Northern California Campus - Housing


The Golden Gate Northern California Campus offers resident housing for full-time students who meet all eligibility requirements. Family housing is available for qualified married students, including dependent children under the age of 19 (extended family members may not occupy resident units). Many of our Northern California students are campus residents, as GGBTS housing is significantly lower than market rental rates in the Bay Area. Campus housing is managed through the Student Services Office and is coordinated by the Director of Student Services.

Applications for campus housing are available through the Golden Gate Enrollment Services Office or you may download it here. The priority housing application deadline is May 1 and November 1, for the following academic semester. ("Priority" refers to the order of applications received in the Residence Life Office.) If and when necessary, the Seminary maintains waiting lists for apartment units/types. Applicants are not assigned housing or placed onto waiting lists until fully approved for seminary admission. A non-refundable fee is required for all housing applications. The Seminary makes every effort possible to accommodate housing requests.

Housing Eligibility Standards

Students requesting campus housing must maintain the following eligibility standards.
  1. Campus residents are allowed a maximum housing eligibility “window” of four years for both the MDIV degree and Diploma of Theology, three years for all other MA degrees/diploma programs, two and a half years for the THM program, and four years for the PHD program (PHD students have the option to appeal to the Housing Committee for extended housing eligibility upon expiration of the granted four years). Both PHD and THM students must be continuously enrolled throughout their granted housing eligibility window.
  2. Resident students must enroll for a minimum of 22 (master/diploma) or 12 (PhD/ThM) credit units per academic year (fall to summer, or spring to winter). Residents must be enrolled as full-time students for each fall/spring semester of the academic year.
  3. Resident students must maintain a CGPA above 2.0.
  4. Resident students seeking an additional/second degree after graduation must re-apply for housing. Three-bedroom apartment residents are normally limited to one degree only, with exception allowed for acceptance into the PhD program. 
  5. Any/all degree programs, including dual degrees, must be accomplished within the degree-designated housing eligibility window. Resident students changing degree programs should anticipate completion of coursework within the appropriate time frame.
  6. All resident housing contracts designate an expiration date of 10 days following the date of graduation, or the designated three-year or four-year mark, whichever comes first.
  7. Campus housing is not available for audit, special status, online, or Doctor of Ministry students.
  8. When husband and wife are both students, only one may be contracted as the primary student resident. Primary resident status may not be transferred to create a succession of eligibility beyond the original contract; however, spouses still in a program may apply for campus housing after the termination of the original contract.
  9. Resident students must maintain current seminary account balance and must be in good standing in regard to student conduct.
  10. Dependent children who are 19 years of age or younger are eligible to occupy units, unless special circumstances dictate otherwise.

Housing for Single Students

Dormitories are available for single students, and several studio apartments are reserved for singles as well. Dorm rooms are intended for two residents (double occupancy). Each dorm room is furnished with loft beds, mattresses, large desk areas, built in storage, and window coverings. The dorm common areas include a student lounge, study rooms, prayer rooms, kitchen/cooking facilities, and on-site laundry facilities. When available, dorm rooms may be offered as private rooms at increased rates. Studio apartments are unfurnished and consist of a bedroom/living room combination, a kitchenette with refrigerator, and a private bathroom.

Housing for Couples

Golden Gate maintains several buildings consisting of one-bedroom apartment units. These close apartment communities are reserved for couples without dependent children. All units include stove/oven, refrigerator, window coverings, and resilient tile/linoleum floors or carpeting. The floor plan includes kitchen, living/dining combination, bedroom, and separate bathroom.

Housing for Families

Designated family apartments account for half of all campus residence buildings. Two-bedroom apartment units are reserved for families with one or two dependent children. Families with three or more children (or two teenage children of opposite gender) are normally assigned a three-bedroom apartment. All family units include stove/oven, refrigerator, window coverings, and resilient tile/linoleum floors or carpeting. Some family apartments also include an exterior storage closet. Both two and three bedroom units include similar floor plans with living/dining room combination, kitchen, and single bath.

Additional Housing Information

A full listing of housing policies is available for review in the Resident Handbook. Current rental rates and fee schedules appear on the Tuition and Fees page. Some apartment units are priced differently to reflect remodeling and/or upgrades. Students are not permitted to maintain pets on Seminary property. Auxiliary appliances such as dishwashers, freezers, washers or dryers are not permitted in student apartments. Water/sewer service and weekly garbage/recycling service are included in all rental charges. Gas and electric utilities are billed directly to the resident (as in Tichenor Village) or charged to student accounts. Telephone, cable and internet service is the responsibility of each resident. Swipe-card operated laundry facilities are located in each resident neighborhood. The Seminary has no hook-ups or facilities to maintain occupied mobile homes, motor homes, vacation trailers, campers, or other transitory housing. Temporary housing is available for regular student commuters through commuter rooms located in both dormitories. Commuter reservations are coordinated and managed by the Director of Student Services.
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