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SDSU Student Life

SDSU is on a 288-acre campus in an urban setting in San Diego, California. There are many activities and organizations for SDSU students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

SDSU also has fraternities and sororities.

SDSU has a thriving AB Samahan. In fact, more students participate in AB Samahan than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at SDSU include Asian Pacific Student Alliance, Enviro-Business Society, M.E.Ch.A de SDSU and Social fraternities and sororities, including both general and culturally based organizations.

The SDSU community comes together each year for Student Involvement Expo (showcasing student organizations, community service, involvement activities), Welcome Week and Aztec Nights.

SDSU Housing

SDSU offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of SDSU students live on campus. In 2021, 8% of undergrads at SDSU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 92% of students lived off-campus or commuted to SDSU. There are 3,200 spots available in on-campus housing for all 31,086 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 2,341 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

SDSU offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Is SDSU Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

San Diego State University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The SDSU campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

SDSU offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to SDSU

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to SDSU, take Interstate 8 to San Diego, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Lindbergh Field airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore SDSU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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