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Camper Park

A 42-space Camper Park located on the north side of campus offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique campus housing option. Students live in single-occupant recreational vehicles and share a community building with restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a lounge/study room.

Park Living

Living at the park is similar to living in a campground. Individual trailers have a sleeping area with table and a kitchenette with electricity and propane. The community building has a kitchen and outdoor grill area for cooking and picnic tables where residents often gather to have communal dinners and potlucks.

Most trailers do not have a bathroom or sewer connection, so residents use the communal facilities. Greywater tanks are connected to the kitchen sinks and residents must empty their tanks in the nearby greywater drainage system. The university provides portable electric heaters for heat.

The Camper Park receives no direct Ethernet service. Residents may utilize USB WiFi extenders to attempt to receive wireless service, though signal strength does vary and is impacted by the natural environment. If having a consistent internet connection with reliable service within your campus residence is important to you, or for the academic work that you are engaged in, then the Camper Park is not an appropriate choice for you.

One storage unit is provided for each space and residents may not bring additional storage units.

Program Overview

The park is currently transitioning from student-owned vehicles to ones owned and maintained by the university. Current residents who own their trailers, and who maintain their eligibility and maintain their units to appropriate standards, may continue to live in their own vehicles or may choose to remove their vehicle from the park and live in a university-owned vehicle, subject to availability. Student-owned vehicles are not eligible to be sold to other students for the purpose of remaining in the park; student-owned vehicles must be removed from the park as students graduate or otherwise separate from the university, or choose to move out of the park. As spaces become available the university will install university-owned vehicles and assign them to interested students.

Application Process

Download an application and submit it to The Village Office, Bldg. C1, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. Note: freshmen are not eligible to live at Camper Park during their first year.

Period of Residence

Academic year and quarter breaks only.

Personal Property

Student is liable for any loss or damage to personal property. Student is advised to obtain personal property insurance.


Electricity, water, and a limited amount of propane included. Eight of 42 spaces include a sewer connection; all others have greywater tanks and resident is responsible for emptying as needed.

Maintenance on University-owned Vehicles (interior and exterior)

Student submits maintenance requests ( and university staff perform necessary repairs and maintenance.

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