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Contact Information
International Education Office
International Scholar and Student Services

Address: 101 Classroom Unit, UC Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-2858
EAP Student Resources
Welcome Guide


College Affiliation and Housing Assignment

Undergraduate students
The Colleges: Communities of Learning
UC Santa Cruz combines the resources of a world class public research university with a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by our college system. Each college is a vibrant living / learning community supported by faculty and staff who provide academic support, organize student activities, and sponsor events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.
All undergraduate students become affiliated with one of 10 colleges. Every college community includes students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals. Your college affiliation is independent of your choice of major, and assignments are based upon space availability and student preferences.

Affiliation Process

:  Prior to June 1, 2017

Rank your college preferences:  In MyUCSC select "Request College Affiliation". You may indicate your top 5 preferences.  If we do not hear from you, you will be assigned to one of the colleges.

Housing assignment process: You will automatically be assigned on-campus housing.  See below.

Note: College affiliation assignments and instructions for housing will be sent to you by email.  Please do not contact the UCSC housing office directly.

University Housing Options

Undergraduate Students
The standard university housing contract is for the full academic year or the duration of your study period at UC. A particular type of college / housing facility or specific room type is not guaranteed.
The colleges at UC Santa Cruz offer two kinds of living accommodations—residence halls and apartments -- both with access to common dining facilities. Nine of the colleges have both residence halls and apartments, while Kresge College has all apartments. Except for Kresge and Oakes, apartments are generally reserved for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Campus Housing Office
Phone: (831) 459-2394
(Includes rate information)
​Choices in your college include Housing Themes.
International Living Center (ILC) at College Nine and College Ten! More than just a place to live, the International Living Center offers a unique living environment fostering understanding and friendship among people from different nations. Half of the ILC's residents are from the U.S. and half are international. 
Assignment Period: mid-June for fall students; mid-November for winter students
Application Deadline: The Campus Housing Office sends housing application instructions to all EAP students at their UCSC e-mail address. Note the deadline included in the instructions you receive and be sure to complete the online housing application/contract process by the deadline. 
Advanced Housing Fee: The fee is automatically deferred for EAP undergraduate students.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Housing assignment, including roommate information, will be sent to your UCSC e-mail account by mid-August for fall students and by mid-December for winter students. Move-in information will accompany your housing assignment.
Note: Failure to meet the application deadline will void any housing guaranteeLate applications will be placed on a waiting list.

Don't want campus housing?

If you would prefer to make your own arrangements for off-campus housing, email the UCSC Admissions Office. Provide your full name and UCSC ID number in the email.


Off-Campus Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
CRO provides online rental listings of rooms in shared housing and units available in the local community exclusively to UCSC students and affiliates. They also promote an online, self-directed Renter's Workshop for first-time renters or those renters new to California. Rental resources for Before You Rent, Moving in, Living in Your Rental and Moving out, as well as forms, and rental laws and agreements are also available online.
You must activate your UCSC e-mail account to access rental listings. You can do this through CruzID Manager when you create your blue password. All other information is available at any time.
Address: 104 Hahn Student Services Building
Online Renters Workshop (Free online workshop to get you stated in your housing search)
Rental Cost Statistics

Other Housing Resources (Non-UC Housing)

Students should be aware that this housing is not UC-sponsored or endorsed and that it not advisable to rent prior to arrival when you can visit the rental in person.
Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive? No later than September 21, 2017 and no earlier than August 24, 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 are advised to arrive as early as possible.
Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019):September 23, 2017
International Education Office Events
Orientation (Mandatory)
September 22, 2017
Registration: Begins after June 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Check-in 8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
Fee: $100 US; Lunch is provided.
Visa Check-in (Mandatory)
Deadline: Within 15 days of your program start date
Instructions: See list of items to take to check-in for review. Items will be submitted online.

Move-In Dates
University Housing Residences:  September 21, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Temporary Accommodation

Ground Transport to Campus

Course Enrollment

Department Links
Schedule of Classes
Course Catalog
Enrollment ""
Enrollment FAQ

Enrollment Period: July 24, 2017

Enrollment Appointment Time: Your appointment time will be noted under "Enrollment Dates" in the portal.

Problems signing in? Contact the Help Desk Problems enrolling in classes? Contact the Registrar's Office.
Students will receive (by mail) student ID number and password for web registration. The registration system might require proof of completion of a prerequisite for registration in certain courses. Students who have completed coursework at their home university equivalent to the prerequisite courses, should contact the major advisor by e-mail for authorization to enroll in the course.
Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information
MyUCSC: View your student account. Financial information is available online. You are responsible for checking your student account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees

International Student Orientation Fee: $100; At MyUCSC, on the "Main Menu" select the International Orientation link. Choose the "EAP Reciprocity" option. You will have a one-time option to pay for orientation online using a credit card at the time of registration.

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

Academic Resources
Tutoring and Study Support Available: Contact Learning Support Services
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 an online waiver that provides proof of equivalent coverage, and it is approved.

Cost: Undergraduates $961 per quarter; Graduates $1,476 per quarter
Billing: Each quarter
Payment DeadlinesCheck your student account. There is a late fee for payment after the deadline.
Fall: September 21, 2017
Winter: December 19, 2017
Spring: March 27, 2018
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 23, 2017 - January 4, 2018
Winter: January 5, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Spring/Summer*: April 2, 2018 - September 21, 2018
*If you are a registered student during Spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.
Deadline: Fall - August 18, 2017; Winter - To be announced 
Waiver Worksheet
Waiver Request Deadline:
Fall: September 1, 2017
Winter: December 1, 2017 
Spring: March 1, 2018