Community Housing

We know that many members of the University of California community are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility of enforcement actions occurring on a UC campus. The Office of General Counsel at the UC Office of the President prepared the following to address these concerns: FAQs - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

We offer a substance-free Living Learning Community in the UCSB Residence Halls. If you are interested in a community for students recovering from substance use issues, please consider The Haven, a non-profit residence in nearby Isla Vista.

In order to terminate a Month-to-Month Contract, an owner or manager needs only to inform a tenant that s/he must vacate the premises within 30 days. The law does not require that an owner or manager give the tenant any reason for this action. Tenants have the same freedom. A tenant who signs a contract is legally obligated to pay the full amount of rent throughout the specified period, even if s/he moves out. Under a Month-to-Month Agreement, a tenant needs only to give the owner or manager 30 days notice of his/her intention to leave in order to satisfy all legal obligations. If you do not follow the lease terms, a landlord can evict you with the same procedure mentioned above.

Yes. If you violate the terms of your lease in such a way as to justify a decision to evict you and if the process of eviction follows mandated guidelines, you may still be held responsible for paying the rent. You'll continue to be responsible for the rent until someone else takes over your contractual obligations. You may also be held responsible for paying any other costs (advertising the vacancy, additional cleaning costs, etc.) that the owner or manager may feel resulted directly from your eviction.

Please call (805-893-4371) or come into the office ASAP. If after ours see our Success Guide for information and tips (several sections).

No. A 30-day notice on a month-to-month tenancy is not considered an eviction. It is the right of both the tenant and the landlord to give 30 day’s written notice of termination of the lease agreement.

For rentals that began on or after January 1, 2003, tenants must return the premises in the same state of cleanliness that they were in when the tenancy began. During the pre-move out inspection your landlord will provide you with his/her expectations of the condition for which you should leave your place. During the inspection you can negotiate with your landlord and get your agreements in writing.

It is your right to receive this pre-move inspection. If your landlord does not offer it, s/he may not know this law exists. We recommend that you remind your landlord, in writing, and set up a time that is convenient for both of you to inspect the unit.

For your protection and benefit your landlord must give you the opportunity for an initial move-out inspection, to be held not earlier than two weeks before your departure date. At the inspection, the landlord should make a list of the intended security deposit deductions (for damage or excessive wear and tear). The tenant may remedy the problems, keeping in mind any repair restrictions in the lease or rental agreement. Landlords can then deduct for unremedied problems. Landlords can also deduct for deficiencies that were not apparent during the inspection due to the presence of the tenant's possessions and for deficiencies that appear after the inspection.

“Reasonable” wear and tear consists of unavoidable detriment to the rental unit, even though reasonable care has been taken to avoid and minimize it. “Reasonable” wear and tear does not include anything that might be corrected by cleaning. If you have a question about something specific, consult the Success Guide.

Yes, it is wise to collect a deposit from your sub tenant because you are still responsible for any damages s/he makes while residing in your unit.

Should I sign a separate lease or contract with a subtenant? Yes, you should. You need to keep the original for your own records and you should be sure to give a copy of this new contract both to the owner or manager and to the subtenant. CHO has sublease forms in their office and in the online Survival Guide.

Most contracts include a clause requiring that owners or managers be informed in advance of any kind of sub-lease. The law, however, makes it clear that owners or managers may not "unreasonably" withhold permission for a sub-lease. In other words, if the person to whom an apartment is to be sub-leased meets the same credit standards and other criteria that the original tenant met, it is not reasonable for the owner or manager to deny permission for the sub-lease. But if a tenant proceeds to sub-lease an apartment without having first obtained the consent of the owner or manager, in writing, even though the contract includes a clause that says such permission must be granted for any sub-lease, the sub-lease will be invalid.

