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UC Los Angeles Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information
UCEAP Reciprocity Information
UCEAP Campus Office-IEO
1332 Murphy Hall
405 Charles E. Young Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90095
Phone: (310) 794-9820
Contact your advisor (by country)

Welcome Letter
Visa & Immigration Information
Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
106 Tom Bradley Int'l Hall
417 Charles Young Dr. 
Los Angeles CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-1681
Community Resource Handbook
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard housing contract is for the academic year (or until the end of the academic year for students arriving in January). Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee.

University Residence Halls and Apartments (UC Housing)

Undergraduate students

(310) 206-7011
Residential Life
FAQ and Questions Consult the FAQ or log on to submit questions via "Ask Housing"   
Application Select the Access Housing Application & Offers link.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2017: Apply as soon as you receive your UCLA student ID number.
Review Deadlines Carefully: Students must submit the online application, pay the $30 non-refundable application fee, and make initial payment and all remaining payments by the deadlines stated on the online housing offer.

Students are not guaranteed a particular type of housing
and will be assigned on a space-available basis as long as they meet the housing application deadline.
Application Fee Required: $30 (non-refundable). Payment online by valid credit (Visa, Master Card, & Discover) or by Automated Clearing House (ACH), which are payments made by using the bank routing numbers from your checking or savings account.
Acceptance Offer and Initial Payment Required: Accepting a housing offer is a two-step process. Once a housing offer is issued to you:

Step 1:
Accept your housing offer online and select "Access Housing Application & Offers".  Once logged in, select the "Application" link (located above your "Profile Summary").  Re-enter the application term.  Once an offer has been accepted online, an initial charge will be posted to your BruinBill account, accessible via MyUCLA.

Step 2: Make the initial payment. Amounts vary based on the building and room type offered, as well as the meal plan chosen. More information about the UCLA BruinBill for student housing accounts is available here.
Application Notes:
  • Students can apply for the various on-campus housing facilities, as well as University Apartments if classified as transfer level. [UCEAP students are classified as transfer level.]
  • Rank your preferences for: 
    lifestyle preferences (which are used to help match roommates);
    building preferences, but note that the majority of students live in triple occupancy rooms (double and singe occupancy rooms are rare);
    Living Learning Communities ("theme houses) 
Notification of Housing Assignment: Sent by e-mail; housing contract will follow. Housing contracts are sold for the academic year, or the portion remaining at the time offer is issued. Contact Housing Accounts Receivable Office to request a payment agreement if you will not be able to meet the dates and payments required by the contract.

Student Cooperative Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
University Cooperative Housing [Co-op]
Address: 500 Landfair Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90024
Phone: (310) 208-8242
Priority Status: UCEAP students are given priority on the placement waitlist.
Application Deadline: None
Application Fee Required: $35 (non-refundable); express processing (response within 5 business days of receipt of application) is available for an additional $20 fee.
Membership Fee: $200 (payable at check-in)
Deposit Required: $1,200 (refundable)
Reservation Fee: $650 (non-refundable) fee is applied to the first rent payment of the term.
Method of Payment Options: Cashier's check, traveler's check, international money order, or credit card (Visa or Master Card) accepted. Personal checks cannot be accepted.
When completing the application form, students should identify themselves as Education Abroad Program students to benefit from priority status on the placement wait list.

Co-ops provide a living environment that may be very different from living in a campus residence hall. See definitions. Students may find smaller co-op houses quieter and cleaner while larger co-ops provide opportunities for meeting a greater variety of students.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
Community Housing Office (CHO)
Address: Housing Administration Building, Sproul Hall First Floor, 360 De Neve Dr., University of California, Los Angeles CA 90095-1495
Phone: (310) 825-4491
E-mail (You may ask a question or send an e-mail using this site.)
The office maintains a database of rental listings which includes shared and vacant apartments, rooms in private homes, studio apartments, guest houses, and short-term sublets. In addition to the on line database, the office also maintains additional resources to assist those searching for housing in the Los Angeles area.
Students with a UCLA Logon ID and password: Search and post listings for free or submit a listing indicating you are a roommate available.

Activate your UCLA Logon ID
Students who do NOT yet have a UCLA Logon ID and password: Request a temporary account for online database access by visiting CHO and selecting the "Purchase an Annual Membership Online" option under the Affiliates menu. Enter contact information in the form and "UCLA UCEAP Program" in the Department field.  Once your enrollment in the UCEAP program is verified, your account information will be e-mailed to you.

