While some students select their own housing, others are assigned housing by a Housing Coordinator.

Each community maintains a priority waitlist and a general waitlist. In addition to working to house students on the priority waitlist, we will also do our best to accommodate as many students as possible from the general waitlist but must acknowledge we may not be able to accommodate all interested students.

As long as an application is on the waiting list it represents a student’s interest in being assigned housing. In order to keep the waiting lists accurate and up-to-date, students will be prompted during the summer to reaffirm interest in keeping their application on the waiting list. If a student does not reaffirm their interest, their application will be cancelled. Closely monitor your UCSC email and/or set up email forwarding to have your UCSC email forwarded to another account you check regularly

Students at Cowell College

Tips for students on housing waiting lists:

  • Be flexible. There are a limited number of apartment spaces and single rooms. The more flexible you are when ranking room preferences in your application, the greater your chance of being assigned housing. Return to the Housing Portal if you would like to update the room preferences listed in your housing application.
  • Be patient. We cannot predict when or what type of spaces may become available, or how many waitlist students we will be able to accommodate prior to the start of fall quarter. If a space matching one of your room preferences becomes available, you will be assigned to the space. You will not receive notification prior to being assigned, but a confirmation email will be sent to your UCSC email once you’ve been assigned housing.

  • Alternate Housing Offer: If there are no spaces available that match your room preferences, you may be offered a different room type if one becomes available. Alternate housing offers are made via UCSC email and require the student to accept within forty-eight (48) hours or the offer is void and the space will be offered to another student. Closely monitor your UCSC email and/or set up email forwarding to have your UCSC email forwarded to another account you check regularly.
    • First offer: If a student declines or does not respond within the allotted time to a first alternate housing offer, the student’s application will remain on the waitlist (priority students will be moved to the general waitlist and will no longer receive priority for placement).
    • Second offer: If a student declines or does not respond within the allotted time to any subsequent alternate housing offer, the University reserves the right to terminate the waitlist application. The student will be required to submit a new waitlist application if they are later interested in future university housing. 

  • If at any time your plans change and you are no longer interested in university housing it is your responsibility to immediately cancel your application (studenthousing.ucsc.edu). There is no fee for cancelling an application prior to a space being assigned; cancellation fees will apply in all cases of a student cancelling a confirmed housing space. more »

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Off-campus Housing Resources

  • An online Renters Workshop to help students optimize their rental search and provide valuable tips for first-time renters.
  • The Places4Students.com rental listing site contains off-campus rentals in the communities surrounding UCSC, as well as roommate profiles of UCSC affiliates who are looking for off-campus housing. Viewing of rental listings and roommate profiles is restricted to UCSC affiliates so this is a great resource for all UCSC students!

If you successfully find off-campus housing before being assigned a space on campus, immediately cancel your waitlist application to avoid being charged a cancellation fee. more »