Housing FAQ

Student Housing FAQ

Answers to Your Housing Questions

FIDM Housing in San Francisco coordinates independent living options only and works closely with students to ensure all their housing needs are met.

How do I apply for FIDM Student Housing?

The best way to apply is via the FIDM Portal online application. Or for manual applications, Step 1: print out and complete the Housing Application Form PDF and fax the documents to the FIDM Student Housing Office. Step two: submit payment.

How much is FIDM Student Housing?

Quarterly (10 weeks) housing fees are currently $4000* for a shared bedroom, plus an initial Placement Fee of $350. For a private room, the current cost is $8000*, plus the $350 initial Placement Fee. The initial placement fee of $350 is required for students who are new to FIDM Housing or students who took a quarter or more off and are returning to FIDM Housing. Therefore, the total cost to reserve a space in FIDM Student Housing for the first quarter is either $4350 for a shared bedroom or $8350 for a private room.

*Subject to change annually

Can I just send the $350 placement fee and send the rest later?

No, a reservation cannot be confirmed unless ALL fees are paid at one time.

What does the cost of FIDM Student Housing include?

Quarterly housing fees include: rent, furniture, utilities, and internet access. (Food, phone, and parking are NOT included.)

How can I pay for FIDM Student Housing?

Cashiers checks, money orders, wire transfers, or credit cards are accepted (Discover, Visa, MasterCard, American Express). No personal checks please.

Can I use Financial Aid to cover FIDM Student Housing?

Yes, but not for the first quarter. Your financial aid disbursement is available AFTER the start of each new quarter. Housing fees must be paid in full PRIOR to each quarter you desire to live in FIDM Housing. Therefore, your first housing payment should be considered an "out of pocket" expense, due to this payment/ disbursement schedule. Once your payment is complete, your space is guaranteed. Please consult a Financial Aid Officer regarding the specifics to plan ahead appropriately.

When is the deadline date to cancel housing and receive a refund for the FIDM Housing fees?

Housing fees are neither refundable nor transferable provided that if, prior to matriculation the student determines not to attend FIDM, he/she may send a letter to FIDM requesting a refund of housing fees already paid. The FIDM Student Housing Office must receive said letter at least 30 days prior to the FIDM official check-in date. If such a letter is received by the appropriate deadline, a refund, less the $350.00 placement fee, will be made to the student.

Can I choose the specific property where I want to live?

No. A first-time or “Initial” applicant cannot request a specific property. Please understand that FIDM needs to have the flexibility to assign spaces according to availability for the first quarter. In the following quarter as a “renewal” applicant, you are able to request a specific property.

Are building and/or roommate requests guaranteed?

Although it is not guaranteed, it is always FIDM's goal to meet the student's request(s).

When will I know my FIDM Student Housing assignment?

Assignment letters are e-mailed to students 3 weeks prior to the check-in date. Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, exact addresses and roommate assignments are given at check-in and not any earlier.

What is included inside the unit?

  • General utilities and internet access
  • Living Room: sofa, chair, coffee table, end table, lamp, TV and TV stand
  • Dining Room: dining table with four chairs
  • Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher
  • Bedrooms: two standard-length twin beds, a night stand, and lamps; one chest or dresser; one desk with chair

Extra furniture is not allowed.

Laundry facilities are either on the property or are located inside the unit.

Can I have my items shipped before I arrive?

You must coordinate your packages to arrive AFTER you have arrived! The apartment managers will not accept packages before you move in.

Is parking included in the Housing fees?

Parking is not included in your Housing fees. FIDM has a limited number of parking spaces on each property. All inquiries for parking can be made to the FIDM Housing office. If you are not a recipient of parking on the property you will be given a list of additional parking options available in the surrounding areas. Please budget $75 - $225 a month for parking. The chart below lists the building and its quarterly parking fees.

Quarterly parking fees for student housing buildings
Met G12 Broadway Palace
$300 $525 $300

Once in FIDM Housing, am I able to remain in the same unit and with the same roommates?

FIDM's goal is to keep all students in their same units and with the same roommates, if no request to change has been made. Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, it may not be possible for a student to remain in the same unit/building each quarter.

When should I fly back home?

Due to the nature of FIDM Student Housing, it is best to purchase plane tickets AFTER the TRANSFER DATE, if you are planning to stay in FIDM Student Housing the next quarter. Otherwise, if you are transferred to another unit and cannot be there on the transfer date to move, please be prepared. It will be your responsibility.

Whom do I contact if I am unable to check-in during the scheduled move-in date and time?

You may move in later but not earlier. All late arrivals are required to make prior arrangements with the Housing Office at 800-624-1200 ext.5624 / 5625 or Housing@fidm.edu.

How early do I need to apply for housing?

Early reservations are recommended. Space is not reserved until all application forms and total fees are received and confirmed by the Student Housing Office.

Are there Resident Advisors?

Yes, advisors are there to help students with emergencies and concerns, and to assist in making the FIDM experience enjoyable and successful. Activities are planned by the Resident Advisors for those residing in FIDM Student Housing.

Why is it required that I sign a contract with FIDM when I move in?

Signed Housing Contracts with FIDM are required from students in order to ensure the comfort and security of living in a community situation. Adherence to all contracts and housing deadlines are strictly enforced.