Housing & Dining

Campus Life - A Time and Place of Growth and Discovery

At UC Santa Cruz, all students are housed in small-scale residential communities, which provide close-knit living environments within the larger university. Live-in student and professional staff members provide orientation, support services, safety and crisis response, and a variety of social, educational, and cultural programs for residents.

 

The Housing Application

When you complete your online housing application you will have the opportunity to rank preferences for various room and theme options. This will give us an idea of the type of housing you are most interested in.

You will also be asked to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire. Roommate assignments are based on the questionnaire so it is in your best interest to answer the questions as fully, thoughtfully and honestly as possible. Specific roommate requests may be met as long as they are mutual.

 

Your Housing Experience

Assigning rooms and roommates is not an easy task. Your roommates may or may not become your best friends, but will surely be remembered simply because of the experiences you will share. We will do our best to find you compatible roommates, but please do not assume they will share all your lifestyle preferences. Regardless of where you live, remember one thing: much of what living on campus really offers is what you and students like yourself bring to it.

Your attitude toward, and your enthusiasm for, your new living situation is the real key in determining what your new life will be like. We do promise one thing… given the opportunity, we will do all we can to make you feel welcome and at home.

Living in a Triple Room


Residence Hall Living

 

Most new students will live in triple rooms. Porter has a limited number of double rooms. Single rooms are generally only available to continuing students.

Residence Hall exterior doors are controlled by a card access system. Your student ID card serves as your residence hall key into the buildings and only Porter residence hall members have access. To gain access to the buildings, a guest must call to arrange admittance. Additionally, your student ID card serves as your room key.

Apartment Living
In addition to the residence halls, our college also has apartments that house students in shared and private rooms. The apartments are available to upper-division students.

Students walking in Porter plaza
 

Porter College Room Options

Triple

Floor plan for triple room

Our triple rooms appear to have a larger floor footprint due to the arrangement of the furniture. The low price makes them a popular selection and therefore may be limited in availability.

Large Triple

Floor plan for large triple

Double

Floor plan for double room

Single

Floor plan for single room

The limited number of single rooms are generally only available to continuing students. As singles are in high demand all year, we keep a Singles Wait List in the Porter Housing Office in the event one becomes available. You can add your name to the list at any time during the year. Your position on the wait list may be determined by your age, class level and length of on campus residency—not solely by when you sign up.

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Housing Options and Themes

In addition to room options, there are also a variety of housing themes and options for those who are interested. Based on academic pursuits, hobbies, individual backgrounds, and lifestyle preferences, these living/learning options complement a student's experience in residence.

Residence Hall. Students who are 21 years of age or older at the time of move-in. Students agree to maintain a quiet environment to enhance study.

Residence Hall. Dedicated students who are also enthusiasts of gaming/computer game design, video games, and virtual reality. Only available in mixed-gender areas.

Apartment. A unique living environment composed of both international and domestic students in an apartment/flat style living arrangement. This thriving community of residents from around the world lives and learns together to foster international understanding and form intercultural friendship. Students will have the option to take a 2-unit Intercultural Understanding class in the Fall quarter. Explore your global perspectives! (Supplemental application required). Learn more »

Residence Hall. This housing option allows those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and other identities within the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies to live together in an open and supportive environment. (Only available in mixed-gender areas.)

Residence Hall and Apartment. Students of any gender live on the same floor or apartment and share a commitment to cooperative living through respect and consideration for one another. Bedrooms are single-gender while bathrooms may be designated as mixed-gender with private toilet and shower stalls.

Residence Hall. R.PAATH provides a living-learning space for students whose interests span historical, present-day, and future experiences of predominantly African American, Black, and Caribbean peoples. Designed to intentionally create space for students to feel connected, safe and supported in a community centered on the experiences of Black/African American peoples, R.PAATH is available to students of any college affiliation. Students develop Cultural Competency/Cultural Intelligence and ally development through organizing, living, studying, and socializing with peers passionate about political, cultural, popular, social and economic issues of the African Diaspora (supplemental application required). Learn more »

Residence Hall and Apartment. Students of a single gender live on the same floor or apartment (availability is based upon demand). Bathrooms are primarily used by individuals who identify with that gender.

Residence Hall. Students agree not to consume alcohol, marijuana, other drugs, or any tobacco products, or bring any of these substances into the residence.

Residence Hall and Apartment. Trans-inclusive Housing areas are intended to create safer and supportive spaces to live for transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming (GNC), and gender nonbinary (GNB) students, and their allies. Students may room together regardless of gender or legal gender. Please note that this room assignment is likely to be on a mixed-gender floor/apartment and all students share common areas (e.g. bathrooms). Students who do not request a roommate(s) on their housing application will be assigned a roommate(s) based on preferences expressed in the housing application and a follow-up conversation with a housing staff member, if necessary. Only students who indicate an interest will be assigned to Trans-inclusive Housing (supplemental application required). Learn more »

Residence Hall. Students who prefer a residence hall without a theme. Available in mixed-gender and single-gender areas.

UC Santa Cruz Dining

Our dining program is as much a part of your college life and experiences as academics. Students find mealtime an opportunity to meet friends, visit and relax, study, and, of course . . . eat! All students living in campus residence halls and apartments have a meal plan included in their housing contract.

With the convenience of five all-you-care-to-enjoy dining halls situated throughout the campus, you’re never far from satisfying your cravings. Your student ID card, which also functions as your meal card and bus pass, may be used at any of the dining halls.

 

Deliciously Sustainable

We strive each day to prepare delicious, fresh menus throughout breakfast, lunch, and dinner including your in-between hunger attacks! Our ever rotating menus will keep you from getting bored and yet we will look to always keep your favorites available.

Our program is nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability and this means plenty of local and organic selections available to you. A wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options are available throughout the day and night, and we work closely with the campus Student Health Center to develop meals for those with restricted diets. Our staff continually strives to meet your needs.

Salad Bar at the Dining Hall
 
What to Bring to College

Addtional Housing & Dining Resources


Students studying in Porter College plaza
Porter/Kresge Dining Hall
Porter wave statue
Students walking at Porter College