Family Student Housing

Should I have personal property insurance?

The University of California strongly recommends renters insurance for all students. Renters insurance provides valuable protection if your personal belongings are stolen or damaged, including laptop computers, smartphones, bicycles, game consoles, textbooks, clothing and other personal items. If your laptop or other valuables are stolen or damaged, you are responsible for replacing them, not the school.

How do I apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA)?

Specific information about how to become an RA in the Residence Halls and the Apartments for the subsequent school year is typically released around the end of fall quarter. The application for the RA position should become live online around the end of fall quarter. In the beginning of winter quarter, Residential & Community Living (R&CL) usually puts on optional information sessions to give everyone the chance to learn more about the position, listen to current RAs share their experiences, and ask any questions about the position.

How do I do laundry in a UCSB Residence Hall or Apartment Complex?

Each of our Residence Halls and Apartment complexes* are equipped with a laundry facility for residents to use. Residents can use a credit/debit card directly at each machine (Visa and Mastercard) to do their laundry. Students can sign up for WaveVision, a laundry alert system that will let residents know the status of machines (available, running, done), minutes remaining, and an option for notifications. They can sign up for a free account by going to https://www.mywavevision.com/ and setting their location to 93106.

When will I be assigned an apartment?

Families with children can expect to wait 6 months or less while families without children generally wait about 6-12 months. Residents vacate throughout the year. Your turn for assignment is based on your application date, your apartment preference and your desired move-in date. Your flexibility in apartment style and move-in date will help us accommodate you earlier than if you have specific requests.

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