Early Arrival Program

Students who have a valid need to move into their fall housing assignment before the scheduled move-in date for their college or residential facility may request an early arrival.

To be eligible, a student must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Student’s on-campus employer requires them to start working prior to the start of the fall quarter.
  • Student is participating in a training or orientation program with a UCSC program, department, or college prior to the start of the fall quarter.
  • Student is a university housing resident for the duration of the summer (see summer housing information).
  • Student has a disability-related need to occupy their housing assignment earlier than their scheduled move-in date.
  • Student's move-in date is scheduled to occur during a religious holiday. Please note: the academic calendars and move in structure have been developed to avoid scheduling conflicts with major religious holidays. For more information please see the UC Policy for Addressing Religious Holiday Conflicts with Residence Hall "Move-In" Days (PDF).
  • Other exceptional needs may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to the review of a student’s housing community.


Request Process:

  • Eligible students (based on the above criteria) may submit an early arrival request through the Housing Portal.
  • Requests will be accepted Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 18 and are subject to the review and approval of the student’s residential community. Students will be notified at their UCSC email once a decision has been made regarding their early arrival request.
  • If the student’s request is approved they are expected to arrive 10:00AM–Noon or 1:00–4:00PM on their designated early arrival date and to adhere to all move-in instructions and all recommended and required actions for all campus residents.

Early Arrival Options: 



Rate (per student)

One-day Program

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


Three-day Program

Monday, September 18, 2023


Six-day Program

Friday, September 15, 2023


Note: A dining plan is not included during the early arrival period, and campus dining locations have limited hours and menus. Visit the dining website for details on campus eateries and additional options.