Web Content Display Web Content Display

(Updated 12/13/2019)

On-Campus Living at Cal Maritime


The StarRez housing reservation & off-campus petition system will be ready for Fall 2020 admitted students by early February.

The California State University Maritime Academy is a residential campus. All students are required to live on campus and purchase a meal plan as part of the tenure of their educational experience at Cal Maritime. When current enrollment exceeds the number of available beds, exceptions to this requirement may be made on a space available basis in accordance with established policies from the Office of Housing & Residential Life.

Decades of research and best practices in higher education support the added benefits of living on campus. Residing on campus provides students with a safe environment in which to live, sleep, and study during standby for or on watch standing duty while maintaining the primary focus on academics, leadership, teamwork, and their chosen line of work.  Students who live on campus tend to take and earn more credit hours, have higher GPAs, and are more likely to persist and graduate than their off-campus counterparts. Students become more engaged with the campus, develop independent living skills and enhanced community interactions, gain broader understanding and respect of diversity, learn leadership and community relations, and have closer proximity and access to campus resources and facilities.  Living with others from diverse backgrounds strengthens intercultural competence as students experience, understand and interact effectively and successfully with others who differ in cultural beliefs, behaviors, values, and worldviews.

New students participate in a First Year Experience Seminar Series as a part of their first year experience as a whole. The first year experience living learning community assists students with increased faculty-student interactions, provides critical avenues to academic and personal skills development, develops self-responsibility and accountability, promotes camaraderie within the residence halls, and enhances campus community building activities and traditions. 


 Housing and Residential Life


        It is our pleasure to welcome you to on-campus housing at Cal Maritime!  We are sure you will find living in the residence halls an integral part of your educational experience.

The first-year college experience is an exciting time in a young adult's life. It's the stepping-stone for everything that happens next. There is a lot for students to take in: learning the ins and outs of college life, making new friends, learning how to function within the Corps of Cadets, navigating the classroom and a rigorous academic curriculum, and thinking about the future. 

Cal Maritime is a residential campus that houses approximately 900 students per year.   There are 5 Residence Halls located on the campus with each one offering a different experience.  All first time Cal Maritime students, regardless of age, previous academic history, transfer status, etc. are required to reside in Upper Residence Hall or aboardTraining Ship Golden Bear (depending on degree path).

Upper Residence Hall is a traditional style building with long hallways and common bathrooms shared by a wing.  It is located in the middle of the residential side of campus. This hall has double occupancy rooms of which half of the rooms enjoy a view of the Carquinez Strait while the other half have a hillside view. URH has a laundry room, a game room and several study lounges as well as houses the Office of Housing & Residential Life.

Training Ship Golden Bear is located on the waterfront portion of the campus. This "hall" is suite style with double occupancy rooms that share a common bathroom.  Half of these rooms have a view of the Carquinez Strait, while the other half has a view of the campus

Lower Residence Hall is the hall located on the lower part of the residential area. This hall is suite-style with four rooms to a hallway with eight residents sharing a common bathroom.   All rooms in Lower Residence Hall have double occupancy rooms and enjoy a view of the Carquinez Strait. Lower Residence Hall B stack is home to Quiet Housing for upperclassmen.

McAllister Residence Hall - Cal Maritime opened a new 3-story residence hall in the fall of 2009. One hundred and thirty-six students live in the brick-faced building that boasts radiant heating, semi-private tiled bathrooms, double-occupancy rooms (some with views of Bodnar Field) and generous community rooms. McAllister Hall is home to Quiet Housing for sophomores and juniors.

Maritime North Residence Hall houses upper-class students in double occupancy rooms with a private restroom. Common areas include study rooms, community lounges, an outside courtyard, and a large laundry room. Parking is available on-site.


 Get to Know Our Staff


Our Para-Professional Staff

Residence Hall Officers (RHOs)

Someone you'll want to get to know right away is your Residence Hall Officer (RHO)! RHOs are para- professionals and students who live in each wing or building who are on duty and provide social and educational programs for residents to attend. Your RHO will be able to answer most of your questions about the halls and can also refer you to other services at the university. They give advice, handle emergencies, keep you informed and get you involved.  If you experience any problem at the university, check first with your RHO. They're there to help you- all you have to do is ask! The list of RHOs are available on our website at the beginning of each academic year.

