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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started
How am I assigned to a UCSC college?
What are the benefits of living on campus?
How do I request university housing?
What housing options are available to me?
Can I see virtual tours of rooms?
Can I see sample floor plans?
When will I hear about my room assignment?

Living in Campus Housing
What are the move-in dates?
Will I have to move out between quarters?
What’s included in my room?
Can I decorate my room?
What should I plan to bring with me?
How do I secure my "stuff" in my room?
Can I cook in my room?
Are all the residential facilities smoke-free?
Can I burn candles (incense or sage) in my room?
Are pets allowed?
Can I bring my guitar (drums, etc.) to campus?
How do I get my mail and what will my address be?
Can I have overnight guests?
Should I bring my bike?
Can I bring my skateboard and in-line skates?

Meal Plans and Flexi Dollars
What meal plan options are available?
What are Flexi Dollars and where can I use them?
What are meal equivalencies?
Can I change my meal plan?
How can I check my meal plan balances?
Can I cancel my meal plan entirely?

Services and Resources for Residents
Do the rooms have internet access?
Do the rooms have phone service?
Will my cell phone work on campus?
Who do I contact if I have a maintenance issue?
Are laundry facilities available?
Are there ATMs on campus?
What about campus safety and security?
Should I get Renter's Insurance?
How do I get around on campus?
Can I purchase a parking permit on-campus?

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How am I assigned to a UCSC college?
When you accept your offer of admission you will be asked to indicate five UCSC college preferences. You may also choose to indicate “no preference,” as many students do, meaning you will be fine with any of our 10 colleges.

Once you have completed the acceptance process, and after the acceptance deadline (May 1 for freshmen; June 1 for transfers), the Office of Admissions affiliates you with a college. Learn more

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What are the benefits of living on campus?
As a university student, where you live directly impacts the quality of your educational experience. Campus housing offers the ultimate in community, convenience and choices. Learn more

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How do I request university housing?
Students accepting the offer of admission must complete the online acceptance process at my.ucsc.edu. During the acceptance process you will be asked to indicate a preference for either university housing or making your own housing arrangements to live in the off-campus community. After the acceptance deadline (May 1 for freshmen; June 1 for transfers), the Campus Housing Office will send you instructions for completing the online housing application/contract process if you indicated a preference for university housing. Learn more

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What housing options are available to me?
The housing options available to you will differ, depending on which college you are Stevenson College Studentsaffiliated with and whether you are a new or continuing student.

Learn more about available theme/housing options.

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Can I see virtual tours of rooms?
Yes, there are virtual tours of most university housing options.

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Can I see sample floor plans?
Floor plans are available in each college’s Student Life and Housing Guide. Learn more

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When will I hear about my room assignment?
Your housing assignment, including roommate information, will be sent to your UCSC email account by mid-August.

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What are the move-in dates?
Your move-in date will depend on where you are living, and whether you are a new or continuing student. Fall move-in dates are available in the summer on our housing web site, and move-in information will be included with the housing assignment information sent to you in August. Learn more

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Will I have to move out between quarters?
Winter Break: The period between fall and winter quarters—winter break—is not covered by the academic year housing contract. The residential facilities, as well as most dining locations, are closed during this time and students are not permitted to stay in residence; however, students do not have to move out their belongings. Learn more

Spring Break: The period of residence between winter and spring quarters is covered by the academic year housing contract and students may stay in residence. Please note that dining service in the dining halls is not available during this time.

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What’s included in my room?
Every residence hall and apartment room comes furnished with an extra-long twin bed (39"x80"), desk, chair, closet or wardrobe, and a bookcase or book shelves.

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Can I decorate my room?
If you wish to hang items on the wall to decorate you room, you can do so. Please use push pins or picture hangers. Using nails or screws is not permitted. Items may not be affixed to the ceiling. Students will be billed for any accidental or intentional property damage done to university property.

