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Freshman Guide to the SDSU Residence Halls

BradB126BradB126 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited December 2012 in San Diego State University
Hey! I'm a current student here at San Diego State University (SDSU). As an incoming freshman, I was worried about which residence hall (dorm) to chose because it seemed like a very big decision, which it is. The purpose of this thread is to lay down the basic pros and cons of each building. Hope you enjoy!

- The LLC At Maya and Olmeca:
Maya and Olmeca are known as the Living Learning Communities, meaning that all the people you live with on your floor/wing will all share something in common. For example, There is a Science/Math/Technology/Engineering floor, a "Discover San Diego" floor, and an Arts & Entertainments floor. This is an advantage because it puts you with other students with similar interests and majors. As far as actual living areas, Maya and Olmeca are normal style dorms. They are all doubles. Each room comes with 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 mini filing cabinets, 2 shelves (built into the walls), 2 closet/wardrobes, and a mini fridge/freezer/microwave combo. Maya and Olmeca also have "character" because they have a brick wall and the closet/wardrobes are built into the wall (in addition, the wardrobes are bigger than other halls). Some floors may be segregated by gender and some won't be, but there are always separate bathrooms. Maya and Olmeca are unique in that each floor has a Resident Adviser AND an Academic Mentor. Resident Advisers are in charge of the floors and Academic Mentors are like tutors that live on your floor. Maya and Olmeca also have access to a small pool with amenities such as picnic tables and coal-BBQs Maya and Olmeca are both on campus and close to many of the classroom buildings and the dining hall.

- Cuicacalli:
Cuicacalli is the only residence hall that is 100% suites. The positives about living in a suite is that there is a private bathroom and private kitchen. This can be very beneficial to students who like their own space. Other residence halls have public kitchens that are shared with the entire building. The Cuicacalli residents have access to a large pool. A negative about the suites is that they are much less social. Residents often don't meet many people outside of their own suite. This is due to a "closed door policy" in which the suite doors are not allowed to be propped open because they are a fire hazard. Cuicacalli is also located on campus close to many classrooms and the dining halls.

- Tenochca/Zura:
There is nothing too special about either Tenochca or Zura. They're both typical residence halls in which nearly every room is a double and there is 1 Resident Advisor per floor/wing. Many say that Zura is a party dorm, however almost any party in the residence halls is shut down immediately. The perk about being in Zura is that they have access to the Maya and Olmeca pool. Tenochca and Zura are located on campus near Maya, Olmeca, and Cuicacalli. Nothing too special here.

- Chapultepec:
Chapultepec is most likely the worst of all the residence halls. It is just your average residence halls, just like Tenochca and Zura, however, it is way the hell on the other side of campus behind the Aztec Recreation Center (the gym) and away from the rest of the dorms and campus. Almost all the people I've spoken to in Capultepec wish they were in the other on campus residence halls because they are so far from all of their classes, ESPECIALLY as freshmen. The only positive I can see is that is is one of the newest buildings, but all the other buildings are in decent condition as well, so there's no point. Also, there is a grill that serves pretty good food every Thursday, but you don't need to be a resident to go.

- University Towers:
There are very few freshman allowed in University Towers. They have what are called mini-suites. This means that for every 2 rooms, there is a bathroom shared between them, while the sinks are in the actual bedrooms. This is beneficial for students who like their own private bathrooms but also like the social aspect of the residence hall, unlike the Cuicacalli suites. University Towers is also located off campus and a decent walk to any of the classrooms located on campus.

- Villa Alvarado Apartments:
The apartments, like University Towers, are not really for freshmen. They are just normal apartments with a living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. These are more for the upperclassmen who return to SDSU but do not want to return to the residence halls. The apartments are located off campus and also have a pool.

There you have it! A complete guide to the residence halls here at SDSU. Many people say they want to party and they think choosing the right hall is important for that. But if you're social and you meet lots of people your first few weeks here, you should have no problem finding what you want. On the other hand, if you'd rather study, no one is going to force you to go out solely due to the residence hall you live in. I hope this was helpful and answered many of the questions you may have, but if it didn't, post it in the comments and I'll try to help you out!

