While some students select their own housing, others are assigned housing by their Housing Coordinator. Whether you were not invited to participate in room selection or you decided not to choose one of the spaces available, your active application represents your interest in being assigned housing.

We set aside some housing space for new incoming students, and then make adjustments during the summer once we know how many new students will be joining our campus. Likewise, any time a student cancels a reserved space or an assignment is changed, the available space is assigned immediately to a student on the wait list.

Each community maintains a guaranteed and non-guaranteed student wait list. Students on the guaranteed wait list have priority for placement; if all spaces at the applied-for-community are assigned, a guaranteed student may be assigned housing at another community with available space. Non-guaranteed applications will not be considered until all housing guarantees at all communities have been honored.

Students at Cowell College

Important reminders for guaranteed wait list applicants:

  • Be patient and flexible as we continue through this portion of the housing assignment process.
  • Your guarantee ensures a space in university housing, but not a specific community or room type. We are committed to providing a space to all guaranteed students.
  • Contact your Housing Coordinator if you would like to update the room preferences listed in your housing application.
  • If a space matching your preference(s) is not available, your Housing Coordinator may offer you an alternative. Check your UCSC email for updates, and keep your contact information up-to-date in the Student Portal.
  • If you fail to respond to an offer of housing or you opt to wait for one of your preferred spaces, you will be moved to the non-guaranteed waitlist.
  • If at any time your plans change and you are no longer interested in university housing it is your responsibility to immediately cancel your application (studenthousing.ucsc.edu). There is no fee for cancelling an application prior to a space being assigned; cancellation fees will apply in all cases of a student cancelling a confirmed housing space.

 

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Important reminders for non-guaranteed wait list applicants:

  • Once all guaranteed students have been accommodated, we will assign any remaining space to non-guaranteed students on the wait list. We cannot predict when or what type of spaces may become available, or how many non-guaranteed students we will be able to accommodate prior to the start of fall quarter.
  • We will not have sufficient housing inventory for all non-guaranteed students.
  • Keep your contact information (cell phone, permanent phone) up-to-date in the Student Portal. Also, be sure to check your UCSC email often as housing staff may need to contact you.
  • In addition to considering university housing, non-guaranteed students should familiarize themselves with the resources available through the UCSC Community Rentals Office, beginning with the online "Renters’ Workshop" which educates first-time renters.
  • If at any time your plans change and you are no longer interested in university housing it is your responsibility to immediately cancel your application (studenthousing.ucsc.edu). There is no fee for cancelling an application prior to a space being assigned; cancellation fees will apply in all cases of a student cancelling a confirmed housing space.