Student Hall Director (SHD)

The Student Hall Director is a para-professional staff member who lives on the Training Ship Golden Bear and assists in the professional staff on call duty rotation as well as co-supervision of the TSGB along with the Housing & Residential Life Professional staff. The SHD coordinates day to day operations for the department which includes programming, opening and closing the halls as well as staff schedules and acts as a liaison for on-campus students and RHOs.

Our Professional Staff

Administrative Assistant

Several student assistants are available at our front desk to answer low-level questions and telephone calls during business hours Monday-Friday.

Coordinators for Residential Life (CRLs)

Coordinators for Residential Life are full-time, live-in professional staff members who are responsible for the quality of living in a designated residence hall at Cal Maritime. Principle duties include staff supervision, support for student learning and development, residential program development and implementation, administration and building management, crisis management as well student counseling.


Ms. Malinda Balfour is the Lead Residence Life Coordinator and can be reached at mbalfour@csum.edu

Mr. Alec Mathews is the Coordinator for Residence Life for First-Year Communities

Mr. Ronald Dupree is the Residence Life Coordinator for Lower & McAllister Halls and can be reached at rdupree@csum.edu

Mr. DJ Escobar is the Residence Life Coordinator for Maritime North Residence Hall and can be reached at descobar@csum.edu


What Should I Bring?


Bedding and Bath

  • Extra long twin sheets (beds are 80"x34")
  • Pillow(s) and pillow case(s)
  • Blanket and/or comforter
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths
  • Bathrobe
  • Small toiletry tote to carry to the bathroom
  • Toiletries
  • Shower shoes


  • Alarm clock
  • Athletic clothing
  • Black socks!
  • Book bag/back pack
  • Flashlight and designated knife
  • Surge protector
  • Wrist watch
  • School supplies


Optional Items                    

  • Bicycle
  • Personal Computer
  • Stereo*
  • Television/VCR/DVD/Pay Station

   *Noise restrictions are enforced

  • Rug* (except for on the TSGB)




  • Large television or stereos
  • Large or excess furniture
  • Candles
  • Air conditioners
  • Hot plates
  • Space Heaters
  • Alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Pets other than fish in 20-gallon or less tanks
  • Cooking appliances with open coils (toasters, etc.)
  • When living aboard the TSGB, you may not have rugs, large televisions or large sound systems, microwaves or refrigerators


Where can people send me mail?

As a residential student, you will receive an assigned mailbox number and key for a mailbox in the Student Center. The address is:

Your Name

Cal Maritime

Your Mailbox Number, 1 Morrow Cove

Vallejo, CA 94590.



The Housing License Agreement that all incoming students must fill out and submit will be accessible via the Student Portal by early February 2020

For students wishing to apply for a waiver for our on-campus requirement and live off-campus, please view the criteria in the Off-Campus webpage. If you do not meet the requirements, off-campus living is not an option.

You can access more information about the Office of Housing & Residential Life and general housing policies by clicking here or by cutting and pasting the following URL into your web browser's address bar: /web/campus-life/housing-and-residential-life.



If you have specific questions regarding on-campus housing, please contact the Office of Housing & Residential Life. Business hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday except for holidays.

Contact Us:


Housing and Residential Life Cal Maritime

200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, CA 94590-0644

Phone:  (707) 654-1400



We look forward to seeing you on campus!


Web Content Display Web Content Display

I'm ready to choose Cal Maritime. What do I do?
Click Here


Contact the Admissions Office

Note that the staff is working from home answering calls and emails during April.

Cal Maritime, Admissions Office
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Office: (707) 654-1330 
To be forwarded to staff home numbers, select the proper number when prompted

FAX: (707) 654-1336 (opporational 24/7)

Admission Process Deadlines

Scroll Up
Staging Enabled
Last updated: 8/27/20