Residence Halls

How do I switch rooms?

If you’re interested in changing rooms within your residence hall or moving into a new residence hall entirely, you will need to contact the Resident Director (RD) of your building. He or she will be able and happy to help you go over your room change options two weeks after the start of the quarter. After two weeks, you can get in contact with your RD by going to the front desk of your building.

What/When is dog therapy day?

During the 10th week of the quarter (the week before finals), UCSB Health & Wellness brings in certified dog therapists to help relieve finals week stress and promote positive outlooks and wellness. Advertisements for Dog Therapy Day will broadcast on DigiKnow screens throughout our communities and Dining Commons as “Study Week” (the week before finals) approaches.

My computer's not connecting to the residential network (ResNet). Who can help me?

The ResNet staff can help you! There are service centers in San Nicolas, Manzanita Village, and Santa Catalina where you can talk to and receive help from a member of the ResNet staff. You can also email with specific questions and concerns! More contact information as well as the ResNet information and policies can be found online at   

Can I live in University Housing if I am not a full-time student?

As a student living in University Housing, it is required that you are enrolled as a full-time student, taking a minimum of 12 units per quarter. If you are not enrolled with 12 units, or are unable to sign up for classes, you MUST make an appointment to meet with your hall’s Resident Director as soon as possible to discuss the matter further and go over your options. To make an appointment with your RD, stop by your hall’s front desk. Apartment residents should stop by the main office in Santa Ynez or call 805-893-4021.



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 you match roommates?

We ask fourteen lifestyle questions during the personal preferences process that is accessed via the Applications page.

If students are self-assigning their space, you'll be able to see responses to others' Personal Preferences/Lifestyle Questionnaire during self-assign to make good choices for yourself. If you have specific people with whom you want to live, review instructions on booking roommate groups.

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.

Are there printers in the residence halls?

The Housing & Residential Services network (ResNet) provides laser printing services to all current residents of UCSB Housing. This service allows residents to print from anywhere on ResNet (wired or wireless) to any laser printer located at the residence hall front desks. An accumulated charge of $.07 per page will be billed to your BARC account at the end of each month. There is more information on this page ResNet Remote Printing; however, it's only accessible when you're at UCSB and on our network.