University Town Center

The University Town Center (UTC), located at 1101 Pacific Avenue (on the corner of Pacific and Cathcart streets) in downtown Santa Cruz, houses students amidst all that downtown has to offer, including cafés, restaurants, shops, museum, movie theaters, library and more! Continuing, transfer, and re-entry students are eligible to live here.

  • Double occupancy studio apartments with private bathrooms and kitchenettes
  • Rate includes internet, cable, and utilities
  • The UTC is a smoke free facility in all indoor areas, including students' rooms
  • The fourth floor lounge features a large-screen TV, as well as a full kitchen, with oven and dishwasher for community events. A fifth floor lounge includes two study areas.
  • Laundry room with debit card or credit card-operated washers and dryers
  • A live-in Coordinator for Residential Education and student staff plan activities and assist residents.

Video taken prior to COVID-19.
UCSC is following all CDC guidelines.


Additional Roommates/Housemates

We look forward to welcoming more students into university housing as public health circumstances allow. In some instances, students may be assigned to rooms that are configured to accommodate additional roommates (i.e. a triple room initially being assigned as a double). All furniture needs to remain in the room, and residents will be expected to welcome additional roommate(s)/housemate(s) when assigned by the university. The university reserves the right to assign or reassign students as necessary, and to adjust room rates based on the actual room accommodation.


  • The UTC is less than 200 yards from the Santa Cruz Metro, and University route Metro buses serve the campus every five to eight minutes on academic days.
  • UTC residents are allowed to keep their bikes in their rooms. Bike lockers are available from the city for a nominal fee.
  • Parking for UTC residents in downtown Santa Cruz is limited and can be expensive.

Staff and Programming

Name Email Phone
r-macleod.jpg Ryan Macleod,
Coordinator for Residential Education (831) 421-0695

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