Housing + Residential Life

Be immersed in a community of artists, connect with classmates, and participate in events organized by the Resident Advisors at our two residence halls: Abby Hall and Sutter Hall. As a supportive place to learn and grow your practice outside of the classroom, you’ll love the central location and the ease of access to our resources and services.

Most incoming undergraduate students live in our residence halls, although housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students alike in Abby Hall, which caters specifically to transfer and graduate students.

Schedule a tour, available Monday through Friday from 12–1 pm, by contacting the Admissions Office at 415.749.4500 or admissions@sfai.edu.

For questions or concerns regarding housing, contact us at 415.351.3556 or at housing@sfai.edu.

New Student Residency

All new undergraduate students are required to live in campus housing during their first academic year.

Exceptions to the New Student Residency Requirement:

  • Student is 20 or older
  • Student is married and/or has dependents
  • Student has a documented medical reason why they cannot live in the residence halls
  • Student lives with parents within 30-mile radius of SFAI
  • Student is a former member of the U.S. military

If you are a new undergraduate student who does not wish to live in campus housing, and you believe that you qualify for one of the above exceptions, please complete the Housing Appeal Form and return it along with all required documentation to the Student Affairs Office at 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133.