UC San Diego Housing Rates and Services

UC San Diego’s Housing and Dining program is one of the most comprehensive and lowest priced in the UC system. It even includes housekeeping services and a Dining Plan!

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* Residence Hall Housing rates for 2014/15

  • $11,565 Single Room
  • $10,765 Double Room
  • $9,965 Triple Room
  • $9,365 Mini Double Room

* Apartment Housing rates for 2014/15

  • $11,205 Single Room
  • $10,405 Double Room
  • $9,605 Triple Room
  • $9,005 Mini Double Room

Room Layouts vary by college & facility.

Your Housing contract includes a minimum Dining Dollar Plan based on your Housing assignment. For information on what a minimum and full dining plan consist of, please view our Dining Plan information.

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Two-year Housing guarantee

New incoming first-year students entering Fall 2014 can take advantage of UC San Diego’s on-campus Housing two-year guarantee (6 consecutive quarters excluding summer).

Increase your chances of living in your college of registration—apply before you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). There is no fee to apply and no penalty for declining to sign the Housing contract. Your Housing assignment is determined by Housing application date, college of registration, AND room type preference. All of these factors play a role in determining if you are placed in your college of registration, tripled, or wait-listed. APPLY TODAY!

The online Housing application is fast, easy and instantly entered in the system. For detailed instructions, go to Important Deadlines OR click here to apply now. Be sure to print and retain the confirmation page for your files. Call 858.534.4010 if you require assistance.

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Select triple occupancy & save big!

Want to save at least $800 on Housing? Request a triple space during the Housing contract process in June and save big! You can even room with two of your best buddies if they're registered in the same college as you!

Triple rooms are appropriately furnished with a bed and desk for each student. Triple spaces are available at all six colleges, however, furniture configuration varies by college and facility. To request a Triple space, select this option when completing the Housing contract process in June.

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Financial Aid

Students who have completed and filed a FAFSA will be provided with an online Financial Aid Estimate (FAE) from the Financial Aid Office. Beginning in mid-March, admitted students may view their FAEs online at http://myapplication.ucsd.edu.

Students are responsible for paying the $650 Housing prepayment due with the signed Housing Contract in June since financial aid is not disbursed until after fall quarter begins. As UC San Diego administered grants and loans are disbursed quarterly, students receiving sufficient financial aid funds to pay for campus Housing are encouraged to select the quarterly payment option during the contract signing process in June. If financial aid funds do not fully cover Housing charges, students are responsible for paying the balance from their own resources.

If a student with financial aid withdraws from the university and receives a Housing refund, the financial aid program is the first obligation to be paid or credited. Any financial aid/loans/ scholarship disbursed during an unfinished quarter may be reverted back to the financial aid entity. If you have questions about financial aid, please contact them by email or call 858.534.4480.

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Buy-up Dining Plan Option

This option is available for selection in the “My Room Assignment Page” from the end of August through Sunday, September 14th at 8:pm. All Residence Hall residents are automatically assigned the $3,160 dining dollar plan which is included in the cost of Room & Board. However, you can opt for the $3,800 Dining Plan Buy Up Option effective the first day of the Housing Contract. This Buy-up allows for $640 more dollars a year paid in installments depending on the Payment Plan you have selected. You may view the schedule below which will assist you in determining your decision. The Buy up Cost Dates and Amounts will be added to the regular payment plan to coordinate your budget.

All Apartment residents are automatically assigned the $2,450 dining dollar plan but are also able to opt for the $3,160 (Residence Hall base plan) or the $3,800 Dining Plan which would also be effective on the first day of the Housing Contract, September 27, 2014. The $3,160 Buy Up allows for $710 more dollars a year, and the $3,800 Buy-up allows for $1,350 more dollars a year.

The Buy-Up Dining Program is in effect for the entire academic year and is not reversible. Once you select the Buy Up Program, you cannot opt out. There will be no exceptions. Residents opting to participate in the Buy-up Dining Program are billed the additional cost increase according to their payment plan (Quarterly/Monthly/In Full). This provides a financial budget convenience that has proven very effective. Every student who selects the Buy-up Program will be emailed a breakdown of cost to be added to the Monthly or Quarterly installment.

If you wish to speak to someone regarding the Dining Buy-Up Option feel free to call the Triton Card Accounts Services Office directly at 800-758-7227. You may also visit the Dining Plan FAQ for information regarding all contract dining plans plus other dining options.

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Please view our Cost and Payment Schedule for due dates and housing charges.

Our comprehensive program offers EVERYTHING you want & need!

