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UC Riverside Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information
UCEAP Reciprocity and Visa & Immigration Information
International Student Resource Center
Address: University Village; Suite A-204
University of California, Riverside CA 92521-0307
Phone: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3778
Contact: Kelly Hinosawa
New Student Resources
International Student Handbook
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard rental contract for housing accommodations is nine months (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 Housing (UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students

Apartments/Residence Halls 

UC Riverside Housing, Dining and Residential Services
Phone: (951) 827-6350
Fax: (951) 827-3807
You must have a UCR Student Identification Number (SID), NetID, and PermPin/Password to apply for housing. Once you are admitted, an SID number will be sent to you by UCEAP. Based on this information, you will access your Net I.D. and Perm PIN.
About UCR ID numbers

On-campus Apartments

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as you obtain your Net I.D. and Perm PIN.
Application Fee Required: None
Deposit Required: $200 security deposit with submission of the contract.

Residence Halls

Application Deadline: ​Apply as soon as you obtain your Net I.D. and Perm PIN.
Application Fee Required: None
Deposit Required: A first payment of $250 with submission of the contract.
Method of Payment Options: MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card or E-Check are acceptable online
Notification of Housing Assignments: Students who receive a UCR Campus Housing assignment receive a contact by e-mail that will require prompt response. The housing assignment noted in the contract is secure if the contract and security deposit are submitted by the listed deadline. Contact the Housing Administration office by phone at (951) 827-6350 or by email at to check your status.

International Village (UC Affiliated)

University of California, Riverside
Extension Center Housing
Phone: (951) 827-4423
Fax: (951) 827-5796
Application Deadline: Apply as soon as you obtain your Net I.D. and Perm PIN.
Application Fee Required: $200
Deposit Required: $200 security deposit and advanced payment of first month's rent is required by the contract packet due date.
Method of Payment Options: International money order, Check (Personal/Corporate/Cashiers), Visa or MasterCard. Note: Credit card payments pay a 3% convenience fee for rental fees.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Placed students receive a contact packet by e-mail. Contact the Housing office by phone or e-mail to check your status.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Students should be aware that this housing is not UC-sponsored or endorsed and that it is not advisable to rent prior to arrival when you can visit the rental in person.
Housing Services Office (Community Living Listings Services)
This office offers a housing service for UC students. Students can access room/apartment listings via the Internet free of charge. UCR ID and PIN are required to access the listings.

Arrival Information & Orientation



When should I arrive?: No later than the week of January 1, 2014

You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the 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.
Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019): January 2, 2014

International Student Resource Center Events

Orientation (Mandatory)
Registration (click on Highlander Orientation to register)
Date: January 3, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: University Village, Suite 204, 900 University Avenue
Fee: $40; Lunch will be provided.
Check-In (Mandatory)
Date: January 3, 2014
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:  International Student Resource Center, University Village Suite #204
Instructions: See the list of items you must take to check-in for review.

Housing Move-In Dates

Campus Apartments: Move-in dates vary.
Campus Residence Halls: January 5, 2014 (Early move in fee will be applied.)
International Residence Center/International Village Move-in Date: By arrangement

Temporary Accommodation Information

Suggested housing (International Education Center webpages)

Ground Transport to Campus

How to get to UCR (International Education Center webpages)
UCR Campus Map
Course Enrollment

Department Links
Schedule of Classes
Course Catalog
Enrollment Instructions
GROWL (Look up grades, billing, confirm courses, change PERM PIN)
Prerequisite Clearance Request Form

Enrollment Period: Begins November 12, 2013. Check Growl for your specific appointment time.
The UC application ID number can be obtained from your home university international office.
About UCR ID numbers
Business Administration Advising: Students must meet with Assistant Dean Kazi Mamun prior to registration for classes. Business courses are open to business majors only.

College of Engineering Advising: Students may check in with Student Affairs Manager Rod Smith.
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 course(s) required should contact their major advisor by e-mail for authorization to enroll in the course.
Graduate students: Graduate students usually register after consultation with the departmental graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

GROWL: 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 

Student Technology Course Materials Fee (CMF): $4 per unit for undergraduates and $2 per unit for graduates will be billed to your student account. The fee is non-refundable after the third week of instruction.  

International Student ​Orientation Fee: $40 will be billed to your student account; orientation includes refreshments. 

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

For academic support resources contact the Academic Resource Center.

Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
If you plan to take writing coursework while at UCR, you may be required to take the AWPE for course enrollment.

Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced
Fee: $110

Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE)
If you plan to take mathematics coursework while at UCR, you may be required to take the MAE for course enrollment.
Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced
Fee: $40

Health Insurance & Services

​2013-14 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: $348 per quarter (undergraduates); $869 per quarter (graduates)
Billing: Each quarter

Payment Deadline: Reciprocity students may pay as soon as they arrive on campus.
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014
(Special early effective date for international students arriving in the fall is September 9, 2013)
Winter: January 2, 2014 - March 25, 2014
Spring/Summer*: March 26, 2014 - September 23, 2014
*Insurance under USHIP for eligible students enrolled for the Spring quarter will extend through the end of Summer.
Form Deadlines: A hold will be placed on your course enrollment if forms are not received by the required date.

Health Screening Form:
Only students 18 years or younger need to complete the Health Screening form.
Waiver Deadlines:
Fall: September 12, 2013
Winter: December 12, 2013
Spring: March 12, 2014