Student Life at College of San Mateo - Housing Assistance
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College of San Mateo does not offer on-campus housing in the form of dormitories or apartments. However, the Center for Student Life & Leadership Development does maintain an up-to-date list of off-campus community housing. This housing is usually in the form of rooms in private homes, but shared houses and/or apartments are sometimes available.

Housing Resources

Besides the housing listings maintained by the CSM Center for Student Life, there are many resources that can assist in finding housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below are several web sites, newspapers, and other resources that provide housing ads and listings.
  • HIP Housing Home Sharing Program
    HIP Housing provides a Home Sharing Program for people who live, work, or go to school in San Mateo County.
  • is a free service that can help you find a home in San Mateo County that fits your needs and budget.
  • MidPen Housing
    MidPen Housing has a mission of providing safe, affordable housing of high quality to those who need to establish stability and opportunity in their lives.
  • Craigslist
    The equivalent of an online flea market, Craigslist has a wide variety of housing available in and around the Peninsula.
  • San Francisco Chronicle /
    The San Francisco Chronicle and its online site,, provide the most comprehensive listing of newspaper classified ads in the Bay Area.
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
    The San Mateo Daily Journal is a daily paper that primarily serves the City of San Mateo and the surrounding cities.
    The Mercury News website for primarily serves Santa Clara County and the South Bay, but information about rentals on the Peninsula is also available.

International Students

International students looking for housing should refer to the SMCCCD International Students website. Specifically, please consult the section on international student housing.