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What should I plan to bring with me?
We’ve compiled a list of items that you will need and might want to bring with you to make your life in university housing more comfortable. Bring only what can fit in your room—the residential communities have no storage space for your personal belongings. When it comes to electrical appliances, please consider energy efficient products. Learn more

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How do I secure my "stuff" in my room?
When it comes to you securing your personal property, the phrase 'better safe than sorry' is always applicable. Consider leaving valuables (like expensive jewelry, etc.) at home. But for those things that you do bring to college, here are some security suggestions:

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Should I get Renter's Insurance?
The University of California recommends students consider purchasing renters insurance if living away from home. (read more)

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Can I cook in my room?
For fire safety reasons, hot plates, electric or gas grills, toaster ovens or other cooking appliances are not allowed. Microwaves are permitted in the residence hall bedrooms.

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Are all the residential facilities smoke-free & tobacco free?
Yes, smoking is prohibited at UC Santa Cruz, including all university housing facilities and residences. In accordance with University policy, smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, the use of e-cigarettes, and the use of unregulated nicotine products is prohibited in all UC Santa Cruz facilities, on all University grounds, and on all University-owned and leased properties regardless of location. This policy applies to all indoor and outdoor areas, and is also applicable to all vehicles when on University property and to University controlled vehicles wherever in use. more»

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Can I burn candles (incense or sage) in my room?
No smoking materials, including the items listed above, can be burned in any residential room or apartment. Because of the high risk of fire, halogen lamps are also prohibited.

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Are pets allowed?
No pets (except fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller aquarium) are allowed in the residential facilities.

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Can I bring my guitar (drums, etc.) to campus?
Musical instruments are allowed in the residential facilities however amplification and drum sets are not permitted in the residential facilities. Instrument use must conform to established noise policies.

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How do I get my mail and what will my address be?
You will be able to receive mail and packages either at your residential facility or at your college. You will receive your mailbox number when you arrive on campus to move into your room. It is not possible to assign a mailbox prior to arrival and the residential facilities do not have space to store items, so plan to have any packages arrive after you do.

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Can I have overnight guests?
The housing contract allows a student to have a visitor stay in her/his room, with restrictions. Please talk to your roommate(s) about guests. Students may have a guest(s) for up to three (3) consecutive days and up to fifteen (15) days during one academic year. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times. See the Terms and Conditions of residence for specific policy details.

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Should I bring my bike?
If you like to ride, and don’t mind riding hills, then bikes can make getting around campus fun. Be sure to bring a high quality bike lock to secure it at the bike racks located on campus. When you arrive to campus you should contact UCSC police to register your bike. Learn more

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Can I bring my skateboard and in-line skates?
The use of skateboards, rollerskates or in-line skates anywhere on campus is prohibited. This policy is enforced by the UC Santa Cruz Police Department and citations are issued.

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What meal plan options are available?
Meal plans and Flexi Dollars are available to all students. The 7-day plan provides unlimited entry to the dining halls everyday, whereas the 5-day plan offers unlimited entry Monday through Friday only. Students living in residence halls must have the 7-Day or 5-Day meal plan. Students living in campus apartments can have the 7-Day, 5-Day, or 55 meals per quarter plan. Students who don't have a meal plan included in their housing contact can purchase any meal plan. Learn more

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What are Flexi Dollars and where can I use them?
A convenient alternative to carrying cash, Flexi Dollars are “food dollars” that get credited to a student’s UCSC ID Card and can be used to purchase food at various UC Santa Cruz Dining locations and many campus restaurants and coffee shops. Flexi Dollars are included in most meal plans, can be added to any plan, or purchased without a meal plan. Learn more

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What are meal equivalencies?
55 meals per quarter plan holders can convert a meal for dollar amount credit ($8.00 value per meal) at Banana Joe’s, Oakes Café, Owl’s Nest or Terra Fresca. Equivalencies cannot be converted into cash and are not refundable. No change is given if the value of the purchase is less than the meal equivalency credit. Meal equivalencies can also be used to purchase food through the grocery program. Learn more

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Can I change my meal plan?
During the summer, and during specified filing periods in fall and winter quarters, you may upgrade or downgrade your meal plan for the following quarter. See the Housing Calendar for the dates of each filing period.

