Housing + Residential Life

Spring 2018 Housing Priority Deadline | December 1

Fall 2018 Housing Priority Deadline | May 1


If you plan to live in SFAI housing, please submit the Tuition Deposit, which confirms your intent to enroll in SFAI, before completing the Housing Application. Applications will continue to be accepted after the Priority Deadline while space remains available.

SFAI Housing

Be immersed in a community of artists, connect with classmates, and participate in events organized by the Resident Advisors at our two residence halls: Abby Hall and Sutter Hall. As a supportive place to learn and grow your practice outside of the classroom, you’ll love the central location and the ease of access to our resources and services.

Most incoming undergraduate students live in our residence halls, although housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students alike in Abby Hall, which caters specifically to transfer and graduate students.

Schedule a tour, available on Monday, Thursday, or Friday from 12–1 pm, by contacting the Admissions Office at 415.749.4500 or admissions@sfai.edu.

For questions or concerns regarding housing, contact us at 415.351.3556 or at housing@sfai.edu.

New Student Residency

All new undergraduate students are required to live in campus housing during their first academic year.

Exceptions to the New Student Residency Requirement:

  • Student is 20 or older
  • Student is married and/or has dependents
  • Student has a documented medical reason why they cannot live in the residence halls
  • Student lives with parents within 30-mile radius of SFAI
  • Student is a former member of the U.S. military

If you are a new undergraduate student who does not wish to live in campus housing, and you believe that you qualify for one of the above exceptions, please complete the Housing Appeal Form and return it along with all required documentation to the Student Affairs Office at 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133.

Housing Scholarship

The Office of Housing and Residential Life holds intrinsic to its core values, fostering an educational experience that is accessible to all SFAI students regardless of demographic background. In accordance with this, each academic year we offer housing scholarships when availability in the residence halls permits. Housing scholarships range in coverage from partial to full coverage of housing costs, with the exception of the initial housing deposit of $450.  

Housing Scholarship recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Commit to living on campus for the academic year
  • Be in good conduct standing with SFAI
  • Currently hold a 2.0 GPA or higher. Please submit academic circumstance and recovery plan below if you do not meet this requirement.
  • Demonstrate financial hardship through application and FAFSA submission
  • Email FAFSA to housing@sfai.edu with subject line “Housing Scholarship FAFSA” 

Apply for Housing Scholarship Here »

Community Map

Get to know the neighborhood with this interactive map showing local grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants, and more near the residence halls.