It is important to know in advance that the landlord has approved you as a new tenant. Once you have been accepted it is O.K. to sign. The next concern would be the deposit and how much to pay if you are moving in where others have lived for a while. It would be wise to agree on the condition of the unit before you sign a new lease. Complete an “inventory & condition report”. Discuss any “imperfections” with your housemates and possibly the landlord. Get things fixed at the beginning of your tenancy or get an agreement, in writing, from your housemates that you will not be held responsible for the specific “imperfections” you have found. If you do not do this you have agreed to accept the place “as is” and may be liable for damages you didn’t make when you are leaving.

First you will need to discuss your plans with your roommates. If you have a month-to-month contract you will need to give your landlord and roommates 30-day written notice. If your lease is a fixed term agreement, in most cases,you will need their permission to release you from it. Once you have their permission you can approach your landlord about his/her procedures. S/he will likely tell you to come back again once you found a suitable replacement for yourself. You must always have permission from the landlord to end your tenancy. Both your roommates and the landlord must approve of your replacement. An application and screening process will likely be required by the landlord. Once the replacement has been found your roommates will have to sign a document releasing you from the lease. Remember that while you are still on the lease at your old place it is not wise to sign onto another lease. Signing 2 leases means you will be liable for rent and damages on 2 units.

Once your old lease has expired and you are still residing in your unit and waiting to sign a new contract, the terms of your old contract are applicable on a month-to-month basis.

No. It is only necessary to give written notice on a month-to-month agreement. The fixed term lease will end on the date specified in the agreement. Should you wish to stay, a written notice is recommended to make this clear to your landlord/manager. A new agreement can then be arranged.

Despite everyone's best intentions, problems can occur between owners or managers and tenants and between roommates. Without a written agreement, it's difficult to resolve any dispute that might arise regarding the terms and conditions of a tenancy. A written document protects tenants and owners/managers as well as individual roommates.

No tenant should sign a lease or rental agreement without first having read it and understood it. CHO staff will gladly check leases for UCSB students to answer any questions and to go over the lease with you. If you want legal interpretations, we will refer you to the attorney at Associated Students Legal Services to answer your questions.

If both roommates are on a Month-to-Month Agreement and one leaves, giving 30 days notice before doing so, the agreement becomes null and void 30 days from the day that s/he gives notice or on the day specified in the written notice. The following two options are available to the roommate who stays: 1. Find a new roommate and sign a new contract; 2. Give a separate 30-day notice of intention to move out. The owner or manager retains all the prerogatives available to him/her under any 30-day agreement.

In tenancies under Month-to-Month Agreements, both the owner or manager and the tenant must give the other party at least 30 days notice, in writing, of any change they wish to make in the original terms and conditions. In other words, the owner or manager is entitled to raise the rent, but only after s/he has given the tenant 30 days notice of the increase. A 30-day notice to vacate may be given on any day of the month unless otherwise specified on the rental agreement.

If an agreement states that you and your roommate(s) are "jointly and severally liable," it's confirming that you're individually and collectively liable for the entire rent. In the event that your roommate(s) fail(s) to pay, you can be held responsible for his/her portion of the rent. This "joint and several" liability continues throughout the stated life of the contract.

When a tenant signs a lease, s/he is signing a legally enforceable contract. All the terms and conditions stated in the lease remain valid throughout the period specified. These constraints also apply to the owner or manager. The rent may not be raised during the specified period of a fixed term lease, nor may tenants be asked to vacate unless they've failed substantially to live up to the commitments they've made in signing the lease—if they're seriously behind with the rent, for example. Even in a situation such as this, however, owners and managers must still follow procedures provided under the law in order to implement an eviction.

Once you are on a month-to-month contract your landlord can raise your rent at any time for any amount s/he chooses. S/he must give you 30-day written notice of any such proposed raises. If increase exceeds 10% of the lowest rent charged within a 12 month period, s/he must give you 60-days notice.

Yes, the Community Housing Office hosts an on-line Off-Campus Housing Resource Center. It is designed to answer specific questions about housing related problems, i.e.: roommate conflicts, deposit issues, and much more. While there you will be able to write to an experienced staff person who will respond to your concerns via e-mail or telephone. Also available is a searchable knowledge base and downloads containing resources for landlords, tenants, and roommates.
 

