College Affiliation and Housing Assignment
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
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
104 Hahn Student Services Building, University of California
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064Phone:
(Includes rate information)
University Apartments / Residence Halls (UC Housing)
University-Sponsored Housing (UC Affiliated)
Off-Campus Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)
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 http://my.ucsc.edu
after you have received your student ID number and password. All other information is available at any time.
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.