Universities in California

San Francisco State University


University Information

Location: San Francisco, California
Founded: 1899
Undergraduate Students: 25 891
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public research institution
Website: www.sfsu.edu

About the University

San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco StateSF State and SFSU) is a public research university located in San Francisco, California, United States. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different Bachelor’s degrees.

The university’s academic colleges are:

  • Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Health and Social Sciences
  • Science and Engineering

In addition, the university has a College of Extended Learning.

Nearly 300 clubs and organizations help students explore their interests and connect with others. The Associated Students, SF State’s student government, supports a first-class child care program, low-cost health insurance and a legal resource center. In addition, many fraternities and sororities are active on campus.

SF State is an arts and culture center, with hundreds of workshops, guest lectures and exhibits held throughout the year. Events and exhibits feature the work of students and faculty members as well as professionals from outside the University community.

-Excerpt from San Francisco States University’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

As a J-1 exchange student, you are required to purchase the Relation Insurance Plan regardless of any other health insurance you may already have. Confirmation of enrollment may be sent to exchange@sfsu.edu

Cost: $850.00 per semester

Living on-campus:

Limited on-campus housing is available to exchange students. Students interested in on-campus housing must submit their application directly to the university’s Housing Office by the specified deadline. Students may not apply for on-campus housing until they have been accepted into the exchange program and received their Student ID Number. Due to high demand, SF State cannot guarantee on-campus housing assignments. Students are, therefore, encouraged to apply early and be flexible when considering housing options. 

Cost: $11,190-$16,206 per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: SFSU provides a lot of ressources for students wishing to live off-campus.

SF State Off-campus Housing Board

Please note that SF State University Housing does not endorse or recommend any of the websites or information you may find while using the housing board.

 Off Campus Housing Board

Roommate Finders

These websites may help you find a roommate. Please note that SF State University Housing does not endorse or recommend any of the websites or information you may find while using these resources.

Roommate Finder


Apartment Complexes

SF State is adjacent to several apartment complexes. Here’s a list of apartment complexes sorted by distance to the campus, including their contact information and individual Web pages. Please note that SF State University Housing does not endorse or recommend any of the websites or information you may find while using these resources.


Contact: 415 405-4600

3711 19th Ave San Francisco CA 94132
(Approx. 0.2 mi/0.3 km to SF State)

Westlake Village Apartments

Contact: 650-755-1313
331 Park Plaza Drive, Daly City
(Approx. 2.4 mi/3.9 km to SF State)

Lakewood Apartments

Contact: 415-586-0100
515 John Muir Drive, San Francisco
(Approx. 2.9 mi/4.7 km to SF State)

Serra Commons Apartments


Contact: 650-756-1405
1580 Southgate Ave, Daly City
(Approx. 3.4 mi/5.5 km to SF State)

Soma Residences

Contact: 415-864-7368
1045 Mission St, San Francisco
(Approx. 8.6 mi/14 km to SF State)

USA Student Residences

Contact: 415-359-9042
711 Post Street, San Francisco
(Approx. 10.3 mi/16.48 km to SF State)

Paramount Housing

Contact: 415-773-2070
240 O’Farrell St. San Francisco
(Approx. 10.9 mi/17.6 km to SF State)

Villages at Treasure Island

Contact: 415-345-4400
410 Palm Ave. Bldg. 1 Suite 168, San Francisco
(Approx. 12 mi/19 km to SF State)

The average budget per month is: $1,700 -$1,900 

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $12,025.00 per semester or $24,050 for the year.