Fall 2020 Housing

Humboldt State University is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and closely working with, and following stringent guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of California, and Humboldt County health agencies. For campus updates, go to covid19.humboldt.edu.

Housing Assignments

We will still work toward placing all interested students on a first-eligible, first served basis. Once we reach our established occupancy, we will notify students that they have been placed on our waitlist.

Room Accommodations

Every Housing room on-campus for the 2020-2021 Academic Year will be a single room to provide for social distancing in our on-campus bedrooms. All rooms, regardless of their original type, will be charged the rate of a double room for the area they are in.


All students who live on-campus will still receive the $1,000 housing scholarship. Students who cancel their housing for Fall by July 17, 2020, will not be penalized. Students that paid the $200 application fee, will receive a refund should they decide to cancel. All rooms, regardless of their original type, will be charged the rate of a double room for the area they are in. For more information on housing and meal plan costs, please go to our Housing Costs page.

Changes to our Housing Operations

In accordance with CDC guidelines, more stringent cleaning policies will be in place throughout our residential facilities. We plan to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces. Special attention will be paid to hallways, elevators, doors, entrances, etc. We still encourage our residents to practice good hygiene.

Amenities like our lounges and study rooms will be closed. Our laundry facilities will remain operational with modifications and students will be required to wear a face covering.

Residents for Fall 2020 must abide by new policies regarding COVID-19 from the Office of Student Conduct and Housing & Residence Life. Please review policies here.

Residence Life

Our typical on-campus housing experiences will be re-imagined, with a continued focus on developing ways to engage our community through programming through social media & digital platforms, as well as, passive programs including interactive displays, posters, and more. As one might expect, residents can expect less in-person social interaction, no events with large numbers of residents in attendance, and resident-to-resident interactions being limited following social and physical distancing guidelines.

Quarantine & Safety

  • Housing move-in will allow time to self quarantine before face-to-face instruction starts on September 8th.

  • On-campus residents will be tested as soon as they arrive on campus and will be tested at the Student Health Center (SHC) twice during their 14-day quarantine period. The SHC will continue offering optional testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic students. The SHC will periodically test student-athletes, based on recent guidance from the state.

  • 14-day quarantine for new arriving students will be provided by allowing move-in up to 14 days before class instruction begins. Students are expected to stay in their room except to get food from the J dining hall or College Creek Marketplace, or get supplies from the Bookstore, separate themselves from others, and do daily wellness self-checks for 14 days. If symptoms appear, contact the Student Health Center immediately for further instructions.

  • Residents will be provided face coverings and be directed to use them in any shared spaces, with 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Common areas like the recreation room, meeting rooms and housing gym will be closed.

  • Common lounges, living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens will require social distancing to limit occupancy to provide for 6 foot of social distancing which will limit the number of occupants at any one time in those spaces.

  • Residents are advised not to share dishes, drinking glasses, cups or eating utensils.  Non-disposable serving ware is asked to be cleaned with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.

  • The common bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and elevators will be cleaned on a daily basis with EPA-registered disinfectants.

  • Residents are instructed to wipe down the bathroom after usage, and to not leave items on counters.

  • Residents will be provided with wipes and hand sanitizer to keep surfaces, buttons, knobs and other touch points and hands clean after and before their use.


Will students be allowed to live on campus in the Fall? We look forward to returning students to campus and will house approximately 1,000 students in on-campus residence halls, which is approximately 50% of normal capacity, to ensure adequate physical distancing as reviewed by the Humboldt County Health and Human Services Agency. 

What does this mean if you already have an assignment? If you were already assigned to a single room, you will stay in that assignment at a double room rate. If you were in a double or triple room, the person with the earliest application completion time will remain in the room space, and the others will be reassigned to a new single room. This may not apply if we need to rearrange spaces for Theme or Learning Communities

What if I was assigned to a double room, but get reassigned to a different room? Individuals that are reassigned have the potential to be placed in a different complex than the one originally selected. The new complex may require you to have a meal plan.

What does this mean if you don’t have a room assignment yet? The transition to single occupancy decreases the number of available spaces. This means you may be on a wait list until a space becomes available. Communication about your placement or wait list will be sent out after we complete our single occupancy room moves.

If I'm put on a wait list, should I look for off-campus housing? We hope to accommodate everyone from the wait list. We will know more in the coming weeks as we receive cancellations. Our Off-Campus Housing Coordinator can help you with any questions you may have. Please visit our Off-Campus Housing page for more information.

What will be the rate of my room? All rooms, regardless of room type, will be charged the rate of a double room for the area they are in. For more information on rates, go to our Rates page.

Will meal plans still be required? Meal plans are still required in all on-campus living areas except College Creek and Campus Apartments. For more information on rates, go to our Rates page. For more information visit Dining Fall 2020 plans.

What if I decide to move out before the end of the semester? If you decide you need to move out before the end of the semester, you will need to complete a Request to Vacate Form, and properly checkout.

If I cancel my Housing Application, if I paid the $200 application fee, will I get a refund? Yes. Once a Housing Application cancellation is received, the $200 application fee will be refunded if applicable.

If I cancel my Housing Application for Fall, but want to come in the Spring, and I have a room assignment, will I get my same room? Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee students will be able to keep their previously assigned room if they cancel for the fall semester.

If I cancel my Housing Application for Fall, but live on-campus for the Spring semester, will I still receive the $1,000 Scholarship? Yes, all students living on-campus for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 will have the $1,000 Housing Scholarship applied to their account.

Will there be Resident Advisors (RAs) and Reslife Programing during Fall 2020? Students living on-campus will have access to inclusive living communities and the kinds of learning opportunities that will support their holistic growth. Full-time staff including Residence Life Coordinators and RAs will continue to live on-campus and support residents through residential programs, respecting social distancing requirements and increased health and safety protections. 

Will parking permits be required for Fall 2020?  Meter fees are waived and parking permits are not required through December 31, 2020. All other regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  This includes Service & Yellow Loading Zones, Disabled & Reserved stalls, and Fire Lanes. The Parking & Commuter Services Kiosk will be closed due to the COVID-19 protocol. Please see the Parking website for more information. 

What are HSU's plans for Spring 2021? Plans are still be determined for HSU for on-campus operations for Spring 2021. Housing is still planning to have single occupancy bedrooms at this time.

Will all students be tested for COVID-19 when returning to campus? All students are asked to got to Student Health & Wellbeing Services when they return to campus to get tested.

Where can students get tested for COVID-19? Students can be tested for COVID at Student Health and Wellbeing Services.

What if a student who lives on-campus tests positive for COVID-19? Housing & Residence Life has reserved spaces for students testing positive for COVID-19 where they can quarantine. Dining will have a plan for food delivery and drop off for sick residents.