Information on COVID-19 and student housing

What to Expect Living on Campus

Important information about pre arrival, move-in, and post arrival »


Important Health Information:

Test twice a week

COVID-19 Testing
Unvaccinated students (undergraduate and graduate) who are living in university housing or are on-site for classes, research, employment, or other activities are required to have COVID-19 tests every four days.

Instructions for testing »

COVID Testing Hours & Locations

COVID-19 Testing: All unvaccinated residential students will need to test every four days and schedule testing via the Student Health Center. All vaccinated residential students that have provided proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center via Health E-Messenger, and have completed the initial testings related to move-in, are encouraged to continue testing at least twice a month. If you are exhibiting symptoms, contact your health care provider, the Student Health Center, or 911 for an emergency. Do not come to the testing locations. More information from the Student Health Center »

COVID-19 Training: All students living on campus will be automatically enrolled in and required to complete a COVID awareness and best-practices training - Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus. Students will receive notification via email to their UCSC account when the training is available.

Daily Symptom Screening: The University of California Office of the President requires all on-campus students to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom screening survey. Guests should complete the Visitor symptom screening. Students who are unvaccinated must additionally take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test every 4 days. This applies to all students living on campus or who come to campus for any reason Students will receive a daily email or text reminder to track symptoms using the online patient portal, Health e-Messenger. With Health e-Messenger, you'll do daily symptom surveys, schedule COVID-19 tests, and see your Clearance Badge. more »

COVID Vaccination: 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 term 2021. The UCSC Student Health Center has information about uploading proof of vaccination to Health e-Messenger and more details. 

Flu Vaccination: See the UCSC Health Center Website for more information. In order to satisfy this year's immunization requirement, you must receive the 2021-2022 Influenza vaccine version on or after August 1, 2021 and before the deadline on October 31, 2021.

Keeping Yourself and Others Well

We know that in this time of COVID-19, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent handwashing are critical to limiting the spread of infection. Our intention is to provide a positive on-campus experience while abiding by county, state, and campus 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, and testing protocols as instituted by the university.
  • Recommend caution when congregating, gathering, or hanging out in indoor common spaces.
  • All vaccinated and unvaccinated university affiliates and guests need to wear face coverings/masks in all indoor public spaces: campus offices, dining halls, retail locations, residence hall hallways, all residential lounges/community rooms, all residential laundry rooms, and all residential bathrooms.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

Protecting our community of Banana Slugs by following these guidelines is a great way to support our Principles of Community.

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

Stay Slug Strong!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Sequestering After Move-in or Travel (for those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and recommended for those who have recently traveled)

How will students get mail during their on-campus sequester period?

Will student movement around campus be limited to a particular area?

Will students be able to leave campus for trips during the quarter? / Will residents be allowed to spend a night off campus?

How will sequestering be enforced?

Campus Services

Will dining halls be open?

Will the cafés on campus be open?

Will the libraries be open?

Will a gym or work out facilities be open?

What are the expectations for shared spaces like the bathroom, laundry room, etc.?

COVID-19 Testing

What type of COVID-19 testing method will be used?

How long does COVID-19 testing take?

What is the frequency for getting regular COVID-19 testing?

Who will be tested?

What if a student tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes ill?

Policy Changes

What is the motivation for changes in policy? Why do changes happen?

What do I do if I have concerns about guests on my floor?

How many people can I have in my room at one time? 

Can I bring off campus guests (i.e. friends or family) to campus and into my room?

At what point will this new policy change be in effect?

Managing Risk

How do I manage the risk of exposure as more people are in/moving around the building?

If I have been vaccinated, do I still need to follow these policies?

Where can I find more information about the status of positive COVID cases in Santa Cruz county? On campus at UCSC?

What happens when the Delta variant or other variants become a threat to our community?


You can find additional information on the following sites:

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