Information on COVID-19 and student housing

Winter quarter move-in information for new residents »


Important Health Information:

COVID Vaccination & Booster

The University of California Office of the President issued a policy that makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff accessing facilities at any UC campus. In addition, for students who are eligible to receive a booster, the deadline is January 31, 2022. The UCSC Student Health Center has information about uploading proof of vaccination to Health e-Messenger and more details. 

Free COVID boosters January 19–21, 8:30am–4:15pm by appointment only at Stevenson Event Center. Open to all currently enrolled students who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster. more »

COVID-19 Testing

Winter Quarter Pre-Arrival Testing

All incoming residential students must secure a negative COVID test result within 24 hours of their anticipated arrival. If you would like to be sent a free COVID home-test kit, request your test kit via this website while logged into your UCSC account. These are available while supplies last. Students who receive a kit should self-administer a test within 24 hours of anticipated arrival. IMPORTANT: If you test positive DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS until you are out of isolation per CDPH guidelines; isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you have a negative COVID test result.

Winter Quarter Post-Arrival Testing

  • NOT Fully Vaccinated Students
  • Test at on-campus testing site within 48 hours of arrival
  • Ongoing testing at on-campus testing site at least once every 4 days, unless student becomes fully vaccinated
  • Fully Vaccinated Students
  • Test at on-campus testing site within 48 hours of arrival
  • Ongoing testing at on-campus testing site every 14 days after initial test

Through at least January 31, UC Santa Cruz will be offering weekend COVID-19 testing for students living in university housing. No appointments are required for weekend testing. Self-administered kits will be provided and collected on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday outside the Porter Dining Hall and at the Merrill Cultural Center.

Weekday testing will continue Monday through Friday at the Merrill Cultural Center, with appointments scheduled through Fulgent.

If you are exhibiting symptoms, do not go to the campus testing locations; instead contact your health care provider, the Student Health Center at (831) 459-2500, or 911 for an emergency. More information from the Student Health Center »

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. 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, and see your Clearance Badge. more »

Guests should complete the Visitor symptom screening.

Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccine is required for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on site at UC facilities. See the UCSC Health Center website for more information.

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 about the training.

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.
  • Use 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, all residential bathrooms, and residence hall personal student rooms if the door is opened to a hallway. 
  • 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 

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:

UCSC Slug Strong


Student Health Center COVID-19 Information