Move-in Schedule

Students must sign up for the date you wish to move in via this survey link.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Vaccine Requirement - Due on December 13, 2021

For newly enrolled students starting in Winter 2022, or students returning from a Leave of Absence in Winter 2022, per UC policy, you must upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccine by December 13th in order to access campus this Winter.

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. The deadline was Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. If you missed this deadline to provide proof of vaccination status or request an exemption, it is important to comply as soon as possible.

COVID Vaccine Boosters

COVID boosters are required by January 31, 2022 for booster eligible students. Student Health Services will be administering COVID boosters on campus at Stevenson Event Center January 19–21. Find out more and book your appointment »

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

Test 24 Hours Before Moving to Campus

All incoming residential students must secure a negative COVID test result within 24 hours of their anticipated arrival. If you would like to be sent a free COVID home-test kit, request your test kit via this website while logged into your UCSC account. These are available while supplies last. Some kits will have one test; other kits will have two. Students who receive a kit with two tests should self-administer one of them within 24 hours of anticipated arrival. IMPORTANT: If you test positive DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS until you are out of isolation per CDPH guidelines; isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you have a negative COVID test result.

All Students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to 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 you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 3 months of your move-in appointment — that is, if you tested positive in the November/December 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.

Campus COVID testing is important and required for new and returning students to UC Santa Cruz communities. Before arriving on campus, register for COVID testing through Fulgent, the campus COVID testing provider, and schedule your first testing appointment.

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

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 48 hours of arrival via the on-campus testing program. For more information, please review Required Actions - Post Arrival

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 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


Upon arrival in Santa Cruz, all students are required to sequester. Fully vaccinated students are required to sequester until after they have received two negative COVID tests taken either on campus or from a local provider using a Fulgent test. Students who are not fully vaccinated are required to sequester for 7 days, except for essential activities, prior to engaging in campus activities. 

All Residential Students (Living On-Campus)

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students must test at an on-campus testing site within 48 hours of their arrival. This post-arrival, on-campus test is in addition to your pre-arrival test.

If you receive a positive COVID test result while living in university housing, please do not go to a housing office, dining location, or other public space; do your best to isolate yourself immediately following this list of instructions provided by the Student Health Center, and complete this form to report your positive COVID test result.

Not Fully Vaccinated Students (Living On-Campus)

Once your initial post-arrival, on-campus test is completed, not fully vaccinated students who live on campus must follow the required testing cadence of at least once every 4 days.

Students who are not fully vaccinated are also required to sequester for a 7-day period, during which every effort should be made to limit movement around the campus and in-person interactions. Students can still attend essential activities, such as going to class, work, and picking up food to-go during their sequestration period.

Fully Vaccinated Students (Living On-Campus)

Once your initial post-arrival, on-campus test is completed, fully vaccinated students who live on campus must take a Rapid Antigen test 2-3 days later and then complete a PCR test on-campus every two weeks after their initial test date. The Rapid Antigen test will be provided during your post-arrival, on-campus test.

Fully vaccinated students are also required to sequester until they receive a negative initial post-arrival, on-site test result or are cleared by the Student Health Center. During the sequester period, every effort should be made to limit movement around the campus and in-person interactions. Fully vaccinated students can still attend essential activities, such as going to class, work, and getting food from the dining hall during their sequestration period.


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 scheduled 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. Please visit the student COVID-19 webpage to learn more about testing requirements and to schedule your first on-campus COVID-19 test.

Checking-In: Once you arrive on campus, please make your way to your housing office to check in and receive your key(s).

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. We recommend that you take a screenshot of your badge for easier access to it throughout the day; you’ll also need to show it to get food at the dining halls. 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, 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.

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 are open for to-go service only.

Move-In Parking

Valid parking is required during move-in, please visit Transportation & Parking Services for more information on permit requirements, purchasing permits, and the use of metered parking, paystations, and the ParkMobile app. 


Please unpack items from 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 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 check 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 Winter 2022 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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