Frequently Asked Questions
• Air mattress to sleep on
• Basic bed linens
• Photo identification
• Sleeping bag/blankets/personal pillow
• Toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)
• Personal items (hair dryer, flat iron, electric razor, etc.)
• Change of clothing • Snacks (water, chips, etc.)
• Any items needed for one night Please limit your belongings into one bag (excluding sleeping bag)
• Valuables (Jewelry, large amount of money, etc.)
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Any type of potential weapon including a pocket knife
What if I’m running late?
If you are running late, don’t panic! Simply call us at (619) 573-5434. The earlier you can let us know you are running late, the better.
If you are lost and need directions, do not hesitate to ask our staff to assist you in finding your way to the program. There will also be a table located in the Student Union to direct you to the right location.
During your stay, you will need to stay on campus with your host/mentor at all times and abide by all Residential Education policies, university regulations and State of California laws.
In the case of an emergency on the night of your stay, please contact the South Campus Plaza front desk at (619) 594-2845 or the Chapultepec front desk at (619) 594-6853. You may then ask to be put in contact with Residential Education staff. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or (619) 594-1991 immediately to be in contact with University Police.
Many events are planned for you and family or friends who are attending the weekend with you. Upon arrival you will receive a program for both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, we are asking that you check out of the residence hall prior to breakfast. If you have no vehicle on campus, we will store your luggage at South Campus Plaza or Chapultepec, depending on which residence hall you've been assigned to, and ask that you return at the end of the Explore SDSU program to pick up any personal belongings you stored.
Sworn police officers are permitted by state law to make arrests, investigate crimes and carry firearms. (619) 594-1991
Blue Light Phones (Public Emergency Response Telephones)
Emergency phones located throughout campus provide a direct line to the University Police. These phones have blue lights overhead, making their locations easy to find. Individuals may contact police directly without charge from these phones.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of the escort service provided from dusk to dawn by the SDSU Police Department. The service is available to all parking areas and campus locations. To request an escort, call (619) 594-6659. Escort is generally provided by a Community Service Officer (CSO) or by a Police Officer.
To gain entrance to a specific hall, one must be a resident of that building and furnish a University ID, or be accompanied by someone who does. The Resident's access card must be swiped or key used in order to unlock the main doors, in some buildings the access card is then swiped again to gain access to the stairwell. Mentors will have access to the spaces where guests will be staying so it is important to stay with your mentor.
University Police, 24-hour dispatch (619) 594-1991
Residential Education, M–F, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (619) 594-5742
South Campus Plaza Front Desk, 24 hours per day (619) 594-2845
Chapultepec Front Desk, 24 hours per day (619) 594-6853
If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or (619) 594-1991 immediately to be in contact with University Police.
All guests must check in at the front desk and provide a valid ID.
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