UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful campus located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounded by redwoods, hiking/biking trails and panoramic views of the ocean—while only minutes from beaches, the boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz. UCSC is also an academically challenging university and strong evidence exists that students who live on campus are academically more successful than students who live off campus.
Where you live as a university student directly impacts the quality of your educational
experience. Make your housing and dining needs the least of your concerns by choosing university
- Community. Be a part of the campus community; meet other students with similar interests and academic goals, and build bonds of friendship that will remain throughout your time at UCSC.
- Convenience. Live in close proximity to your classes, and campus resources like dining halls, libraries, computer labs, bookstore, health center, and recreational/athletic facilities.
- Choices. In addition to room options, there are also a variety of theme housing options for those who are interested. Based on academic pursuits, hobbies, individual backgrounds, and lifestyle preferences, these living/learning environments serve to complement your experience in residence.
- Connections. Living on campus provides you with opportunities to interact with staff and faculty who can provide personal guidance, career guidance and connections, and leadership opportunities