Housing & Dining

Campus Life - A Time and Place of Growth and Discovery

At UC Santa Cruz, all students are housed in small-scale residential communities, which provide close-knit living environments within the larger university. Live-in student and professional staff members provide orientation, support services, safety and crisis response, and a variety of social, educational, and cultural programs for residents.


The Housing Application

When you complete your online housing application you will have the opportunity to rank preferences for various room and theme options. This will give us an idea of the types of housing you are most interested in.

You will also be asked to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire. Roommate assignments are based on the questionnaire so it is in your best interest to answer the questions as fully, thoughtfully and honestly as possible. Specific roommate requests may be met as long as they are mutual.


Your Housing Experience

Assigning rooms and roommates is not an easy task. Your roommates may or may not become your best friends, but will surely be remembered simply because of the experiences you will share. We will do our best to find you compatible roommates, but please do not assume they will share all your lifestyle preferences. Regardless of where you live, remember one thing: much of what living on campus really offers is what you and students like yourself bring to it.

Your attitude toward, and your enthusiasm for, your new living situation is the real key in determining what your new life will be like. We do promise one thing… given the opportunity, we will do all we can to make you feel welcome and at home.

Living in a Triple Room

Residence Hall Living


Note: The Crown College residence hall buildings are being renovated to update and improve residential rooms for students during a three-year renovation project.

Our eight traditional residence halls house approximately 60-70 students per building. The lower quad houses (Descartes, Galileo, Gauss, Rutherford) share a cobbled courtyard with green trees while the upper quad houses (Galen, Harvey, Leonardo, Maxwell) are centered around an open grassy area with lots of sunlight.

Each house is three stories, shaped like an L, with a lower and upper wing on each floor, and a bathroom located in the middle. Also included are laundry facilities. Most freshmen reside in triple bedrooms, which comprise the majority of our rooms, and are generally located on the upper floors. There are a very limited number of large triple rooms, only two per hall. Attached to most halls is one loft, or quad, room accommodating four residents. Our double rooms are concentrated in the continuing student hall. Single rooms are limited, and usually reserved for continuing students.

Residence hall floor plan
Students Walking in front of Res Hall

Our buildings have single-gender and mixed-gender floors. Bathrooms may be mixed-gender and are designed to ensure privacy. On single-gender floors, bathrooms are primarily used by people identifying as that gender. Residents work out a routine for bathroom use to allow for privacy and time needs.

Several of our traditional Residence Hall activities have included cooking classes, movie nights, off-campus excursions to museums or concerts, holiday activities, and study breaks. Historically, our residents describe themselves as focused students who enjoy the outdoors (mountain biking, camping, beach-going), music (R&B, punk, classical/new age, rock), movies (anime, drama, science fiction), video games, dancing (popular, salsa, swing), and sports (basketball, swimming, running, tennis).

Apartment Living
In addition to the residence halls, our college also has apartments that house students in shared and private rooms. The apartments are available to upper-division students.

Crown College Room Options


Floor plan for triple room

The large triple rooms are located at the corner of the L of each building. Large triples on the third floor have the vaulted ceilings.

Large Triple

Floor plan for large triple

Quad Loft

Floor plan for quad loft room

There are six of these quad loft room configurations. Students in these spaces have a full private bathroom and a private outdoor entrance. An interior door leads into the house on the first floor. This is ideal for students who need to have a single-gender bathroom.


Floor plan for double room

All double rooms are approximately the same size, however the ones on the third floor have vaulted ceilings that often make them appear larger. Only two per building in first-year student houses.


Floor plan for single room

There are a limited number of single rooms on the first floors of each building. Most of these rooms are reserved for continuing (current UCSC students) students. 10 per house.

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Housing Options and Themes

In addition to room options, there are also a variety of housing themes and options for those who are interested. Based on academic pursuits, hobbies, individual backgrounds, and lifestyle preferences, these living/learning options complement a student's experience in residence.

Residence Hall. Dedicated students who are also enthusiasts of gaming/computer game design, video games, and virtual reality (supplemental application required).

Apartment. A unique living environment composed of both international and domestic students in an apartment/flat style living arrangement. This thriving community of residents from around the world lives and learns together to foster international understanding and form intercultural friendship. Students will have the option to take a 2-unit Intercultural Understanding class in the Fall quarter. Explore your global perspectives! (Supplemental application required). Learn more »

Residence Hall and Apartment. Students of any gender live on the same floor or apartment and share a commitment to cooperative living through respect and consideration for one another. Bedrooms are single-gender while bathrooms may be designated as mixed-gender with private toilet and shower stalls.

Residence Hall. Students interested in outdoor activities and sustainability, from sports to community service (supplemental application required).

Residence Hall. Students agree to maintain a quiet environment to enhance study.

Residence Hall and Apartment. R.PAATH: Rosa Parks African American Theme Housing provides a living-learning space for students whose interests span historical, present-day, and future experiences of predominantly African American, Black, and Caribbean peoples. Designed to intentionally create space for students to feel connected, safer, and supported in a community centered on the experiences of Black/African American/Caribbean peoples, R.PAATH is available to students of any college affiliation. Students develop cultural competency/cultural intelligence and ally development through organizing, living, studying, and socializing with peers passionate about political, cultural, popular, social, and economic issues of the African Diaspora (supplemental application required). Learn more »

Residence Hall. Science Learning Community members are able to build community within a cohort collectively working towards academic excellence within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math major pathways.

Residence Hall and Apartment. Students of a single gender live on the same floor or apartment (availability is based upon demand). Bathrooms are primarily used by individuals who identify with that gender.

Residence Hall and Apartment. Trans-inclusive Housing areas are intended to create safer and supportive living spaces for transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming (GNC), and gender nonbinary (GNB) students, as well as questioning and ally-students. Students may room together regardless of gender. Please note that this room assignment is likely to be on a mixed-gender floor/apartment and all students share common areas (e.g. bathrooms). Students who do not request a roommate(s) on their housing application will be assigned a roommate(s) based on preferences expressed in the housing application and a follow-up correspondence with a housing staff member, if necessary. Only students who indicate an interest will be assigned to Trans-inclusive Housing (supplemental application required). Learn more »

UC Santa Cruz Dining

Our dining program is as much a part of your college life and experiences as academics. Students find mealtime an opportunity to meet friends, visit and relax, study, and, of course . . . eat! All students living in campus residence halls have a meal plan included in their housing contract. Meal plans are optional for apartment residents.

With the convenience of five all-you-care-to-enjoy dining halls situated throughout the campus, you’re never far from satisfying your cravings. Your student ID card, which also functions as your meal card and bus pass, may be used at any of the dining halls.


Deliciously Sustainable

We strive each day to prepare delicious, fresh menus throughout breakfast, lunch, and dinner including your in-between hunger attacks! Our ever rotating menus will keep you from getting bored and yet we will look to always keep your favorites available.

Our program is nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability and this means plenty of local and organic selections available to you. A wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options are available throughout the day and night, and we work closely with the campus Student Health Center to develop meals for those with restricted diets. Our staff continually strives to meet your needs.

Salad Bar at the Dining Hall

Crown College residence hall
Crown College Night
Mural in Crown residence hallway
Fountain at Crown College