Thanks for reading!
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Replies to: Freshman Guide to the SDSU Residence Halls

  • Hanna345Hanna345 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    thank you so much for posting thiss! ima senior in highschool now and got admitted here for fall 2012 as a freshman! I like to work out at the gym alot and I want it to be a daily thing for me while at sdsu and it seems that chapultapec would be the closest distance to that but you saying its the worst one because its far away from the other dorms makes me reconsider...how long is the walk from tenochca to the gym? and does being away from the rest of the dorm make it less social? would I be missing out on any events or would i feel like im away from the freshmen community or out of the loop by living in chapultepec? also is there a pool by chapultepec? also, is there any diference at all between tenochca and zura? and how would you decribe the overal sdsu student based on friendliness?idk i read somewhere that since its socal, theres alot of snobby materialistic people..i doubt thats true but i just wanted to get ur opinion haha :) thankss!!!
  • BradB126BradB126 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    No problem at all! So first of all, I may have been a little harsh on Chapultepec. Its one of the newer dorms and the only thing that sucks is it's location.

    1) A walk from Tenochca to the ARC (aka the gym) is about 12 minutes. Most people jog over for a warm-up then walk back for a cool-down.

    2) Living in the residence halls (like Chapultepec and University Towers) would not make you less social. Classes and overall friendliness make you social, not only the residence hall.

    3) There are very few events that you will miss due to living away from campus, but there are most likely other events you may attend that others don't. This is because many of the residence halls put on their own, private events.

    4) There is no pool at Chapultepec, however the Aztec Aquaplex is right around the corner. The Aquaplex is a set of pools that are free for any SDSU student living on campus.

    5) There is really no difference between the structure of Zura and Tenochca rooms, however Tenochca is notorious for being unclean and nasty (hence its nickname T-Nasty).

    6) Overall, the scene here at SDSU is very good, in my opinion. People are just as friendly/ non-friendly here as anywhere else. Many people say we're just a bunch of white, snobby, rich kids, but we're actually pretty diverse. Now, our campus is probably about 50% white, but the other 50% (and growing) is full of almost any culture. My floor alone reflects this. If you're considering not coming because you feel you won't "fit it", don't worry about it. be friendly and you'll do fine.

    I think that answers all your questions, but if you've got any more post a message and I'll try to reply quickly.
  • pinklady7pinklady7 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    i am accepted for fall 2012 and i am a transfer student and when i was like 15 i did a church camp there and i loved the suites but is there really no social aspect at Cuicacalli? Also is it hard to get a room there? like when do we need to submit our intent and housing agreement- since thats 1200 dollars?Do we need to send it in before the deadline; may 1st and if we send it on may first will we still be able to get a room there?
  • rweldeselaserweldeselase Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    On the housing app, it doesn't let us choose resididential halls. It gives the following options of areas to live in:

    -Buisness Area
    -Health/Healing Professions
    -Physical Fitness Area
    -Honors College
    -Emerging Leaders
    -Fine Arts/Television
    -Discover San Diego
    -Aztec Engineering
    -Extended Quiet Study
    -Global Pathways

    Sooo, if I wanted to live in Cuiacalli which one should I put as first?
  • deee2016deee2016 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Thank you thank you thank you!!
  • TACO3129TACO3129 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Thanks for posting this, it was very helpful. I'm out-of-state and plan to try to transfer to SDSU for the 2013-2014 academic year. I was wondering if you know which would be the cheaper option for an out-of state transfer/upper division student:the university towers or villa alvarado aparments?
  • jaajaa20jaajaa20 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    Hey thanks for posting this up. I am about to send in my app license as a transfer for fall 2012 soooo considering that apartments like university towers are more for upperclassmen, do I have a good chance getting in one of those? Also, hows the cost for each hall? Can you please list from most expensive to cheapest?
  • deee2016deee2016 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I think all the halls are the same price, unless you get a single dorm.
  • flyymeawayflyymeaway Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I have the same question as you...
    It only states the communities but not the halls.
    does anyone know which one could mean which?
  • internatstudentinternatstudent Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Hi, I'm a student form the Netherlands and going to attend SDSU for one semester fall 2013. I'm looking at the housing opportunities and decided to apply for on-campus apartments. I can chose between Fraternity row, Piedra del *** and the Sanctuary Apartments. They provide floor plans and pictures but that doesn’t really help. Can someone provide me with information about these apartments? Like is it noisy at night when you live in the fratrow apartments?
  • VnldwthVnldwth Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited August 2016
    @BradB126 Hey guys, I am an incoming freshman for the 2016-17 year, going into aerospace engineering. I have been tossed into university towers, so I'm not complaining. I am wondering though, as I have a decent desktop computer with 2 monitors, what the desk dimensions are in UT. Also, are the beds adjustable in height?
  • Fish125Fish125 Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    edited August 2016
    @Vnldwth - This is an old thread, so I don't know if your question will be answered. Call Housing/REO, and they will be able to give you info on UT's desks and beds. At the bottom of this page is allegedly the layout for a typical UT room, and it might give you an idea about the desk's dimensions. https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/housing/universitytowers.aspx
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