Other Housing Resources (Non-UC Housing)

Students should be aware that this housing is not UC sponsored or endorsed. You should not rent prior to arrival when you can visit the rental in person. Beware of scams- Do not send money in advance to anyone you meet online.
Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive?:
 No later than September 25, 2017; and no earlier than August 26, 2017
You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the start date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019). Students who do not have pre-arranged housing should arrive as early as possible.
Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)September 25, 2017

Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars (DCISS) Events


iSTART Online Orientation (Mandatory)
Create a DCISS account to begin iSTART
iSTART opens: July 1, 2017
Deadline: By week two of the quarter, however, completing the orientation before arrival in the US is HIGHLY recommended.  
Orientation Fee: $59 (See what's included!) will be billed to your UCLA account.

The Online Orientation and the Visa Check-In must be completed by the end of Week 2 of your first term at UCLA. If not completed, you will be subject to an "all-services hold" on your Student Record. The hold will affect your eligibility to receive services from DCISS and UCLA departments, restrict your course enrollment, and restrict your access to UCLA campus resources.

DCISS Visa Check-In (Mandatory)
Dates: Attend one session:
September 15, 2017 
September 22, 2017 
September 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bradley International Hall Courtyard (campus map)
Instructions: See the list of items you must take to check-in for review. 

International Education Office (IEO) Orientation (Mandatory) 

Dates: Attend one session:
September 25, 2017
September 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Humanities building, Room 135 (campus map)

Move-In Dates

Campus Housing Move-In Dates: Dates vary with housing assignment.
Residents will receive an email directing them to access the Move-In Reservation System.

Temporary Accommodation (Non-UC Housing)

Ground Transport to Campus

To get to Westwood from the LAX airport, take a taxi (approximately $45-50) or a "shuttle van." Look for the blue "Van Stop" sign outside the baggage claim area and tell the airport employee that you need a shuttle to UCLA or Westwood.
Course Enrollment
Department Links
Schedule of Classes
Course Catalog
Enrollment FAQ
Prerequisite Clearance Request Form
Enrollment Appointment Time
View your appointment time in MyUCLA starting on May 30, 2017.
Enrollment appointments are located under the CLASSES tab.  Select Enrollments, then select Enrollment Appointments.

Enrollment Period for UCEAP Reciprocity students:  June 30, 2017
(All times are California time. You must convert the listed times to your local time zone.)
Note that students must have their UCLA Logon ID and password to enroll. Instructions will be sent by e-mail.
Undergraduate Students
This information is for all majors except the specific majors listed below. Review general recommendations on enrollment before you begin.
If the MyUCLA enrollment system indicates that a code/permission to enroll is required:
a) Locate the course in the Schedule of Classes
b) Consult the course description in the General Catalog to determine that you meet all course prerequisites
c) E-mail the academic counselor or instructor to request permission to enroll (consult the listing of department webpages for the undergraduate department advisor contact information).
d) Include information regarding your academic preparation for any course prerequisites using the prerequisite clearance request form.
Advising pages for: 
Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

MyUCLA: View your BruinBill account. Financial information is available online. You are responsible for checking your BruinBill account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees

International Student Orientation Fee $59 will be billed to your UCLA account.

Registrar's Document Feeone-time fee that provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications. In addition students are no longer charged for incomplete grade removals.  

Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each quarter. See Health Insurance & Services information below.

Academic Resources
Health Insurance & Services

2017-18 costs and information are listed below.

Requirement: Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan, unless they complete a waiver form that provides proof of equivalent coverage, and it is approved.
Cost: $725.69 per quarter (undergraduates); $1,272.09 per quarter (graduates)

Billing: Each quarter
Payment Deadline:
Fall: September 20, 2017
Winter: December 20, 2017
Spring: March 20, 2018 
Instructions: For more information about requirements, benefits, and enrolling in dental coverage, go to the Ashe Center Website.
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 25, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Winter: January 3 - March 27, 2018
Spring*: March 28 - September 23, 2018

* If you are a registered student during spring quarter or semester, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.
Deadline: Prior to the first day of classes
Waiver Deadlines:
Fall: September 20, 2017
Winter: December 20, 2017
Spring: March 20, 2018