Move-in Schedule

Thursday, September 16 | 8am–4pm

Frosh Day #1

Friday, September 17 | 8am–4pm

Frosh Day #2

Saturday, September 18 | 8am–4pm

Transfer Students

Sunday, September 19 | 8am–4pm

Rising Sophomore Class/Continuing Students

Monday, September 20 |9am–4pm

Continuing Students

Tuesday, September 21 | 9am–4pm

Continuing Students

Wednesday, September 22 | 9am–4pm

Continuing Students

Note: Once you arrive on campus at your scheduled check-in time, please make your way to your college.

Sign-up links for specific arrival times will be issued by email. You will be expected to adhere to this scheduled move-in appointment to receive keys, unload your vehicle, and move your belongings to your room. You must arrive at your scheduled time as limiting the number of people on campus at any given time is essential to COVID-19 mitigation efforts. If students need to modify their selected appointment, please contact your Housing Coordinator.

  • We strongly encourage continuing students to consider arriving on Monday, September 20, Tuesday, September 21, or Wednesday, September 22, in order to avoid traffic congestion and long check-in lines while our new students move in. 

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing


Students who are not compliant with the vaccine policy by September 9 will have a hold placed on their student account beginning September 10 and will be unable to move into university sponsored housing. Students may also be subject to the university’s disciplinary process.

To be compliant with the UC Vaccine Policy, students must be completely vaccinated and upload proof of their vaccination, including type and dates of doses, to Health e-Messenger OR must have applied for an exception or deferral by September 9th. 

There are important health and COVID mitigation actions you should expect to follow before and after you arrive at UCSC. Please note that these are subject to change based on public health guidelines related to the pandemic or other campus conditions. These actions include:

Required Actions - Pre Arrival

ALL students — even vaccinated students — arriving to campus for move-in are required to take either an Antigen or a PCR COVID-19 test within the 72 hours prior to move-in and must demonstrate proof of a negative test result at the time of move-in. UCSC will accept digital Antigen or PCR COVID-19 negative test results, but a hard copy is strongly preferred at move-in. The over-the-counter BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test kit, capable of displaying a result through the Navica app, will be accepted. 

If you choose the BinaxNOW Antigen Self Test option, follow these steps carefully (click to expand)

If the result of this test is positive, immediately contact a physician for further instructions and do not come to campus until cleared by your physician. Please upload this positive result to Health e-Messenger and contact the Student Health Center for further instruction. It is possible that you may have previously experienced COVID-19 within the last three months and not known about it.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 3 months of your move-in appointment — that is, if you tested positive in the June/August timeframe — you should bring your positive test result and documentation stating that you have completed a 10-day isolation period in advance of your move-in appointment.

Students who are in process but not yet fully vaccinated and moving into UCSC residential facilities must observe a 7-day self-isolation period before traveling to the campus. During this self-isolation period, students are asked to avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Students who are seeking an exception from being vaccinated but have not submitted that request by 9/9 are not permitted to check-in and should not plan to come to campus until they have submitted that documentation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Compliance with the UC Vaccine policy and negative test documentation presented at move-in is only a first step in compliance with campus requirements. ALL residential students living on campus MUST be tested again, at least once more within 5-7 days or by September 30, whichever is sooner via the on-campus testing program. All residential students seeking an exemption and therefore not yet compliant with the UC Vaccine policy must test every 4 days until otherwise instructed.

Complete the Daily Symptom Screening: UC requires all on-campus students to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom screening survey. 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. We recommend “practicing” checking your badge before you come to campus, to ensure your badge is functioning correctly. If you are a residential student, your badge will be activated one week before move-in. more »

Required Actions - Post Arrival

Sequester: Upon arrival in Santa Cruz, if you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to sequester for 7 days, except for essential activities, prior to engaging in campus activities. Current sequestration guidelines allow students to engage in limited essential activities, such as, attend in-person classes, to go to work, and to pick up to-go meals from the nearest Dining Hall with the understanding that while doing so they are meticulously observing all public health mitigation practices such as masking, social distancing, etc. These guidelines may change if the campus receives revised public health direction.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test when you arrive on the campus, and every four days following your arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated, you are able to move freely about the campus and its locale, while complying with local COVID-19 guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: These instructions may be revised at any time as circumstances related to public health change.

COVID-19 Training. All students will be required to take an online COVID-19 safety training course. Instructions will be issued prior to moving in.

