Cal Maritime offers several styles of facilities and living options to accommodate student needs. Each residence hall has various amenities specific to that facility, which students of the building are able to utilize. The majority of rooms on campus are double occupancy (shared by two students) spaces. All double occupancy rooms have 2 beds, desks, chairs, and dressers.

Campus Residential Facilities

Lower res hall

The Lower Residence halls are comprised of 3 stacks (A, B, and C). The rooms are all double occupancy rooms. Each floor is comprised of 4 rooms and shares a common bathroom. The Lower Residence Hall is primarily where our upper class students reside. Also, 2 stacks in the Lower Residence Hall have been designated as 24-hour Quiet Halls.

McAllister Hall

McAllister Hall is a suite style residence hall housing 132-beds returning students. McAllister is staffed by one Residence Life Coordinator and 4 Residence Hall Officers. All rooms are double occupancy and every two rooms share a bathroom. McAllister Hall was opened in the Fall of 2009 and is the newest campus residence facility.


  • Suite Style Living (4 students share a restroom)
  • Next to Bodnar Field
  • Radiant Heating
  • Wireless internet throughout building
  • Fitness room - Located on first floor
  • 2 TV Lounges - Located on second and third floor
  • Game Room - Located on first floor
  • 2 Study Lounges - Located on second and third floor

Upper res hall

Upper Residence Hall is a traditional style residence hall housing 200 students and staffed by one full-time Residence Life Coordinator and 7 Residence Hall Officers. Each wing houses 35-40 students which share a community style bathroom. The traditional residence hall design promotes student involvement and the creation of friendship and support between students. Upper Residence Hall primarily houses first year Cal Maritime students.

Upper Residence Hall is also home to the Office of Housing & Residential Life. Within the Office of Housing & Residential Life, students will find the offices of all professional staff members and may schedule appointments to discuss any concerns or questions regarding campus housing.


  • Community Style Restrooms
  • Double Occupancy rooms
  • Community Laundry Room (Located on first floor)
  • Study Lounge (Located on first floor)
  • TV & Game Room (Located on first floor)
  • Recreation Room containing pool tables and ping pong tables (Located on first floor)
  • Floor Study Lounges (located in the center of each floor)

Training Ship Golden Bear

Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB) is a working maritime vessel which houses the Shipboard Living Learning Community. TSGB offers suite style living for 124 residents and is staffed by one Student Hall Director and four Resident Hall Officers. All rooms aboard TSGB are double occupancy and traditionally house first time students participating in the Shipboard Living Learning Community. All students in a deck or engine program participate in the Shipboard Living Learning Community.Students aboard TSGB reside on one of two residential decks with the total occupancy of each deck being 62 students and 2 Resident Assistants.  Due to electrical systems, Coast Guard policies and the TSGB security plan, all students must read the list of prohibited items for TSGB as it differs from all other campus facilities. Students bringing prohibited items will not be allowed aboard with the items.

ATTENTION: Please be aware that the TSGB is within an industrial safety area. Proper shoes must be worn on the pier and on the ship at all times. Flip flops, sandals (without a back strap), clogs or high heel shoes are not authorized for wear onboard the ship.


  • Suite Style Bathrooms (4 students per bathroom)
  • Double Occupancy rooms
  • Community Laundry Rooms on each deck (detergent provided, students may not use own detergent)
  • Lower Mess available as student study space
  • Classroom space available for studying and group projects
  • Weight room

Shipboard Living Learning Community

This program, which was developed in 2009, allows incoming students in the Marine Transportation and Engineering Majors to enhance their learning experience.  Each incoming student within one of these majors will be required to live on the Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB) for one semester of their first year at Cal Maritime.

The First Year Shipboard Living-Learning program helps develop a familiarization onboard the TSGB for all cruise required students.  These classes have been developed by the TSGB officers and Professors in the specific major. This will allows for the students going on the TSGB cruise during their first summer to be well prepared and to be familiar with TSGB as a whole. Residene Hall Officers and Living Learning Community Mentors aboard the TSGB also provide specialize programming to support ship familiarization. Programs include but are not limited to ship tours, pre cruise breifings, systems tours, etc.

Due to the fact that TSGB is a working vessel, supplemental policies exist which all students living aboard are expected to follow. Examples of supplemental policies include but are not limited to:

  • No overnight guests for first year students
  • Weekly room inpsections
  • No guests during secure watch periods for any students living aboard (breaks and three day weekends)

A traditional residence hall which houses upperclassmen


Specialty Living Options

Quiet Housing

A student residing in a Quiet Housing facilities agrees to limit the noise in his/her room and his/her impact on other students to maintain an environment that promotes academic success and growth. Expectations of Quiet Housing students including keeping room doors closed while watching tv or listening to music, utilizing headphones as need to decrease noise production, and refraining from hosting large gatherings that may produce excessive noise. A 24 hour quiet policy is also in place throughout all Quiet Housing Facilities.

For juniors and senior students Quiet Housing is available in Lower Residence Hall B2 & B3. For sophomore students, Quiet Housing is available in McAllister Residence Hall.

Single Room:

A limited number of single rooms are available for students. Any returning student requesting a single room must opt into the single room buyout waitlist on StarRez housing application. A student granted a single room will be charged the additional cost of a single.

First-Year Shipboard Living Learning Community:

The licensed track majors at Cal Maritime will be required to take part in our First-Year Shipboard Living Learning Community. Students participating in the Shipboard Living Community will reside one semester in Upper Residence Hall and one semester aboard Training Ship Golden Bear. Students will be informed via their room assignment which semester they wills spend aboard Training Ship Golden Bear. The semester aboard ship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to familiarize students with the ship layout, systems, and policies prior to the summer training cruise.


Room Selection Information

First year students will be assigned to one of the first year experience facilities (Upper Residence Hall or Training Ship Golden Bear) based on the information provided on their Housing & Licensing Agreement. Note that Cal Maritime defines all students attending Cal Maritime for the first time as first year students regardless of previous academic history or age. All returning students will select a room assignment for the upcoming year in April of the previous year during the room selection process.

Students have the opportunity to request a specific roommate on the Housing & Licensing Agreement. All roommate requests are granted on a first received basis and based on campus availability. For further information about the four campus residence halls and specialty living options please continue to read.


Programs and Activities

Social, Educational, and Service-Learning programs are offered and organized by the staff in all of our residential facilities. These programs range from movie nights, study social, explore the city of Vallejo, volunteer activities. 

Residence Hall Officers on each floor/residence hall plan and coordinate passive and active social, diversity, educational as well as academic related programs. The purpose of these programs is to build a community and develop a platform for student interaction. 

If you have any ideas for programs that you would like to see happen, please talk with your RHO. Together, you can plan a great event for your fellow residents!

Photo collage of students doing activities on campus