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Housing for Current Undergrad Residents


Housing Waitlist Contract Move-in Info/What to Bring General Questions
Housing Guarantee Dining Plan Amenities/Services Financial Aid/Billing

Housing Waitlist

Once I submit my Housing Waitlist Application, how long will I be on the Housing Waitlist?

In the event a vacancy arises, students will be contacted the moment we are able to offer you a space. Please note: submitting a Housing Waitlist application does not guarantee you a space on campus. If you are not offered a space for the quarter in which you applied, you will need to reapply the following quarter. Your Housing Waitlist application does not roll over into the next quarter.

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Is it possible to be released from my Housing contract?

If you wish to cancel your Housing contract during the summer months before you take occupancy, the answer is YES. Please read the Cancellation Policy regarding cancellation fees. Refer to the section that pertains to you (Returning Student or Incoming Student).

If you wish to terminate your Housing contract after move in or during the academic year, the process begins with your Residential Life Office. Please note: you will be responsible for your housing and dining charges until you are approved for contract release and complete the entire move-out process (which includes turning in of keys and appropriate forms). If you are denied release, you will be instructed on how to appeal. If you are granted a housing contract release because you are withdrawing from the University please communicate with both your College Academic Advising Office and your Residential Life Office.

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Move-In Information/What To Bring

When can I move in?

Your Housing contract begins Saturday, September 22, 2018; all information pertaining to move-in will be included in the welcome letter that is scheduled to be emailed to students in late August/early September.

College Welcome Letters

The UC San Diego Residential Life Offices will send out Welcome Letters late August/early September. Your Welcome Letter will provide you with important information about move-in week, things to plan on and where you can check your room assignment and roommate information. Contact your Residential Life Office with questions.

What should I bring?

Bring your own towels, pillow, bedding to fit an extra-long twin bed (36" x 80"), a non-halogen desk lamp, fan, computer, power surge protector, and personal first aid kit.

Once you receive your room assignment in August, it’s a GREAT idea to check with roommates and figure out who will bring larger items to share. Some residents like to purchase items together once they move in. Examples include:

  • mini refrigerator (smaller than five cubic feet with a safe UL-approved electrical system)
  • microwave
  • iPod & MP3 Player
  • television
  • printer
  • mini-vacuum
  • Bike Lock – U Shaped (see UCPD website)

Can I bring a refrigerator or microwave?

Yes, one small refrigerator is allowed in each room. It must be smaller than five cubic feet and have a safe UL-approved electrical system. Microwaves may also be brought. Check with roommates to make sure you don’t duplicate items.

Move-Out Information

Remember, at the end of the year you are responsible for removing all of the items you "move-in"! Donation bins, recycling, and trash dumpsters will be available, but we do not offer storage on campus. Keep this in mind when you're bringing items to campus in the fall!

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Housing Guarantee

What is the Housing guarantee?

All first-year incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students admitted to UC San Diego in Fall 2018 are eligible for guaranteed Housing space for two years (six consecutive academic year quarters, beginning with Fall 2018 and excluding summers) if their housing applications and housing contracts are turned in by their respective deadlines. First-year incoming freshmen are defined as new students entering UC San Diego in the fall, directly from high school. Incoming transfer students are defined as new student entering UC San Diego in the fall.

How do I keep my Housing guarantee and not lose it?

To keep your housing guarantee, you must continuously reside on campus for the entire academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter, excluding summer) and meet all housing deadlines. Moving off campus for any length of time other than quarter breaks, summer, UC San Diego-sponsored exchange program, or a military training/deployment voids your Housing guarantee.

Please note: Regents Scholars, Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars, Chancellor’s Entering Freshmen Scholars, and Chancellor’s Associate Scholars who meet all first-year incoming freshmen student deadlines are guaranteed twelve consecutive academic year quarters in campus Housing as long as they continue to meet scholarship and Housing guarantee criteria. Moving off campus for any length of time other than quarter breaks, summer, or a UC San Diego-sponsored exchange program voids your Housing guarantee.

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How can I get phone service?

Very few of our residents subscribe to a land line. If you would like to make arrangements for regular telephone service, please contact your Residential Life Office for instructions. If you would like a phone and answering machine, be sure to bring them with you.