Move-In Information

Before You Arrive: On your Move-In day and before you arrive on campus, please complete the Daily Symptom Screening Survey. Once you have successfully completed the survey, your Clearance Badge for that day will be available to you. Remember to schedule an appointment through Health e-messenger for your first on-campus COVID-19 test and schedule it within 4-7 days of your arrival.

Checking-In: Once you arrive on campus at your scheduled check-in time, please make your way to your college to check in and receive your key(s). It is important that you arrive at the time you selected as limiting the overall number of people on campus at any given time is essential to COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

When you arrive at your college, among the first things you will be asked to do is display your Clearance Badge on your electronic device as well as your negative COVID test results, so please have these out and ready to present to staff. Note: To see the badge, go to your Health e-Messenger home screen and select Show Badge. More about Clearance Badge »

Students whose Clearance Badge displays RED must contact the Student Health Center.

Family & Friend Restrictions: In an effort to reduce incidents of community exposure and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, no more than two (2) individuals will be allowed to accompany a student to campus. Children too young to look after themselves may also attend move-in. Individuals accompanying students must remain in their vehicles during the check-in process.

Each individual member must complete the UCSC Visitor COVID-19 Symptom Check Questionnaire before arriving on campus. Once the questionnaire is completed an email will be generated and sent to the individual. This record must be shown at move-in. Please note, children are not required to complete the form. Students should share move-in information and the UCSC Visitor COVID-19 Symptom Check Questionnaire link with their families and friends.

In order to limit exposure, all accompanying individuals are required to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures including but not limited to: wearing masks, keeping 6’ of space between individuals, avoiding congregating in common spaces, etc. Additionally, we ask that family members/friends depart campus right after they help students unload their belongings. Long-term parking after unloading will not be available. If family members/friends need to stay on campus after unloading, it may be helpful to download the park mobile app ahead of time to quickly and easily find a place to park and pay on campus.

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, there are several important details to consider.

  • Important: If you plan to bring a desktop computer it must have a Wi-Fi adapter installed. The current recommended specs for your PCIe or USB Wi-Fi adapter are for it to support Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
  • Cable television is available to residents via Xfinity on Campus. If you plan to use a television set, a Roku or Fire TV is required. Chromecasts are not supported.
  • 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.
  • 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. *For Merrill Residence Halls and lower quad Crown Residence Halls, see here.
  • Wireless routers should not be used in upgraded ResWiFi locations.
  • If you plan to bring a printer to campus, you can print wirelessly using Wi-Fi Direct or by connecting a USB cable.
  • ResWiFi doesn’t guarantee support for certain smart devices such as Chromecasts, Sonos speakers, or smart lighting/plugs. Gaming consoles and streaming devices may need to be enrolled. For clarifications and enrollment requests, please call, email, or visit the ResNet office.

For more information regarding device compatibility as well as for instructions on how to get help, please call, email, or open a ticket with the ResNet office.

Dining Meal Service 


Dining locations will be open during move-in and welcome week. More information is available at

Move-In Parking

Temporary parking will be available for unloading. Please visit the ​​Transportation & Parking Services for more information.  


Please unpack items for your room out of their original packaging before you get to campus to help us minimize cardboard and plastic waste.

Keeping Our Campus Community Healthy

Woman student in mask

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 screening protocols, and testing protocols as instituted by the university.
  • Use caution when congregating, gathering, or hanging out in indoor common spaces.
  • 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. This applies to all vaccinated and unvaccinated university affiliates and individuals accompanying them.
  • 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.

We can’t express how grateful we are for you respecting and abiding by these measures. Protecting our community of Banana Slugs by following these guidelines is a great way to support our Principles of Community. It is imperative that students follow the public health policies in place as stated on the UCSC Slug Strong website as well as the 2021-22 Housing Terms and Conditions.

We acknowledge that these restrictions change campus in a way that makes it unlikely to resemble the campus life you imagined – you are not alone. Our staff will do everything we can to ensure that your residential experience is a happy and fulfilling one, even with these restrictions under which we all must currently operate.

UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful campus and we are eager for you to become a part of our residential community. But, if you are no longer interested in Fall 2021 housing, you must return to the Housing Portal to cancel your application. 

We will be in touch with more information very soon. Meanwhile, be well, and let us know of any questions you may have.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to campus! #SlugStrong

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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