Information on COVID-19 and UCSC student housing

As you know from previous campus messages, most fall quarter courses will be offered online or remotely, with a limited number of in-person lab and studio classes. Though most instruction will be remote, university housing will be open in the fall.

We are working to balance our commitment to the residential experience while prioritizing the health and well-being of all students and the surrounding community. To allow us to significantly reduce our overall housing capacity and focus on a smaller on-campus population, all student rooms will be assigned as singles or doubles (no triples or quads). Residence halls will be primarily single-occupancy rooms, while campus apartments may have a combination of single and double-occupancy bedrooms (apartments will have five or fewer total residents). Updated housing rates are now available.

We know you are considering a number of factors as you prepare for next year, including the extent that you may be able to complete your fall courses remotely from off-campus or your need to be on campus at UCSC. Priority for housing placement will be given to various continuing UCSC student populations, new first-year and new transfer students affiliated with the Renaissance Scholars program, and other new transfer students.

Importantly, we also encourage any UCSC student to apply for university housing if they do not have access to alternate housing, come from a housing insecure household, or if they lack reliable access to the infrastructure needed to support remote learning.



Frequently Asked Questions

How will housing for fall 2020 be affected?

Do I need to explain my reason(s) for wanting to live on-campus in the fall?

What if my plans change and I need to cancel my fall housing application?

Is the Advance Housing Fee refundable?

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



Keeping Yourself and Others Well

We look forward to the day when all students can enjoy a more robust and active campus life. We also know that in this time of COVID-19, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent handwashing are critical to limiting the spread of infection. All members of the UCSC community are expected to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, and act with respect and consideration for those around them. Our intention is to provide a positive on-campus experience while abiding by county and state public health practices and protocols, including asking all residents to agree to:

  • Comply with university, local, state, and national public health directives.
  • Participate in all required pre-arrival protocols, vaccination requirements, daily symptom check protocols, temperature check, and testing protocols as instituted by the University.
  • The campus currently plans to require a 14-day period of sequester after a student’s arrival on campus before classes begin. With this, it is very likely that move-in will take place much earlier than in previous years.
  • Avoid congregating, gathering, or hanging out in common spaces.
  • Wear face coverings in common areas and public spaces, in campus offices, dining halls, and retail locations.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Adhere to physical distancing protocols, which means maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others at all times. This includes when leaving your room to do your laundry, getting food in a dining hall, etc.
  • Follow the “no guest” policy. All living areas are considered “residents-only" communities. Additionally, residents may not visit each other’s rooms in-person, even if they live in the same residential facility.

We will continue to monitor and implement recommendations and guidelines from the appropriate authorities.

You can find additional information on the following sites:

UCSC Main Site: