Room Selection: FAQ
If you have a housing guarantee, the chances are high that you will get a room in University housing. Keep in mind it may not be at a community of your first choice, but the University has historically bthat you are affiliated with.
If you don't have a housing guarantee, the chances are low that you will get a room in university housing but there is still the een able to house all students requesting University housing. Increase your chances by applying during the Priority Housing Application Period (April 17th – 24th), and applying to the college possibility as long as you apply during the Priority Housing Application Period (April 17th-24th). In past years, we have been able to accommodate a fairly high number of non-guarantees.
Please visit Housing Guarantees for Undergraduate Students for more information.
No. Priority points for college affiliation are based on the college you are affiliated with at the time of room selection in Spring quarter.
No, you can only apply for one college, since you can only have one housing application on file. Consider your choice carefully and remember that your maximum priority points will be given if you apply at the college you are affiliated with.
You can, however, apply for the theme option: The International Living Center regardless of the applied for community application. The International Living Center is now a theme house option available in all community housing applications!
Generally, rooms are single gender. However, for students whose gender identity varies from the standard paradigm, we do offer Trans-inclusive housing as a housing option when filling out your online application. For this option there is a separate application/interview process. Please refer to the Student Housing Services website at housing.ucsc.edu for more information.
Yes, you may apply to live at any college regardless of your affiliation, but always keep in mind that you get more priority points if you apply to live at the college you are affiliated with. The person who has the earliest appointment time should log in to try to select a room for everyone. When submitting a housing application as a group (all members must be guaranteed), it is recommended you ALL apply to the same College, either College Nine or College Ten. NOTE: The University Town Center, The Village and Redwood Grove do not use a priority points system based on affiliation, so if you want to live with friends of mixed college affiliations, consider applying to one of these communities.
No. Only students with an active housing guarantee can participate in room selection events, which include Early Group and the Community Room Selection Days. Groups may be disqualified if found that one is non-guaranteed. Students without a guarantee are automatically added to the applied-for-community wait list.
Most floors in the Residence Halls are mixed gender and all the Apartments, including the ILC can be mixed gender. This means that even though the other people in your room must be of the same gender, the res hall floor, or your apartment can be mixed with all genders. There are options for single gender floors in the res halls on your housing application, if that is what you desire.
If you are a student with a disability and need special accommodations for housing, you should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to request a housing accommodation. DRC students are given priority, based on their needs. Further information can be found at drc.ucsc.edu. Remember, if you are currently a DRC student, you must reapply for a DRC accommodation every year.
Students with a housing guarantee and DRC Housing Accommodation will be placed prior to room selection events and your Housing Coordinator will contact you. Students without a housing guarantee and DRC Housing Accommodation are at the top of the non-guaranteed wait list.
The Rate Saver option is given to all students who apply during the Priority Housing Application Period and select a room in a Residence Hall. This locks in the 2016-2017 housing and meal rates for the 2017-2018 academic year - a big savings for you! (Note: Rate Saver is not available in the Apartments or ILC.)
Your current room cannot be “held” for you for next year; however, you do have the chance to select that room again during room selection. The probability of you getting to select your same room will be based on availability and the lottery which gives you an appointment time to log in and select your housing.
Technically, yes, the Housing Coordinator will keep an internal "wish list” over the summer for students who are in housing but would prefer to live in a different space if possible. However, keep in mind that the Coordinator must place everyone on the waitlist that does not have housing before any requests from the “wish list” can be accommodated. Your desired room type may not ever open up, so be sure to pick a space that you are willing to start the school year in, just in case.
You can cancel your housing application at any time by logging in to your Student Housing Online portal at studenthousing.ucsc.edu. If you have already selected or been assigned to a space, a cancellation fee will be applied (this fee increases the longer you wait). If you are on the waitlist and have not been assigned to a space yet, you may cancel free of charge. Remember that as long as you have an application on file, the University assumes you want housing and can place you in a room at any time, with or without advanced notice. So if you make plans to live off campus be sure to cancel your application ASAP!
Fill out a Roommate Classified Ad and post on the binder located in the College Nine and College Ten Housing Office. Forms will be available at the following locations:
- College Nine and College Ten Housing Office starting April 17th
- Info Sessions in Namaste Lounge April 12th or 13th
- Housing Fair on April 18th
Early Group Selection provides a chance for students to choose their spaces with a group of friends, either as an Apartment Group or a Res Hall Neighborhood Group, before the general Online Room Selection process. If selected for Early Group Selection, your group will come to an appointment with the Housing Coordinator to choose your apartment or group of res hall rooms. The Housing Coordinator will assign you to the rooms on the spot. You will not have to go online the next day and select your room as part of the regular online room selection process. Many groups apply to participate in this event, but only a few can be selected. Selection of participants is based on group cumulative priority points and then a random lottery. To apply to be chosen to participate in Early Group Selection, you must submit a group declaration form to the College Nine and College Ten Housing Office, which will be available to fill out in the housing office and on our websites starting April 17th, and are due by May 1st 5:00 pm.
An Apartment Group is a group made up of exactly the amount of people it will take to fill a specific apartment type (4, 5, 6 or 7 person apartment). For example, if you and 5 of your friends want to live with each other, you will need to apply as a 6-person Apartment Group for a 6-person apartment, and so on. You may not apply as Apartment Group with a partial group.
A Res Hall Neighborhood Group is a group of at least 3 or more people for 2 or more rooms on a residence hall floor. We have had groups of up to 20 people select spaces during Early Group Selection before! If you don’t think you will have a good chance at getting an apartment next year (based on your priority points), this is an excellent option for you and your group of friends.
Remember, all group members must have a valid housing guarantee.
Yes, as long as you do it before May 1st deadline. After this, no changes can be made!
Yes, if your housing contract has been cancelled at any time due to conduct reasons, you are ineligible for University housing. If you have received a Housing Final Notice, or A Room Selection Housing Restriction, you may also be ineligible for housing. Some conduct actions may allow you to live in University housing, but may exclude you from Room Selection events. If any of these situations apply to you, you will have received notification prior to Room Selection.
Yes! Student leaders get one extra priority point. A student leader is defined as a student who has assumed a leadership role within College Nine and/or College Ten, either as an College Guide (CG), a College Nine or College Ten Senate officer, or a College Nine or College Ten employee whose job responsibilities require them to be on campus late nights and/or weekends (Note: Dining Hall employees are not considered student leaders because they are employed by the University, not the Colleges).