Everything you want in one place for one great price. You save over $100 a month on extras like 24/7 high-speed internet access and premium cable TV with two HBO channels, MTV, and much more. We also include services that free you up to concentrate on being a student: housekeeping, utilities (water, electricity, and gas), trash and recycling services, onsite laundry facilities, security services, and countless activities to provide much-needed study breaks.

* consult your college of residence

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Please note: Below are some items you may or may not need, depending on your situation. Amenities vary at each college. Room sizes are limited, so you don’t want to bring too much stuff! We also recommend contacting your future roommates beforehand to make sure there won't be a duplication of appliances cluttering up valuable living space.

We suggest waiting until you arrive to determine any additional items to bring (including small bookshelf, storage, etc.).

Arrange When You Arrive...

Refrigerator / Microwave (residence hall style)
You may bring your own mini refrigerator, if it is smaller than five cubic feet and has a safe UL-approved electrical system. We recommend a micro fridge which will save on energy and help keep our community "green"! Allowable wattage for microwaves is up to 700 watts.

Telephone service
You may want to consider cellular phone service for your primary line. If you would like a land line phone, be sure to bring it.

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Campus Community

Living on campus
Nothing beats living on campus! When you live on campus, you live, learn, and socialize with other students going through the same experiences and changes. It's also the best way to get involved in campus life and build lifelong friendships.

Experience college to the fullest with every university resource at your fingertips. On-campus Housing is located in the heart of each of the six colleges, creating the lifeline of these thriving smaller neighborhoods within the larger UC San Diego community.

Students who live on campus generally feel more fulfilled by their college experience. With classrooms, libraries, labs, and performing arts facilities within walking distance of on-campus Housing, it's no wonder why campus residents are more likely to graduate sooner.

First-year students typically live in residence halls, however, apartment-style Housing is available at some colleges. All on-campus Housing includes a Dining Plan, utilities, and housekeeping services.

RAs (Resident Advisors), HAs (House Advisors), and the residence life staff live within each college's residential neighborhood. They are great sources of information about life at UC San Diego and help address general resident issues. In addition, they organize a variety of programs to expand and enhance educational experiences while providing exposure to diverse ideas and viewpoints of fellow students.

Commitment to diversity
Residents agree to the Housing and Dining Services commitment of supporting a community free from discrimination while promoting individuality and diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, respect, and safety where all residents coexist regardless of race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs.

LGBT Interest Housing
While it is the goal that every area on the UC San Diego campus is a safe and supportive home for all members of our community, UC San Diego recognizes the unique needs and challenges facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. In order to better support this community, each College/Residential area is making available Housing options to create opportunities for support, identity exploration, and community building for the LGBT community and those interested in this community. Priority will go to students eligible for on-campus housing at the time of room assignment. Students with a current on-campus housing guarantee may indicate a preference to live in this community during the housing contract process. All other eligible students may contact the Residence Life Liaison at reslifeliaison@ucsd.edu. For specific information about this program, please see your Residence Life website or contact your Resident Dean.

Ecological responsibility
Housing • Dining • Hospitality (HDH) strives to be ecologically responsible and educate our residents and employees on how we each individually impact the environment. Go to our sustainability section to meet Major Planet and learn about our recycling, conservation education, and sustainability efforts.

Disability accommodations
Guaranteed students with a disability requiring special Housing accommodations should apply for Housing online AND contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as early as possible. Students must register with OSD and receive an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) from their office. AFAs should be turned in to the Residence Life Liaison as soon as possible. Students must meet all Housing deadlines. AFAs for guaranteed continuing students are due to the Residence Life Liaison by 12 noon on April 22, 2014. AFAs for new freshmen entering in Fall 2014 are due to the Residence Life Liaison by August 1, 2014. Students with current AFAs will be sent information about deadlines for the 2015-2016 academic year via email. If you did not meet the above deadlines but have a medically-based need for housing accommodation, please contact the Residence Life Liaison by email or phone to discuss your situation.

Transgender students
As are all of our residents, transgender students are valued members of the on-campus living community at UC San Diego. In order to support the needs of incoming and continuing transgender students, we strongly encourage students to contact the Residence Life Liaison by email or phone to discuss individual and specific needs. More information on transgender living and the transgender community at UC San Diego is available at the LGBT website.

Special circumstances
If you have unique conditions that may warrant special attention, contact the Residence Life Liaison by email or phone to discuss your situation and options.

Food Allergy Accommodations
If you will be living on campus and have food allergies requiring special Dining accommodations, please contact Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as early as possible, http://osd.ucsd.edu/. Students must register with OSD and turn in an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) to the Residence Life Liaison. The AFA should include a request for a referral to the Registered Dietician. The AFA should be turned into the Residence Life Liaison well in advance of your first meal on campus.

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