Searching long distance can be difficult and deceiving. You can begin your search at home by visiting our Off-Campus Rental Listing Service . Other sources for local listings include: craigslist.org, individual property provider websites, Daily Nexus and Santa Barbara Independent websites.For more advice about how to begin your search see our Success Guide housing search tips.

You can begin your search at anytime of the year. It depends on your needs and desires. If you want housing in Isla Vista on the ocean (Del Playa), you will want to begin your search in early January for the following school year. Also, if you need a rental that accommodates more than 4 people (3 bedrooms or more), we recommend you start in early January. If you want to live in other parts of Isla Vista you can relax a little and search at your leisure in the Winter and Spring Quarter for the following school year. If you are interested in living outside of Isla Vista we recommend that you start your search 2-3 months in advance of the month you wish to begin your tenancy.

Residence Halls

We know that many members of the University of California community are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility of enforcement actions occurring on a UC campus. The Office of General Counsel at the UC Office of the President prepared the following to address these concerns: FAQs - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Please email housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu for the residence halls and housingnews@housing.ucsb.edu for the apartments. Include your name, perm number, your current payment plan, and your preferred payment plan. You may pay one annual payment, three quarterly payments, or nine monthly payments.

Meeting Space availability for student groups varies during the academic year and summer months. As part of our mission, we exist to enhance the learning and living activities of our residents and use of these areas should reflect and reinforce this. Please see below for contact information related to specific areas.

Main Lounges, Classrooms, Pools and Recreation Rooms: www.housing.ucsb.edu/reservations

Loma Pelona Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/loma-pelona-center

West Conference Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/west-conference-center

Lawn Requests: Contact either the Hall Council Advisors or the Residence Halls Association during the academic year. The requesting group must also fill out a “Lawn Use Request Form” which they can acquire from the Residential Operations Services Center (805.893.3312 or email osc@housing.ucsb.edu)

Tabling outside of a Dining Commons: Contact the Residence Halls Association for a “Reserving Table Space” form. After the RHA President signs it, the form then needs to be taken to the Dining Commons for the General Manager to approve. Groups are not allowed to table inside the Dining Commons.

We have hydration stations* in the following locations:

  • Anacapa Hall Lobby
  • Manzanita Village
    • DeAnza Resource Center Lobby
    • Montecito House Lobby
    • Madulce House Lobby
    • Tecolote House Lobby
  • San Clemente Villages
    • Arrowhead Village common room
  • San Miguel Hall Lobby
  • San Nicolas Hall Lobby
  • San Rafael Hall
    • First Floor Tower Lobby (across from elevator)
    • First Floor Ocean Cluster
    • Third Floor Mountain Cluster
  • Santa Catalina Hall
    • North Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
    • South Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
  • Santa Cruz Hall Lobby
  • Santa Rosa Hall Lobby
  • Santa Ynez Apartments Laundry Room
  • Sierra Madre Villages Miramar Center

*A hydration station is an upgraded drinking fountain that provides students a convenient way to fill up their reusable water bottles with filtered water for free. Instead of having to tilt their water bottle to fill it 75% at a water fountain, students now have the luxury of being able to fill their bottle to the top. There are also many hydration stations located throughout campus (visit the hydration station "layer" on UCSB's interactive campus map.) In addition to providing students a way of staying healthy and hydrated throughout the school year, hydration stations promote environmental stewardship by encouraging students to use and re-fill their reusable water bottles rather than purchasing single-use plastic bottles that end up polluting our oceans, beaches, and communities.

