2021-22 University Housing

We are all very much looking forward to the upcoming academic year. With a strong rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, we will be able to welcome more students to the UC Santa Cruz campus and into university housing.

The University of California Office of the President issued a policy, effective July 15, 2021, that makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff accessing facilities at any UC campus beginning in fall 2021.

We are planning to accommodate as many students as possible in university housing, but regretfully, not all interested students will be able to live in campus housing.

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.

Housing Priority

Priority for fall 2021 housing is 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

All housing communities are continuing to assign students in the priority groups. Students will be sent a confirmation email at their UCSC email once they have been assigned housing, and information about the specific housing assignment (including who they will be living with) will be provided in mid-August. Once students in priority groups are assigned, the number of spaces for students on waiting lists will be very limited. Please give thoughtful consideration to the tips below.

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. Update your application in the Housing Portal if you want to add more room preferences.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the Housing Portal (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. See Cancellation Policy below.
  • Explore off-campus housing options. See Off-Campus Housing below for more info.

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.
  • Take the free, online training, the Renters Workshop, which teaches students how to optimize their rental search and provides 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!
  • If you successfully find off-campus housing before being assigned a space on campus, immediately cancel your waitlist application to avoid being charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation Policy

It is your responsibility to cancel your application via the Housing Portal if you are accepted into an exchange program, found other housing, or do not plan to attend UCSC.

There is no fee for cancelling a waitlist application.

There is a fee for cancelling a confirmed housing space.

Cancellation Date

Cancellation Fee

On or before July 1


July 2 through August 1


After August 1


Frequently Asked Questions About 2021-22 Housing

When will I hear back about my housing assignment?

If I am a continuing student who is not in one of the priority groups for Fall 2021, should I start looking for off-campus housing?

When will move-in be for fall 2021?

If I was admitted from the waitlist, can I appeal my college affiliation assignment?

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?