FAQ

Before Arrival

To schedule a tour of Abby and Sutter Hall, please reach out to admissions@sfai.edu. Residence hall tours are given at 12:00pm by appointment and meet at Sutter Hall, which is located at 717 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Both residence halls are located in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, just blocks away from popular Union Square. The vibrant downtown location is in close proximity to most SF forms of public transportation, including multiple bus lines, two historic cable car lines and a station that services both BART and the MUNI train.

Abby and Sutter Halls are located at 630 Geary Street and 717 Sutter Street, respectively. They are accessible by most forms of Bay Area public transportation. Street parking in also possible, but can sometime be a challenge because of the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. There also are several pay garages in the neighborhood.

Applying for Housing

The housing application can be found here. The easiest ways to deliver it are to:

  1. Email a PDF to housing@sfai.edu
  2. Mail the application to Housing and Residential Life at 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
  3. Fax the application to 415-749-4517

The priority deadline for fall housing is on June 1. We still accept applications on a rolling basis after that. 

No, but all new undergraduate students are required to live in campus housing during their first academic year. Exceptions to the New Student Residency Requirement include the following: student is twenty or older, student is married and/or has dependents, student lives with family within 30-mile radius of SFAI or the student is a former member of the U.S. military. If you are an incoming student that does not wish to live on campus, 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 Department of Housing and Residential Life. This can be done by either:

  1. Emailing a PDF to housing@sfai.edu
  2. Mailing the application to Housing and Residential Life at 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
  3. Faxing the application to 415-749-4517

While every effort is made to accommodate all students who apply for housing, new undergraduate students receive housing priority. Limited space is available for returning and graduate students. Graduate students who apply for housing will be notified in early July if we can accommodate them.

Traditionally, Abby Hall caters to continuing, transfer and graduate students. In Abby Hall, students live in either double rooms with private or shared bathrooms or single rooms with private or shared bathrooms. One floor in Abby Hall also houses our recovery and substance free themed living learning community. Sutter Hall generally houses our first year students in either double or triple rooms, all with private bathrooms. Both halls have a student staffed front desk to sort mail, answer questions and log package deliveries from 8am–12am. From midnight until 8am, the desks are operated by a professional security officer. Each hall also contains a shared kitchen, lounge space and on site laundry services.

  • Single Room with private bathroom (Abby Hall)—$7,760
  • Single Room with shared bathroom (Abby Hall)—$7,245
  • Double Room with private bathroom (Sutter and Abby Halls)—$6,060
  • Double Room with shared bathroom (Abby Hall)—$5,800
  • Triple Room with private bathroom (Sutter Hall)—$5,340

*These prices include the $600 meal plan.

Our residence halls house folks of all genders. In the housing application, there is a supplemental document that goes over our Gender Inclusive Housing policy. For those students that decide not to fill out the form, they are placed with students that identify as the same gender.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life pays very close attention to the Roommate Match survey in the housing application when matching roommates. Be honest, be yourself and let us see some of your personality shine! It’ll be much easier to find someone complimentary that way! If you have someone in mind that you’re interested in living with- maybe a friend that you’ve known forever or a new connection from an SFAI event, feel free to list them on your housing application. If you both list each other, we will do our very best to ensure that your matched.

Your housing application lasts the entire academic year, with the exception of winter break when the residence halls are closed.

Yes, there is a $50 housing processing fee and a $400 security deposit due at the time of your application.

Yes, all resident students are required to have a $600 Café Cash Meal plan each semester, which is included in the housing costs. The  Café, located on SFAI’s Chestnut Street Campus, serves breakfast, lunch and other light fare from morning to early evening. The menu changes daily and boasts organic, sustainable options.

Housing Assignments and Moving In

Housing assignments are sent via email on July 17.

Move-in is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016. In your housing assignment, you will receive a specific time to move into the halls. Street parking is severely limited, so we ask that you do your best to arrive within your assigned window.

Parking is very tight around the residence halls and we assign times to help mitigate crowds and alleviate stress for incoming students, families and friends. While we highly encourage folks to make it to their assigned time, we understand that other factors may be in play. If you can’t make your assigned time, please alert housing@sfai.edu as soon as you become aware so that we can plan accordingly.

The residence halls are occupied in the summer months with PreCollege students and summer students. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to let students move into the halls. The only students with permission to move in early are our international students, who will receive additional information via email.

We offer a packing list that may be found here.

Our front desks are closed during the summer months, so no one would be able to pick up your packages. Our desks become operational again on move-in day. If you would like to have things shipped, make sure to have them arrive that day or after.

Living in the Residence Halls

We have a variety of different policies that are in place to ensure the safety, security and comfort of our residential students. Those policies may be found on the housing application.

Yes. Residents will be held accountable for the conduct of their guests and must accompany guests at all times in the Residence Hall. Guests are not permitted in common areas or individual rooms unless the Resident is present. Residents must sign-in their guests at the Front Desk before allowing the guest to enter the Hall. All guests must leave photo identification at the Front Desk. Overnight guests must be approved by all roommates, and are permitted to stay no more than three nights per month. The Resident Director and/or the Student Affairs Office reserves the right to alter or revoke this guest policy at any times.

The residence halls are about a mile from the Chestnut Street campus. Many students take public transportation, walk, bicycle or utilize a rideshare service.

All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave.

There are shared kitchens in the common spaces of each hall.

Yes, there are major and local grocery stores in close proximity to the residence halls.

If you are experiencing an urgent maintenance issue, such as a power outage, overflowing toilet or bathtub, major leak or elevator outage with trapped passengers, immediately alert a building staff member. Students should report all non-urgent maintenance concerns by emailing housing@sfai.edu with a detailed description of the problem. After a maintenance request is submitted, a staff member will come to your room to investigate your concern. If you are not at home, the staff member will attend to your request in your absence. Every effort will be made to complete non-urgent matters within two business days of your request. 

While we do our best to ensure compatible roommate pairings, sometimes issues arise. For these situations, we have three resident advisors in each building that are trained in conflict mediation to help find resolution. In our experience, the earlier that a problem is the reported, the easier it is to solve.

Resident advisors are SFAI students trained in a variety of skills, from emergency response to conflict mediation. They work tirelessly to help ensure you have a positive residential experience and to develop a sense of community within the halls.

RAs for the upcoming year are hired in the spring semester. Keep an eye out for postings!

Front Desk Assistants work shifts to help answer questions and support residents from an administrative lens. Front desk positions are advertised on campus and on SFAI’s job board.

No, we don’t have storage available for students during the summer months.

Continuing students have the opportunity to participate in the Housing Lottery process in March of the previous year. Students that don’t participate or select a spot at this time may apply regularly, but priority is given to new undergraduate students.