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Contact Information
Global Engagement
International Student and Scholar Services

Classroom Unit Building, Room 105
University of California, Santa Cruz
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

Rank your college preferences
College affiliation assignments and instructions for housing will be sent to you by email.  Following the instructions, indicate your top 5 preferences.  If we do not hear from you, you will be assigned to one of the colleges.

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
(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 US 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.

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

Community Rentals Office (CRO)


Tips for International Students

CRO provides listings of rooms in shared housing and units available in the local community exclusively to UCSC students and affiliates. Check out the online 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.  

Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive? No later than to be announced and no earlier than to be announced.

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): To be announced
International Education Office Events
To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced
Fee:  $100

Visa Check-in
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 January 4, 2019

Temporary Accommodation

Ground Transport to Campus

Course Enrollment

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

Enrollment Period: November 14, 2018

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.

Notes:  Student ID number and password required.  You may need to provide 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:  $100 

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

Academic Resources
Tutoring and Study Support Available: Contact Learning Support Services
Health Insurance & Services

2018-19 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 $932 per quarter; Graduates $1,493 per quarter
Payment DeadlinesCheck your student account. There is a late fee for payment after the deadline.

Fall: September 20, 2018
Winter: December 18, 2018
Spring: March 26, 2019
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 22, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Winter: January 4, 2019 - March 31, 2019
Spring/Summer*: April 1, 2019 - September 20, 2019
*If you are a registered student during Spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.
Deadline: Pior to arrival on campus
Waiver Worksheet
Waiver Request Deadline:
Fall: September 1, 2018
Winter: December 1, 2018 
Spring: March 1, 2019