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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis while space remains available.

Living With a Roommate

The Housing and Residential Life Office assigns roommates based on the information provided on your housing application. Please be honest about your living preferences—the cleanliness of your room, what time you go to bed, your expectations regarding noise—as we do our best to match roommates who are compatible in these areas.

You may already know a specific person who you would like to live with, and you may request to live with them by indicating the preference on your housing application. We make every effort to accommodate the preference when both students request each other.

Regardless of who you share a room with and what your relationship with that person is, it’s important to be honest about your expectations for the living space, and to be respectful of your roommate’s needs. Students in our residence halls come from a variety of socioeconomic, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds, and as a result there are many different expectations of what having a roommate should mean. In order for you to have the best possible experience, it’s important that you begin this honest assessment with your housing application, and that you continue to have open and honest dialogue with your roommate throughout the year.

Roommate Agreement Form

You and your roommate(s) will be given a Roommate Agreement Form for you to review and use. Having an open dialogue about your lifestyle and expectations can sometimes be difficult, and this process is designed to help you start the conversation and staff are available to help facilitate as needed. Here are a few things to consider:

  • How clean do you expect to keep your room?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • Do you prefer an environment that’s quiet or are you comfortable with noise?
  • Where do you intend to study and complete projects?
  • Which of your belongings can and cannot be borrowed?
  • When are visitors welcome in your room? For how long?
  • How much are you willing to share about your personal life?
  • What do you expect from your roommate?
  • How might your behaviors and preferences impact your roommate?
  • How do you intend to solve disputes?
  • How do you behave when you are angry, depressed, stressed, or happy? How do you expect your roommate to behave when you are experiencing any of these emotions?


Gender-Inclusive Housing Option

Our gender-neutral housing option allows you to be considered for roommate pairings outside traditional gender-dependent roommate criteria, and you may share a room with someone who identifies with a different gender than you do. You must select that you would want Gender-Neutral Housing as part of the application in order to be housed with a person with a different gender identity from your own.

We created the gender-neutral housing option in an effort to provide a healthy, inclusive, and welcoming living environment for all of our students. We understand that gender identity can be complex and that the gender identity spectrum not only includes people who identify as male and female, but also those who identify as transgender, FTM, MTF, and gender queer, among others. The traditional gender binary is problematic for many people, and can often force residents to live in a situation that they may not be comfortable in. The gender-neutral housing option offers residents a new and dynamic opportunity to be assigned a roommate with whom they will be comfortable living.

Only students who specifically request to live in gender-neutral housing will be considered for this type of housing. Students who do not wish to be considered for a gender-neutral housing assignment have to select no on the application and will be matched with a roommate following our roommate pairing procedures.

If you have any questions regarding our gender-neutral housing option, please contact us at or 415.351.3556.


Substance-Free Housing Option

Our substance-free housing option allows you to live in a room of individuals who are committed to sobriety. We recognize that there are many reasons why an individual may choose a substance-free room in a residence hall. These reasons may include personal lifestyle preferences, religious beliefs, or lifestyle changes related to recovery. As such, substance-free is a choice that Housing and Residential Life supports and encourages as a way to help students living in the residence halls succeed academically and socially. 

Things to Bring

  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Sheets for a regular twin size bed
  • Blanket, comforter, or bedspread
  • Alarm clock
  • Photo identification
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Bath towels
  • Toiletries

Other items that you may want to bring to the residence hall include:

  • Room decorations—no nails, adhesives, tacks, etc.
  • Computer and printer
  • Money for personal use, checkbook, and credit or debit card
  • Class/art supplies and backpack
  • Mini-vacuum (although vacuums are provided for you in the hall)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket
  • Quarters
  • First aid supplies
  • Cleaning supplies / dish soap
  • Coffee maker
  • Stackable crates
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency Supplies:
  • Books
  • Calculator
  • Postage stamps
  • Clothes hangers
  • Umbrella
  • Sewing kit
  • Tape, scissors, stapler
  • Iron / ironing board
  • Stereo
  • Bicycle
  • Prescription medication (contact a local pharmacy in San Francisco to have prescriptions transferred)

Things to Coordinate with Your Roommate Before Move-In

  • Decorations / wall coverings / posters / etc.
  • Throw rug
  • Coffee maker
  • Radio / stereo / CD player

Things NOT to Bring

A detailed list of prohibited items is provided in your housing application packet. Please read this list carefully to avoid bringing prohibited items into the residence halls.

  • Outside beds / mattresses
  • Mini-refrigerators (these are already provided in the room)
  • Toaster, toaster ovens, electric skillets, hot plates and other open coil appliances, George Foreman grills, or similar appliances (the use of these items is prohibited in individual rooms, and those that are allowed in the building are already provided in the community kitchen).
  • Microwaves (these are already provided in the room)
  • Televisions (these are already provided in the room)
  • Additional desks
  • Candles or incense (open flames are prohibited in the residence halls)
  • Extension cords
  • Outlet splitters
  • Power tools
  • Halogen lamps
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Air conditioner units
  • Electric heaters
  • Fireworks
  • Non UL-listed appliances
  • Alcohol (unless 21 years of age or older)
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Pets (except for licensed service animals for residents with documented disabilities)
  • Cars (SFAI does not provide parking spaces for any residents, and nearby garages are expensive)

Helpful Tips

  • Write down the serial numbers for any electronic devices you bring.
  • Secure your belongings. It is important to lock your door every time you leave your room.
  • Review your insurance. Coverage for items in your room may be included on your parent’s home-owners or renter's insurance. If not, you may want to consider purchasing renter's insurance during your stay in the residence halls
  • Consider your space and limit what you bring. Residential Life does not provide additional storage for large items such as luggage, bikes, and boxes.