California State University - San Marcos

CSU San Marcos student accommodation

Accommodation at California State University San Marcos

Would you like to study at California State University San Marcos, but don't you know where to live? Don't worry! We will guide you, tell you where you can live as a student in San Marcos and inform you about what campus life is like.

Student accommodation in San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) offers well-equipped accommodation options and works closely with a number of providers. You can live with fellow students in a student housing facility, or you can decide for private rental or a homestay if you would like to live with an American family. You can choose between the following accommodation options:

On-campus housing California State University San Marcos

CSUSM offers two options for on-campus housing: the University Village Apartments (UVA) and the QUAD. Both are modern on-campus apartments designed exclusively for students attending California State University San Marcos. UVA offers a 9 or 12-month lease. The Quad only offers 12-month leases for students commencing in the Fall semester. We advise you to apply early, since the on-campus housing fills up many months before each semester.

The QUAD features fully-furnished apartments, a state-of-the-art game cave, a modern fitness center and a resort-style pool. Students can either share a bedroom, or have a private room (a lot more expensive). University Village Apartments is a bit older but also has all the facilities you need…and more. These include a resort style pool, cycling room, cardio center, fire pit, game room & much more. Meet new friends or hang out with old ones at our social events! Both are in walking distance from campus. A lot of social events are arranged at both locations.

It is recommended that first year international students who will be doing a full degree at CSUSM stay on campus to begin with. This will make the transition a lot easier and it is the perfect way to meet new friends and get involved in the student community. If you are coming to CSU San Marcos for just one semester it might be a good idea to consider living with a homestay family or in private accommodation. Leases for on campus housing are usually for a full academic year and one semester leases are only available by exception.

Homestay with an American family

Living with an American family in homestay is one of the best ways to learn about American culture and customs. Many students choose homestay for their first semester at the CSUSM.

Off-Campus Housing - living on your own

If you prefer to find private accommodation with other students, the San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, and Vista communities near CSUSM offer many reasonably priced apartments. The following site may be useful in your search for off-campus housing, apartments and room rentals: 

Apartment Guide 

Our study advisors will be happy to give you more information about the different housing options.

Campus California State University San Marcos

De CSUSM-campus is located in San Marcos, a small and safe suburban city in the beautiful southern California, about 50 kilometers north of downtown San Diego and 150 kilometers south of Los Angeles. It is a small, friendly campus surrounded by rolling hills and scenic views. 

Csusm Campus Panorama
CSU San Marcos campus

The campus has many facilities available to students, including a modern library, computer rooms, a language laboratory, a dining hall, and a student health center and is conveniently located within walking distance to grocery stores, dining/restaurants, medical facilities, pharmacy, etc.

Campus life at CSUSM

CSUSM has around 14,000 students, including 500 international students from 45 different countries. The population of the region is a mixture of cultures from around the world. As an international student you can easily find international groups, restaurants, and food markets that will make you feel at home in southern California.

One of the best ways to expand your social contacts and circle of friends is to join one of the many student clubs and to participate in extra-curricular activities. CSUSM offers 13 men’s and women’s divisional sports and over 100 social, educational and recreational student clubs and organizations, including the International Club.

Csusm Track Field
CSUSM track field 

Csucm O Team
CSUSM Orientation team

Read more about student life at CSUSM in San Marcos here.

Transport from campus to the city

Getting around in San Marcos is quite easy. Public transport is well organized. A modern light-rail service, the Sprinter, which connects to bus and train routes throughout San Diego County is available with regularly scheduled stops on campus. This allows you easy access to travel throughout California and interconnect to a nationwide train service that travels throughout the US. As a student at CSUSM you get discounted rail passes.

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