Fall 2021 Housing (Updated 8/23/21)

A family moves in their student on move in day.

The Priority Housing Application Period was May 17th - 24th, 2021. All students interested in On-Campus Housing for the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year should still apply to housing if they have not already done so.

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Priority Housing Application Period Website.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Priority Housing Application Period Website.

 

When will I hear if I got on campus housing? How will I know? When is the latest I will hear if I got on-campus housing?

I got sent an alternate housing offer. How do alternate housing offers work? Why was I offered alternate housing?

How does the waitlist work?

What are my chances of getting housing?

I missed the Priority Housing Application Period. Can I still apply to housing?

If there isn't my preferred type of housing, will I still be offered housing? / I was offered a room type I didn't list?

I'm on the waitlist, should I look for Off-Campus Housing?

I haven't heard anything from the Housing Office. Does this mean I won't get housing?

When does the housing portal open? When does it close?

How do I apply for housing?

Are College 9 and College 10 different communities?

Can I apply to more than one community?

Uh-oh, I applied to the wrong community! Can I change the community I applied to?

I want to change my room preferences/meal plan/billing plan. What can I do?

Why can’t I select my roommates?

Will College Affiliation affect my likelihood of getting housing?

What is the difference between beds A, B, and C in a triple room? How are bed spaces determined?

How do cancellation fees work?

 

When will I hear if I got Housing? How will I know? When is the latest I will hear if I got on-campus housing?

When a student is assigned to housing, they get an automatic email titled "UCSC Housing Assignment Confirmation". That email will only contain confirmation of the assignment. Information about roommates and room placement will be sent in a separate email by the end of August.

If you have Priority Status, Room Selection was June 21st and 22nd.

If you do not have Priority Status, then you are on the general waitlist. The earliest you will hear if you got housing is Late July.

While the majority of our assignments are usually finished by mid-August, we assign students as late as the week before move-in depending on students canceling their assignment.

 

I got sent an alternate housing offer. How do alternate housing offers work? Why was I offered alternate housing?
 
If there are no spaces that match your room preferences, you will be offered a different room type. This includes rooms at other housing areas including other Colleges, the Village, and the University Town Center. 
 
Alternate housing offers are made via UCSC email and require students accept the offer within twenty-four (24) 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. Students who do not respond during the allotted time, or decline an offer of housing, will be moved to the general waitlist and will no longer receive priority for placement.
 
If you were offered alternative housing, it means we do NOT have a room at Colleges 9 and 10 that meet your requests listed in your application. 
 

How does the waitlist for students without confirmed housing assignments work?

There are two waitlists for students without current housing assignments: priority waitlist and general waitlist. The Priority waitlist is made of students who have Priority Status. The general waitlist every student who applied to housing without Priority status and student who had Priority Status, but applied on May 25th or later. The general waitlist will be assigned last.

The waitlist is NOT a numbered list and does not work as such. The waitlist is as long as there are students wanting housing on campus. Students are assigned off this list based on what spaces are available and how well they will get along with any current residents. 

To use a metaphor, the waitlist is a box of puzzle pieces and as there are spaces available, the housing coordinator will evaluate the available puzzle pieces and put the piece that fits best into the available space. Once a match is made, a student is assigned.

 

What are my chances of getting housing?

We cannot give any students their chances of getting housing. However, there are some ways to increase your likelihood of getting housing on campus for fall.

  1. List as many room types as you would be comfortable taking. The more room types you list on your housing application, the more often the Housing Coordinator will look at your housing application.
  2. Check your email daily. If you are offered an alternate housing assignment, you will have 24 hours to accept.

 

If there isn't my preferred type of housing, will I still be offered housing? / I was offered a room type I didn't list?

During the Summer, Housing Coordinators will do their best to assign students to housing options they request. However, there is a finite number of each room type. If a room type you did not request becomes available, the housing coordinator may offer you that spot. You will have 24 hours to accept. This deadline is strictly enforced. Otherwise, the housing coordinator will assume you do not want the space. 

 

I'm on the waitlist, should I look for Off-Campus Housing?

We encourage all students waiting for housing assignments to look for Off-Campus Housing. The Community Rentals office has a lot of resources including a first-time Renter's Workshop.

If you secure Off-Campus Housing, it is your responsibility to cancel your housing application once you have signed the lease.

 

I haven't heard anything from the Housing Office. Does this mean I won't get housing?

If you haven't heard from us, it means you are still on the waitlist. It means you currently don't have housing. There is more information about the Waitlist and when you may hear about housing on this FAQ.

 

I missed the Priority Housing Application Period. Can I still apply to housing?

 Yes, you can still apply. You will be placed on the general waitlist and will not be assigned to housing until all Priority students and Priority Waitlist students have been assigned to housing. The deadline of May 24th at 11:59 PM is strictly enforced and now that it has passed, any Priority status students had is forfeited. 

 

When does the housing portal open? When does it close?

The housing application opens on May 17th. It will remain open throughout the summer and can be accessed at studenthousing.ucsc.edu.

 

Why can’t I select my roommates?

Currently, all students should be able to request roommates. If you cannot find your roommate, here are some common problems to troubleshoot:

  1. Did you and your preferred roommates all apply to the same community? Keep in mind, College Nine and College Ten are DIFFERENT communities.
  2. Did you and all your preferred roommates mark yourself as visible for roommate requests in the application? If not, you can reenter the application and mark yourself as visible!

 

How do I apply for housing?

Please log in to studenthousing.ucsc.edu and click on the “Housing Application” button. Then select “Undergraduate Housing”. You will then be prompted to select “2021-2022 Academic Year”. Follow the instructions in the application. You will be able to select roommates AFTER the Priority Housing Application Period has finished. Please monitor your email for more information about this.

 

Can I apply to more than one community?

No. You can only apply to one community in your application. Furthermore, students can only have one application for Fall housing. Students are able to apply for their affiliated college, or one of the other colleges, or the Camper Park, or the University Town Center.

When you are listing your preferences for room type, it is for room types within the community you are applying to. For example, if you applied to College Ten and you listed a Res Hall Single as your first preference and Res Hall Triple as your second preference, it is for a Res Hall Triple at College Ten.

 

Are College 9 and College 10 different communities?

Yes, College 9 and College 10 are different communities. If you want to live with a roommate or roommates, please make sure you all apply to the same college, be that College 9 OR College 10.

 

Uh-oh, I applied to the wrong community! Can I change the community I applied to?

Unfortunately, as the Priority Housing Application Period has passed, you cannot change your community.

 

I want to change my room preferences/meal plan/billing plan. What can I do?

Students are able to return to their completed applications in order to make changes to room, theme, meal plan, billing, and other preferences up until the point they are assigned housing. 

 

Will College Affiliation affect my likelihood of getting housing?

Dissimilar from previous years, college affiliation will not affect continuing student's priority when it comes to applying to housing. Any continuing student who requests a change of affiliation only for the housing priority will be denied.

 

What is the difference between beds A, B, and C in a triple room? How are bed spaces determined?

The letters at the end of the assignment do NOT denote bed space. They are there so our database can list three people in one room.

We trust students to be able to discuss with their roommates who will get what bed.