Log in to Student Housing Online to submit your request. Both upgrades and downgrades are allowed during meal plan change filing periods. Outside of these filing periods, you may only upgrade your meal plan.

Questions? Contact meals@ucsc.edu

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How can I check my meal plan balances?
Log in to Student Housing Online to view the number of meals and Flexi Dollars currently on your dining account. Dining balances are updated nightly.

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Can I cancel my meal plan entirely?
A meal plan is included in the housing contract for students living in the campus residence halls and apartments and cannot be cancelled. Staff are available to assist you in making the most of your dining experience on campus. Consult with the dining staff at your local dining hall for assistance.

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Do the rooms have internet access?
There are Ethernet ports in all bedrooms, and all you need is an Ethernet capable computer and an Ethernet cable. For information about computer standards, specifications, or other questions, visit the Residential Networking (ResNet) web site at its.ucsc.edu/resnet.

If you have a computer with a wireless network card you may be able to access the campus wireless service. This service may or may not be available inside your bedroom, but is generally available in all study lounges, cafes, and libraries.

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Do the rooms have phone service?
Phone service is not a standard feature in student rooms. Most students rely on their cell phone as their primary phone while in residence. Additionally, hall phones are located in common areas of each residential community and are available for any residential student to use to make or receive calls at no cost. A calling card is needed to make long distance/toll calls. For students with special needs, a limited number of rooms (in fixed locations) are equipped with a land line (phone not included) and assigned annually according to applicant need and availability. These rooms must be specifically requested through the residential community housing office where you will be living.

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Will my cell phone work on campus?
UCSC's wooded and hilly terrain makes cell phone reception a challenge, however, IT Telecommunication Services continues to work with a variety of wireless telephone providers to bring the campus the best connection in wireless technology. Micro cellular antennas are installed at numerous locations on campus, providing coverage for major wireless providers. If your cell phone will be your primary phone contact don’t forget to update your contact information in the Student Portal.

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Who do I contact if I have a maintenance issue?
Maintenance staff are available for repairs in student rooms and throughout the residential buildings. If you have a maintenance issue in your room or apartment, you can submit a “fixit” ticket at http://fixit.ucsc.edu. If you have an urgent housing situation: water leak, broken door, broken window glass, etc. you can call facilities directly at: (831) 466-1820 or (831) 212-4089.

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Are laundry facilities available?
Yes. By the end of July 2017 all residential facilities will be equipped with new debit card or credit card-operated washers and dryers.

Patrons will be able to check the status of all equipment in the laundry room from their smart phones, identifying if a machine is available or how much time is remaining. Additionally, the equipment can send the user a notice when their laundry is done in the washer and/or dryer. 

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Are there ATMs on campus?
Bank of America, Bay Federal Credit Union, and Wells Fargo have on-campus automatic teller machines (ATMs) at Quarry Plaza. Some cafes on campus also have independent ATMs.

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What about campus safety and security?
While the university community and the town of Santa Cruz are considered friendly and relatively safe communities, neither is immune to the realities of the world.

Campus Police and Fire Departments, Community Safety Officers (CSO), and Residential Life & Housing staff are available 24/7 to campus residents.

You should take precautions to safeguard your personal security and be aware of vulnerable situations. Keep your roommate and neighbors informed of your whereabouts and when you will be returning home. When possible, travel with a friend and check campus maps for the lighted paths. Report any suspicious activity immediately to your college staff or the police. Your careful attention to security is in everyone’s best interest.

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How do I get around on campus?
UCSC is very pedestrian-friendly. Most students find it easy to walk to classes, etc. In addition, we have an extensive shuttle bus system. The university Transportation and Parking Services (known on campus as "TAPS") is responsible for parking and alternative forms of transportation. Visit the TAPS web site for more information.

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Can I purchase a parking permit on-campus?
Parking spaces are limited and all eligible students who bring a car to campus must purchase a permit in advance. Visit the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) web site for parking permit regulations and restrictions.

TAPS is also an excellent resource for information about bus passes, carpooling, car sharing (Zipcar), and ridesharing (Zimride).

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