Graduate Student Housing

About Graduate Student Housing

Graduate Student Housing is an intimate community housing a diverse group of residents, including students from all over the United States and the world.

Three apartment buildings are located adjacent to "Science Hill", home to many of UCSC's main academic facilities. Each apartment has four single bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. View virtual tours.

Starting Summer 2024, three additional four-bedroom apartments at Redwood Grove will be converted to graduate student housing. 

  • The apartments at Redwood Grove are similar to those at Graduate Student Housing and the building (Building 16) is located very close to the Graduate Student Housing community (check the Graduate Housing map in the image gallery shown below on this page).
  • Some things for students assigned to a space at Redwood Grove to note are:
    • The monthly rate is the same as Graduate Student Housing.
    • Bathroom layouts in these apartments are different from the Graduate Student Housing bathroom layout (check the floor plan images shown below on this page).
    • There is no direct mail service for these apartments at Redwood Grove.
    • It is not yet known if students will be eligible for a parking permit at the Graduate Student Housing lot.

Application Processes

Apply for Graduate Student Housing through the Housing Portal. Space is limited.

When to apply:

  • Continuing graduate students are encouraged to apply by May 10, 2024.
  • New graduate students: The housing application period is May 2-10, 2024.

Applicants who cannot be assigned housing will be placed on a waiting list, and all late applications will be waitlisted.

Contract options:

  • 12-month contract: July 1–June 30
  • 10-month contract: September 1–June 30

If you receive a housing assignment after September 1, your contract date will be your move-in date as assigned by the GSH Housing Coordinator.

Applying For Winter And Spring Quarters

Applications for Winter and Spring quarters typically open two months before the start of those quarters. Students on the waitlist for summer or fall will need to update their applications if they wish to remain on the waitlist for housing beginning in winter or spring.

Assignment Process

Most housing is assigned between May and June. A waitlist is maintained throughout the year and a limited amount of space may become available during the academic year. Space in on-campus Graduate Student Housing is primarily intended for year-round residents with 12-month contracts.

The order in which assignments to graduate student housing are considered:

  • Current Graduate Student Housing residents who apply for a 12-month contract during the continuing student application period.*
  • Other new and continuing graduate students who apply for a 12-month contract during their respective application periods.*
  • New and continuing graduate students who apply for a 10-month contract during their respective application periods.*
  • New and continuing graduate students who apply after the application periods. Late applications ordered by application received date.*

* If necessary, a lottery will be conducted to determine the assignment order.


Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

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