What to Expect Living on Campus

Summer Session
Recommended Actions - Pre Arrival

COVID-19 PCR Test: Have a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test to confirm a negative test result prior to traveling to campus. Contact your medical provider or visit your county’s website to see what testing options are available. If you test positive, do not come to campus until your medical provider issues a clearance for you. If it is not possible for you to obtain this test in advance, know that all students can sign up to be tested shortly after arrival to the campus and on a regular basis thereafter.

Sequester: Students moving into UCSC residential facilities are asked to observe a 7-day sequester period before traveling to the campus.

Required Actions - Post Arrival

Vaccination Status: To make sure we know you’ve been vaccinated, upload your vaccine card and dates using Health e-Messenger. Log in with your CruzID and gold password. Go to Medical Clearances, then COVID-19 to add your dates and your card.

Sequester: Upon arrival in Santa Cruz, if you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to sequester for 7 days prior to engaging in campus activities. If you are fully vaccinated, you are able to move freely about the campus and its locale, within local COVID-19 guidelines.

Sequestering means minimizing in-person interactions between students, faculty, and staff, whether in the residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, or other campus locations where students congregate. Students may leave their residences only to participate in essential activities (e.g., on site classes, to purchase food, pick up mail, participate in low-risk outdoor recreational activities, employment, or obtain health care services).

We ask you to please plan to remain on the campus for these first seven days of your being an in-person Banana Slug. Once those seven days are over, you will be able to move more freely about the campus and its locale, within local COVID-19 guidelines.

We know that seven days sounds like a long time but we’ll do our best to keep you occupied, involved, and engaged to help make this time fly by.

lab-students-covid-cl-013.jpgImportant Health Information:

COVID-19 Testing: All unvaccinated residential students will need to test once a week. If you provided proof that you have been vaccinated to the Student Health Center, you are not required to test for COVID-19. Testing is always available as an option if you are interested. If you are exhibiting symptoms, contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center, or 911 for an emergency. Do not come to the testing locations. More information from the Student Health Center »

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 when the training is available.

Daily Symptom Screening: UC requires all on-campus students to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom screening survey and get regular COVID-19 tests. This applies to students living on campus or taking in-person classes. 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, schedule COVID-19 tests, and see your Clearance Badge. more »

Flu Vaccination: UC is currently finalizing a flu vaccine policy for 2021-22. We will update this website when the policy is final. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all students to get their flu vaccine. Get your vaccine no earlier than August 1, 2021. Flu shots will be available through Student Health Services. more »

COVID Vaccination: The University of California Office of the President issued a policy, effective July 15, 2021, that makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff accessing facilities at any UC campus beginning in fall term 2021.

What to Bring, and What NOT to Bring to College

As you prepare to come to UCSC, you may be wondering what you should pack. Our "What To Bring" page includes a handy list of items you may want to consider bringing. The list doesn't contain basics, like clothes, but does have things you might forget to pack. There's also a list of things you shouldn't bring, including fire hazards like candles and noisy items like drum sets. Be sure to check it out, especially the COVID-related items.

Important Technology Considerations

In order to make the most of your educational and personal entertainment needs when using the campus’s network connection, there are several recommendations to consider.

  • If you plan to bring a desktop computer, it is important to have a 5Ghz, wifi-enabled wireless card installed.
  • Cable television is available to residents via Xfinity. If you plan to use a television set, a Roku device or a Roku-enabled TV is required.
  • UCSC uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA, also known as two-step or 2-factor authentication, adds a second layer of protection to your UCSC account in addition to your username and password. MFA requires a device in addition to your primary computer, laptop, or tablet. UCSC’s Information Technology Services offers a list of devices recommended for this purpose.
  • Student rooms do not have access to the internet via ethernet ports. All internet access is wireless. An ethernet port may be present in some student rooms but these are not activated. Students who require an ethernet port as an accommodation must request its activation through the Disability Resource Center.
  • Routers should not be brought to campus - wireless or otherwise.
  • If you plan to bring a printer to campus, know that wireless printing is not an available service - you must establish a connection between the printer and the primary computing device via Bluetooth, a USB cable, or a thumb drive.

For more information regarding device compatibility as well as for instructions on how to get help, please visit ResWiFi Service. more »

Dining Meal Services 


The Porter/Kresge Dining Hall is open for in-person dining. Services for summer begins on Sunday, June 20, 2021, with service 7 days a week from 7AM–7PM.  More information about campus dining during move-in and for fall quarter will be available at starting September 1. Visit UCSC Dining for more information regarding locations, hours, and menus

If you have questions about dining or meal plans, please see or contact the Dining Administration

Move-In Parking

Temporary parking will be available for unloading. Please refer to the campus parking details from Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS).


Please unpack items for your room out of their original packaging before you get to campus to help us minimize cardboard and plastic waste. After you unpack your room, look for the cardboard corrals with orange fencing near existing dumpster areas - be sure to break down your cardboard boxes and separate out any plastic or styrofoam from the cardboard. Utilize the nearby recycling bins for plastic, the large plastic bags for styrofoam and landfill bins for any other items. 

Keeping Yourself and Others Well

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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. All members of the UCSC community are expected to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, and act with respect and consideration for those around them. 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.
  • Recommend 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 indoor public spaces: campus offices, dining halls, retail locations, residence hall hallways, all residential lounges/community rooms, all residential laundry rooms, and all residential bathrooms.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Unvaccinated individuals need to adhere to physical distancing protocols, which means maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others at all times. This includes when leaving your room to do your laundry, getting food in a dining hall, etc.

Protecting our community of Banana Slugs by following these guidelines is a great way to support our Principles of Community.

Contact Us

  • For general questions about move-in, sequestering, or COVID-19 testing, contact College Student Life Operations:
  • For questions about your room assignment and your college/community, contact your Housing Coordinator.
  • For questions about your housing bill or your housing application, contact the Campus Housing Office.

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