Are there computer labs available?

Computer labs are available throughout campus. Printing is also available. To find the computer lab closest to you, UC San Diego has an online Computer Lab Lookup tool available.

Where can I do my laundry?

Washers and dryers are conveniently located in or near each residential Housing facility. Check with your specific college of residence for locations or visit our laundry page for detailed information.

Will housekeeping clean my room?

All on-campus Housing facilities include some level of cleaning service each week. Cleaning is restricted to public areas including living rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their private sleeping areas and taking out their trash. Vacuums are available at each Residential Life Office, but residents may consider bringing their own mini-vacuum.

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General Questions

Do I need to have renters insurance for my campus living space?

Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you carry renters insurance to protect your personal property (such as computers and other valuables). Here is a link that is specifically designed for UC San Diego renters:

Can I stay on campus during Winter or Spring Break?

Students are not allowed to stay in the residence halls during Winter Break. However, apartment residents may stay on campus during this time. All facilities will be open and available for students to stay in during Spring Break.

If parents come to visit, where can they stay?

La Jolla offers many hotels; the Marriott, Radisson, and Hyatt have locations near the campus.

How can I get around campus?

Transportation and Parking Services offers numerous free campus shuttles to help students get around, both on and off campus. Please visit their website for more information.

Do you have housing for Undergraduate couples and families?

All student couples and families are housed in our Graduate and Family communities. Contact our office at 858-534-4010 or for more information regarding the couples/family housing application/contract process.

How do I obtain a housing verification (for Cal-Fresh, Off-campus lease, DMV, or Bank)?

Students can request a housing verification by either sending an email to or visiting us in person at our office located on the second floor of the HDH Administration Building in Revelle College.

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Dining Plan

When do I select my Dining Plan?

All current residents will be asked to select a Dining Plan (from the available options, depending on their room type) in late August/early September. More information regarding the various Dining Plan options will be sent to all residents over the summer.

Can I cancel my Dining Plan?

Our Housing and Dining plan is a comprehensive room and board program. The Dining Plan cannot be changed, dropped, refunded, or transferred to Triton Cash.

How do I check my Dining Dollar balance? Can I purchase Additional Dining Dollars?

To view your Dining Dollar balance and purchase additional Dining Dollars, please visit our Online Card Office. Please note: You may purchase additional Dining Dollars at any time. We recommend waiting until spending and eating patterns are established mid-year, since Dining Dollars are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may only be used at UC San Diego Dining Services locations.

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How are Housing fees billed?

Residential Housing fees are billed in the UC San Diego Statement, Housing charges can be found in the same location that UC Tuition and Education Fees are billed along with any current or delinquent University Charges. Housing also has a Housing Cost & Payment Schedule which serves as a reminder of future Housing Charge due dates.

Where is my UCSD Student Billing Statement sent?

All statements will be emailed to your UC San Diego email account. If you wish to have your bills emailed to an additional address, visit TritonLink, select "Billing and Payment", then "Authorize a Parent/Payer".

How do I pay for Housing?

Please visit Ways to Pay Your Bill to review all forms of payment that are accepted by the University. At this time, credit cards are not accepted.

All installments must be paid by the due date indicated on the e-statement and Housing Cost and Payment Schedule. Fees and/or charges not paid by this date are considered delinquent and are subject to a $20 late charge.

How can I change my Housing installment payment plan?

Changes to your housing installment payment plan can be made in mid-August. To make any changes, log into the Housing Portal and submit a “Housing Installment Payment Plan Change.” You can elect to PAY IN FULL, QUARTERLY, or MONTHLY installments. Students who elect to pay quarterly or monthly are assessed a one-time $30 housing administrative fee.

Can financial aid be used to cover Housing payments?

Yes. The university applies your financial aid first to tuition fees and past due amounts, second to Housing charges, and third to any other outstanding charges that may be due. If your University fees exceed the amount of financial aid, any outstanding charges are the student’s financial responsibility.

May I use loan money towards Housing?

Yes, but only after you receive a promissory note from your lender. Remember to check the EFT box on your Financial Aid application. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 858-534-4480 if you have any questions about your loan application.

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