Yes, DirecTV service is available in the following common areas:

Building

Number

Locations

Anacapa

1

Rec Room

Santa Cruz

2

Theatre, Rec Room

Santa Rosa

1

Rec Room

San Nicolas

1

Rec Room

San Miguel

1

Rec Room

San Rafael

7

TV Lounge; tower floors 2-7

Manzanita

18

1 per house; LPC Fitness Center

Santa Catalina

22

South:  Floors 2-10; Fitness Center; Rec Room
North:  Floors 1-10 (not "ground floor"); Lobby

San Clemente

4

San Clemente Center; Arrowhead Lounge; Castaic Lounge; Encino Lounge

Westgate

1

Upstairs lounge (center of floor near lobby)

Santa Ynez

3

Fitness Center (multiple); Cachuma Center; Jameson Center

El Dorado

1

Lobby lounge

West Campus

1

West Campus Community Center

Storke

1

Storke Community Center, 2 staff break rooms

Sierra Madre

2

Sierra Madre Community Center - building 6A

Loma Pelona Center

2

1100 Rec Room; Fitness Center

 

We offer a substance-free Living Learning Community in the UCSB Residence Halls. If you are interested in a community for students recovering from substance use issues, please consider The Haven, a non-profit residence in nearby Isla Vista.

Yes, gender inclusive housing options are available for students that are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions. To inquire about gender inclusive housing options, please contact Mario Munoz, Assignment Services (805) 893-7391, or the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (805) 893-5846. 

Residents in any residence hall may opt to stay over the Thanksgiving break without an additional fee. However, you may only stay in the residence halls during winter and/or spring break if you live in select buildings and agree to pay the fee associated with each break period. You should plan ahead if you think that you might need housing during these break periods and indicate this need on your housing application so that you can be placed in one of three eligible halls: Manzanita Village, San Nicolas Residence Hall, or San Rafael Residence Hall. Since break housing in these buildings is optional, your Resident Director will send a detailed informational message to your university email account ('Umail') approximately three weeks prior to each eligible break period that will include a link at which you can sign up for break housing if you choose to do so. Additionally, information about preparing for winter and spring breaks will be posted in all residence halls prior to each break period. If you do not live in a break housing hall or do not choose to sign up for break housing, you must vacate your residence hall by 10:00 a.m. on the Saturday prior to each break period and cannot return until the halls reopen again the Sunday prior to the start of instruction for the subsequent quarter. Please note that minimal services are provided during break periods (e.g., dining commons are closed and only limited staffing remains in the buildings).
We cannot allow students to move in to their residence hall room before their assigned move-in date because the building will not be staffed and ready to accommodate residents. However, residents are welcome to move-in after their assigned move-in date/time as long as they are moved in before the start of classes. If you have any questions or concerns about Residence Hall move-in, please call Residence Hall Assignment Services at (805) 893-5513.
 
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. The front desk attendant will be able to schedule you an appointment with your RD or give you their contact information.
 
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. You can also find more information at http://wellness.sa.ucsb.edu/DogTherapyDay.aspx
 

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 resnet@housing.ucsb.edu with specific questions and concerns! More contact information as well as the ResNet information and policies can be found online at www.housing.ucsb.edu/resnet.   

Is something broken, damaged, or not working properly in your room, apartment, bathroom, common area, etc? Visit our Get It Fixed page, create a workorder, and someone from our Operations staff will fix your problem, usually by the next business day. We're here to help!

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.

 

 

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. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the residence hall or apartment or bodily injury for which you are liable. This GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Or, you can check with your family's homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if you are covered. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

 

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

 

For more information, please visit: GradGuard Insurance

 

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.

If students aren't self-assigning their own space, the Assignments staff will match students without a preferred roommate using the 14-question lifestyle survey. If you have specific people with whom you want to live, requests must be mutual.

Roommate's names and phone numbers are included in the room assignment notices that will be emailed in early September.

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. Although not mandatory, these are very helpful and highly encouraged. While specific details vary every year, the online application is usually due in January; the specific deadline will be announced closer to the date. More information about the interview process that follows the initial application will be released as the RA Selection process begins this year.

Check out the information on the Becoming a Resident Assistant webpage and look for RA Selection advertisements in the residence halls, apartments, DigiKnow, Facebook, and around campus towards the end of Fall quarter.

