2021-22 University Housing

We are all very much looking forward to the upcoming academic year when we will welcome more students to the UC Santa Cruz campus and into university housing. We know this past year has been extremely difficult for everyone in our community, and we are all excited by the prospect of a world far less constrained by the pandemic. Simply put, we’ve missed you all. 

Though our planning is not complete and the campus continues to await further public health guidance, details are coming into place and we want to provide you with information about university housing so that you can begin to carefully consider options for the coming year. With a strong rollout of the vaccine and declining cases of COVID-19, we will be able to increase the number of students who are living on campus in fall 2021. We are planning to accommodate as many students as possible, but regretfully, with a limited housing capacity not all interested students will be able to begin or continue their UCSC experience as an on-campus resident during fall 2021.

UC Santa Cruz remains committed to sustaining our sense of community, belonging, and connectedness for all students, regardless of whether they’re living on campus, nearby, or remaining remote for a bit longer. Our communities and affiliations are what tie us together as a proud UCSC cohort that is, collectively, Slug Strong.

We will update this website and send email communications to housing applicants as there is new information available.

University Housing Options

With optimism for a return to a more robust campus life, university housing staff will help provide residents a rich and rewarding experience within the constraints of this unusual time we are living through. Housing operations are being modified to offer:

  • Residence hall rooms configured primarily as singles, doubles, and triples. We don’t yet know if quad or quints will be offered.
  • Apartments with a variety of single, double, and triple rooms.
  • Additional resources:

We look forward to welcoming more students into university housing as public health circumstances allow. In some instances, students may be assigned to rooms that are configured to accommodate additional roommates (i.e. a triple room initially being assigned as a double). All furniture needs to remain in the room, and residents will be expected to welcome additional roommate(s)/housemate(s) when assigned by the university. The university reserves the right to assign or reassign students as necessary, and to initiate room rate adjustments based on the actual room accommodation.

Housing Priority

Our reduced housing capacity requires us to replace our pre-2019 housing guarantee system with a housing prioritization system. Priority for fall 2021 housing will initially be given to newly admitted fall 2021 frosh and transfer students, as well as various continuing student populations who meet all housing application requirements and deadlines. More details on priority groups.

Waiting Lists

The expected high numbers of students in the priority groups requesting university housing will likely mean that fewer students will be accommodated from the waiting list. We will work diligently to house as many additional students as possible, but we will not be able to accommodate all interested students. We recognize that this news is disappointing, and may cause many students to consider their off-campus housing options and/or their ability to continue with remote instruction during the fall.

Tips for students on housing waiting lists:

  • Be flexible. The more flexible you are when ranking room preferences in your application, the greater your chance of being assigned housing.
  • Be patient. We recognize that you are eager to be accommodated on campus, and your active application represents your interest in university housing. If your plans change, promptly cancel your application in the Housing Portal.
  • If a space matching one of the room preferences in your housing application becomes available, you will be assigned to the space. You will not receive notification prior to being assigned.
  • If there are no spaces available that match your room preferences, you may be offered a different room type if one becomes available. Alternate housing offers are made via UCSC email and students are required to accept the offer within twenty-four (24) hours or the offer is void and the space will be offered to another student. Closely monitor your UCSC email and/or set up email forwarding to have your UCSC email forwarded to another account you check regularly.

Off-Campus Housing

Whether you are on a campus housing waiting list and looking to explore your off-campus options or you’re not interested in living on campus and are looking for off-campus housing, you are encouraged to utilize the rental listings and other helpful online resources at communityrentals.ucsc.edu. An online Renters Workshop training is also available to help students optimize their rental search and provide valuable tips for first-time renters. 

The Places4Students.com rental listing site contains off-campus rentals in the communities surrounding UCSC, as well as roommate profiles of UCSC affiliates who are looking for off-campus housing. Viewing of rental listings and roommate profiles is restricted to UCSC affiliates so this is a great resource for all UCSC students!

What is the status of housing guarantees?

If I’m not interested in fall housing, can I apply for housing for winter quarter?

How do I cancel my housing application?