New Undergraduate Students: How to Apply for University Housing

Students accepting the offer of admission to UC Santa Cruz must complete the online acceptance process at During this multi-step acceptance process you will be asked to:

  • Rank your top five UCSC college preferences. You may also choose to indicate “no preference,” as many students do, meaning you will be fine with any of UCSC’s 10 colleges.
  • Indicate a preference for university housing and submit payment for the required $150 advance housing fee. The advance housing fee is applied to your first quarter's housing charges and is fully refundable if you cancel your request for university housing by your housing application deadline.

Students who indicate a preference for university housing when accepting their offer of admission and meet all housing application deadlines are eligible for a one-year housing guarantee.

Once you have completed the acceptance process, and after the acceptance deadline (May 15 for freshmen; June 1 for transfers), the Admissions Office will assign you to a college. The assignment takes into account available space at each college and the preferences you have indicated.

In mid-May for new freshmen, and mid-June for new transfer students, the Campus Housing Office will send you information about your college affiliation and instructions for completing the online housing application at

The housing options available to you will differ, depending on which college you are affiliated with and whether you are a new freshman or a new transfer student. These residential settings provide academically and socially supportive environments to help new students transition to campus life and get the most out of their UCSC experience. Freshmen are generally assigned to live at their colleges. Incoming transfer students (regardless of college affiliation) are eligible to live at the Transfer Community, Redwood Grove, or the University Town Center.

Note: If you have indicated a preference for finding your own off-campus housing, you will be mailed information about the Community Rentals Office.

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