Our residence halls, except Santa Catalina, come furnished with a mirror in each closet. If you will be living in Santa Catalina, the mirror is above your room’s sink and is smaller in size. There are also full length mirrors in the Santa Catalina hallways.

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. 

There are other places on campus that provide printing services as well. Here are a few:

-Davidson Library
-any Collaborate Lab (about 17 labs throughout campus)
-University Center (3rd floor computer lab)
 

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.

The laundry system is set up so that when a payment is made with a credit card, it will be pre-authorized for $8, which is just a hold on the card. After 3 hours, the card will be charged for what was actually spent on laundry. The bank will release the $8 hold when the transaction is finalized. These transactions usually take 24-72 hours to completely settle. If that $8 transaction hasn’t settled after 72 hours, please contact WASH, the laundry vendor, at (800) 342-5932.

*Except for Westwinds Apartments, which offers CoinMach, a value card system.

http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/applications/employment-students is the website for student jobs in Housing & Residential Services. Some positions aren't listed if they're not hiring and jobs hire at different times. Information on Residence Hall Front Desk positions will be advertised during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter. DigiKnow, our digital signage network throughout our communities and Dining Commons, as well as our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterestadvertise student jobs throughout the year.
 
Check Gaucholink: http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/students/gaucholink for campus and community job listings. 

The Housing & Residential Services housekeeping staff clean residents’ rooms every other week. For residents living in suites with a bathroom, the housekeeping staff clean the suites once a week. The community spaces (hallways, bathrooms and lounges) are cleaned daily by Residential Operations staff. 

Move In Weekend and other important dates can be found on our calendar http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/calendar. If you need to make travel arrangements for Move In Weekend and you don't know your room assignment yet, plan to move in on the Sunday of Move In Weekend since you can move in anytime after your assigned time but not before.

Room and roommate assignments will go out in early September via students’ UCSB U-Mail (e-mail) address.

The size of the beds in the residence halls is Twin XL (39"x80"). This is a standard linen size that can be found in most department stores. Sheets may also be purchased through the Residence Hall Association's Linen program: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/blog/residence-halls-linens-program

You can find rate information for all of our communities here: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/rates. Keep in mind that rates are for an all inclusive 9-month contract that includes dining, high-speed wired and wireless internet access, regular housekeeping, laundry rooms, community events, 24-hour on-call maintenance and emergency staff, and more.

Residents of these communities are free to use our pianos:

 
Upright Pianos-
-San Rafael TV Room
-Santa Catalina (Linda Vista Room)
-Santa Cruz (Rec Room)
-Anacapa (Rec Room)
-San Miguel (Rec Room)
-San Nicolas (Rec Room)
-Portola Dining Commons
 
Steinway Piano-
-Santa Rosa (formal lounge)
 
Baby Grand Piano-
-Ortega Dining Commons

Through the 2&2 program, students who live in the residence halls for two years are guaranteed housing in the UCSB apartments for their third and fourth years.

Residence Halls Assignment Services
Housing & Residential Services
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6130
email: housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu
web page: www.housing.ucsb.edu
(805) 893-5513
(805) 893-2668 (TDD number)
(877) 885-9902 (FAX)

Check out our social media channels for information as well: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

 

Please do not ship any baggage to arrive earlier than the opening of the residence halls each quarter. Neither the University nor the Housing & Residential Services Department have space to store and hold items pending your arrival. If it is necessary for you to ship items, please address these articles to yourself, your hall, and room number. Ask the shipper to hold these articles pending your arrival at UCSB. It may be necessary for you to personally pick up your belongings from the shipper.

Each student is assigned a mailbox that is used during the academic year as long as the student lives in the UCSB residence halls. Mailboxes are shared by two people, usually, but not always, with your roommate. A student’s room number is not the mailing address. Students will be notified of their mailbox numbers prior to the opening of the halls. The mailboxes are at the Post Office located in the University Center (UCen).

