Student Housing and Residential Life

CSUMB Student Housing Live-On Requirement

The CSU Monterey Bay campus

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the freshman/sophomore live-on requirement was temporarily waived for the 2021-2022 academic year. The requirement will be reinstated for 2022-2023 academic year. See below for information on the standard academic year live-on requirement.


Live-On Requirement

CSUMB Student Housing offers students a complete living-learning experience, with dedicated, student-led programming, and opportunities to connect with the greater CSUMB community. Student Housing is centrally located and provides easy access to classrooms, several dining options, the campus library, and more. Because of this access, we believe that the on-campus experience is vital to your college success.

In accordance with the CSUMB Student Housing Policy, all full-time first year students and sophomores that do not live in the tri-county area are required to live in on campus housing.


Housing Options

There are multiple housing options available at CSUMB, from residence halls, suites, and even apartments. To view CSUMB housing options, learn about Living-Learning Programs, and take 360º virtual reality tours in each area, visit our housing options page.


Applying for Housing


Live-On Requirement Exemptions

If you wish to be exempt from live-on requirement, and you meet the requirements for exemptions, please fill out Academic Year Required Residency Exception Request Form or contact us at Some common exemptions, include:

  • Currently active or military veterans
  • Married, domestic partner, or have legally dependent children
  • Independent student status for at least a number of years prior to academic year as defined by FAFSA
  • Medical or disability circumstances that cannot be accommodated
  • Age 21 or older by a date prior to academic year
  • Student is to live at permanent address in proximity to the campus with a relative or guardian