College Residence Halls and Apartments


Res Hall

Residence hall rooms are configured primarily as triples, with a limited number of other room types (singles, doubles, quads, quints, etc.).

College Apartments

Apartments are furnished and include a kitchen, dining room/living room, bathroom(s), and a variety of shared rooms (doubles, triples, and quads) and a limited number of singles.


Additional Housing Options

The Village

The Village
The Village is a community for students from all colleges, and features buildings with four singles and five small double bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchenette (no meal plan required). Residents have access to a spacious community building with complete kitchen stations and a dining area, and an on-site laundry facility. During the Room Selection Lottery students may participate individually or as a 2-person group to select a room. Groups cannot fill an entire building.

UTC downtown

University Town Center
The University Town Center has two- and three-person studio apartments with kitchenettes (no meal plan required), private bathrooms, a community lounge with large screen TV and full kitchen for community events, and a study lounge. The Town Center is located on the corner of Pacific and Cathcart streets in downtown Santa Cruz, one block from the Metro bus station, and amidst all that downtown has to offer, including cafés, restaurants, shops, galleries, a museum, movie theaters, the public library, and more!

Campuswide Theme Housing

Students accepted into campuswide theme options will be assigned spaces in theme housing prior to Room Selection.

ABC Themed Housing Communities

ABC themed living-learning communities are located at Cowell College, Stevenson College, Oakes College, Rachel Carson College, College Nine, and John R. Lewis College, and are available to students of any college affiliation. Directly connected to the Office of African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Student Success and the African American Resource & Cultural Center, these communities are designed for students whose interests span historical, present-day, and future experiences of predominantly African, Black, and Caribbean peoples. Supplemental application required. More about ABC Themed Housing Communities »

International Living Center (ILC)

Located at College Nine, the ILC is a unique living environment composed of both international and domestic students in an apartment/flat style living arrangement. This thriving community of residents from around the world lives and learns together to foster international understanding and form intercultural friendship. Supplemental application required. More about the International Living Center »

Trans-Inclusive Housing

Trans-Inclusive Housing communities are intended to create safer and supportive living spaces for students who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or different gender identity, and their allies, as well as students questioning their gender identity. Trans-Inclusive Housing communities are located in Merrill College residence halls (first-year students) and the Redwood Grove apartments (continuing and new transfer students). Supplemental application required. More about Trans-Inclusive Housing »

Substance Free Recovery Housing

UCSC’s Substance Free Recovery Housing offers students in recovery, and 100% committed to living completely substance free, the opportunity to live together in community. The residents are supported by The Cove, UCSC’s Harm Reduction and Recovery Community Center where professional and student staff can offer information, health and wellness coaching, peer education, mentorship, and referrals, as needed. To be considered, indicate a preference for this option in your housing application and then schedule an appointment with Jorge Bru where you can request access to the supplemental application. Supplemental application required.