Frequently Asked Questions


Getting Started

How am I assigned to a UCSC college?

How do I request university housing?

What housing options are available to me?

Can I see virtual tours of rooms?

Can I see sample floor plans?

When will I hear about my room assignment?


Living in Campus Housing

What are the move-in dates?

Will I have to move out between quarters?

What’s included in my room?

Can I decorate my room?

How do I secure my "stuff" in my room?

Should I get Renter's Insurance?

Can I cook in my room?

Are all the residential facilities smoke-free?

Can I burn candles (incense or sage) in my room?

Are pets allowed?

Can I bring my guitar (drums, etc.) to campus?

How do I get my mail and what will my address be?

Can I have overnight guests?

Should I bring my bike?

Can I bring my skateboard and in-line skates?


Meal Plans and Flexi Dollars

What meal plan options are available?

Can I change my meal plan?

Can I cancel my meal plan entirely?

What are Flexi Dollars and where can I use them?


Services and Resources for Residents

Do the rooms have internet access?

Do the rooms have phone service?

Will my cell phone work on campus?

Who do I contact if I have a maintenance issue?

Are laundry facilities available?

Are there ATMs on campus?

What about campus safety and security?

How do I get around on campus?

Can I purchase a parking permit on-campus?