still a fulfilling and worthwhile experience to be living independently as well as cooperatively with people you have just met.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I loved it for the social life. However, the room was very cramped. There were 3 people in about a 12' by 15'. I also did not agree that a triple in my small building cost the same amount as a triple in the 'suites' housing.

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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
4,135
Average Housing Costs
$7,352
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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