The faculty, staff and students of the Weber Honors College at San Diego State University
(SDSU) believe that living on campus and being engaged in a rich educational environment
outside of the classroom is an integral part of a student's complete educational experience
and of becoming a productive, engaged, and understanding citizen of the world. All
local and out-of-area Weber Honors College first-year students are required to live
on campus in the Honors Residential College in Zura Hall during their first year at
SDSU. This policy was designed to ensure an exceptional undergraduate experience for
Honors students at SDSU. Students living in the Honors Residential College will have
the advantage of experiencing a small, intellectually and socially vibrant liberal
arts environment, while enjoying access to all the resources of a large research university.
All out-of-area Weber Honors College first-year students are required to live on campus
for two years as part of the SDSU Sophomore Success Program. Local area Weber Honors
College first-year students are not required to live on campus their second year but
those who want to can opt to live on campus on a space available basis.
Zura Hall-Home of the Honors Residential College
You can get more information about Zura Hall at the Housing Office website, and take a virtual tour of a Zura Hall room here.
Frequently Asked Housing Questions
The Weber Honors College believes strongly in a residential, liberal arts education.
The Honors Residential College provides a unique community where highly motivated
students encourage each other to excel as they share experiences in and out of the
classroom. The rich, supportive educational environment offers a place where students
from diverse backgrounds can enjoy a rich array of academic, co-curricular, and experiential
activities. Such an environment creates opportunities for students to use their talents
and creativity in the service of understanding the world, of communicating effectively
with others, and of making a positive difference. In addition, the Honors Residential
College promotes involvement on campus, leadership, and academic achievement.
Yes; the Weber Honors College requires first-year Honors College students from BOTH
the local-service-area AND the out-of-service-area to live in the Honors Residential
College located in Zura Hall. SDSU's service area includes all high schools and community
colleges in San Diego County south of State Route 56 and all of Imperial County.
Requests for exemption from the requirement will be considered. In a few circumstances,
exemptions may be granted. The Office of Housing Administration receives and reviews
appeals submitted from out-of-service-area students, while Weber Honors College receives
and reviews appeals submitted from local-service-area students.
Yes, slightly. The only difference is where you submit your exemption request. The
Office of Housing Administration receives and reviews appeals submitted from out-of-service-area
students, while the Weber Honors College receives and reviews appeals submitted from
local-service-area students. Read below for the appropriate instructions depending
on your service area.
Because SDSU requires all out-of-service-area students to live on campus, the Office
of Housing Administration receives and reviews appeals submitted from out-of-service-area
students. All out-of-service-area exemption questions and requests need to be directed
to the Housing Office,
not the Weber Honors College.
Any local-service-area student accepted into the Weber Honors College who wishes to
appeal should download the Local Area Live On Exemption Form
and submit it to our office.
Only first-year students enrolled in the Weber Honors College are required to live
in the Honors Residential College during their first year at SDSU. Students who apply
and are accepted into the Weber Honors College after their first year (e.g., continuing
SDSU students and transfer students) are not required to live in the Honors Residential
All first-year students applying to the Weber Honors College (i.e., high school applicants)
should indicate on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that they
will live on campus, if they are applying for financial aid. Submit your FAFSA
by March 2 of your enrollment year.