For more information, please visit Residence Hall Mail.

 

We recommend that students who anticipate receiving any form of financial aid, (scholarships, grants and/or loans) select Payment Plan B. This plan usually coincides with the quarterly distribution of financial aid. If your room and board fees are not going to be paid by the deadline date (either by you or Financial Aid), you will need to contact Residence Halls Assignment Services to make payment arrangements. The exception to this is for the fall quarter, prior to arrival at UCSB, the Billing Office’s payment agreement form, available online at www.barc.ucsb.edu may be used for deferral of room and board fees as well as for student registration fees.

Contact Residence Halls Assignment Services before the fee deadline to discuss your deferral options.

Limited parking spaces are available at an additional fee for UCSB students residing in the residence halls. Generally, parking spaces are not in the immediate vicinity of the residence halls, but in remote campus locations. For more information, please visit our Parking & Transportation page. You may apply for a permit after you get your room assignment in late summer.

We encourage students to use the MTD bus service. This service is free for UCSB students and serves the entire area of Santa Barbara. Most students either bicycle or walk to and from their residence hall to classes.

Housing payments are made along with all BARC payments and can be made in person at the Cashier's Office, Student Affairs Building, SAASB 1212, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.

The mailing address for payment is University of California Santa Barbara, P.O. Box 743262, Los Angeles, CA 90074-3262

Make checks payable to UC Regents and always put your student identification number (PERM number) on your check.

Pets and other animals are not permitted in the residence halls, including visitor's pets. An exception is fish in a 10-gallon aquarium or smaller.

No. For your safety as well as your hallmates' safety, and by order of the UCSB Fire Marshal, no cooking equipment, including microwave or toaster ovens, grills, hot plates, coffee makers, toasters, panini makers, rice cookers, slow cookers, induction cookware, etc. are permitted in any student room. We provide microwave ovens in hall kitchenettes for students’ use. Each residence hall front desk has pots, pans, etc., for check out using your Access ID card.

Yes. Refrigerators must not be larger than 4.5 cubic feet. We recommend you coordinate buying or renting a refrigerator with your new roommates. UCSB has a partner vendor, Collegiate Concepts, for refrigerator rentals.

Undergraduate Apartments

We know that many members of the University of California community are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility of enforcement actions occurring on a UC campus. The Office of General Counsel at the UC Office of the President prepared the following to address these concerns: FAQs - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

In all UCSB apartment complexes, housekeeping service is limited to public areas such as laundry rooms, community centers, and exterior staircases and landings. Housekeeping services are not provided for apartment interiors. Residents are responsible for maintaining their apartments in a sanitary and non-hazardous condition. If you wish to vacuum your floors, you can borrow a vacuum from your Front Desk or your RA.

Please email housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu for the residence halls and housingnews@housing.ucsb.edu for the apartments. Include your name, perm number, your current payment plan, and your preferred payment plan. You may pay one annual payment, three quarterly payments, or nine monthly payments.

Meeting Space availability for student groups varies during the academic year and summer months. As part of our mission, we exist to enhance the learning and living activities of our residents and use of these areas should reflect and reinforce this. Please see below for contact information related to specific areas.

Main Lounges, Classrooms, Pools and Recreation Rooms: www.housing.ucsb.edu/reservations

Loma Pelona Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/loma-pelona-center

West Conference Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/west-conference-center

Lawn Requests: Contact either the Hall Council Advisors or the Residence Halls Association during the academic year. The requesting group must also fill out a “Lawn Use Request Form” which they can acquire from the Residential Operations Services Center (805.893.3312 or email osc@housing.ucsb.edu)

Tabling outside of a Dining Commons: Contact the Residence Halls Association for a “Reserving Table Space” form. After the RHA President signs it, the form then needs to be taken to the Dining Commons for the General Manager to approve. Groups are not allowed to table inside the Dining Commons.

We have hydration stations* in the following locations:

  • Anacapa Hall Lobby
  • