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UC Santa Cruz Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information
International Education Office
International Scholar and Student Services

Address: 101 Classroom Unit, UC Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3550
Fax: (831) 459-3555
Contact until August 3: Parinaz Zartoshty
Contact after August 3 : Arielle Freitas



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.
After accepting the UC Santa Cruz offer of admission, 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.
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. Students that become affiliated with either College Nine or College Ten will have the option to express an interest in the ILC during the online housing application process.

  • College affiliation assignments and instructions for completing the online housing application / contract process will be sent to you if you indicated a preference for university housing. 
  • It is important that you complete the online application / contract process by the due date stated in the information sent to you.
College affiliation instructions and information on how to apply online for University housing will be sent to you by EAP. Please do not contact the UCSC housing office directly for an application.

University Housing Options

Undergraduate Students
University Housing is guaranteed if all housing deadlines are met. Be aware that the standard university housing contract is for the entire academic year, or the duration of your exchange. 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.
In addition to the housing options at the college, Education Abroad Program (EAP) students are eligible to live at The Village or University Town Center. These communities are made up of students from all of the residential colleges. Each community is supported by a live-in manager and student staff who plan activities and assist residents.
Application Deadline: The Campus Housing Office sends housing application instructions to all EAP students at their UCSC email address. The housing application period for winter EAP students opens in mid-November. Note the deadline included in the instructions and be sure to complete the online housing application/contract process by the deadline. Failure to meet the application deadline will void any housing guarantee. Late applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Advanced Housing Fee: The fee is automatically deferred for EAP undergraduate students.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Housing assignment information will be sent by email to students at their UCSC email account in mid-December for winter EAP students. This will include room, roommate, and move-in information.
Campus Housing Office
Address: 104 Hahn Student Services Building, University of California
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-2394
Fax: (831) 459-3665
(Includes rate information)

University Apartments / Residence Halls (UC Housing)

Undergraduate Students

University-Sponsored Housing (UC Affiliated)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
In addition to the housing options available at the Colleges, EAP students are also eligible to live at The Village or University Town Center.

Off-Campus Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
CRO provides an online list of rooms in shared housing and unit rentals available in the off-campus community, and a Renter's Workshop for first-time renters or those renters new to California. Rental listings, forms, and resource information are available online (see below). You must activate your UCSC e-mail account to access rental listings. You can do this through after you have received your student ID number and password. All other information is available at any time.
Address: 104 Hahn Student Services Building, University of California
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-4435
Fax: (831) 459-3665
Website (includes online listings)

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 January 2, 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 3, 2014 
International Education Office Events

Visa Check-in Meeting (Mandatory)
Date: January 3, 2014
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Classroom Unit Building 1
Instructions: See list of items to take to check-in for review.

Welcome Week Workshops and Events
Calendar: See full calendar of events. 

Move-In Dates

University Housing Residences: Dates vary with housing assignment.

Temporary Accommodation

Ground Transport to Campus

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

Enrollment Period: Begins November 14, 2013

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

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

2013-14 costs 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 $619 per quarter (USHIP) Graduates $965 per quarter GSHIP
Billing: Each quarter
Payment DeadlinesCheck your student account. There is a late fee for payment after the deadline.

Fall: September 19, 2013
Winter: December 19, 2013
Spring: March 20, 2014
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 21, 2013 - January 2, 2014
Winter: January 3, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Spring/Summer*: April 1, 2014 - September 26, 2014
*If you are a registered student during Spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.
Waiver Form: Log on to the UCSC Student portal using your user name and password. The Student Health Insurance Waiver link is found under “My Messages" or you can obtain the information at: 
Waiver Request Deadline:
Fall: July 1, 2013 - September 1, 2013
Winter: November 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013
Spring: February 1, 2014 - March 1, 2014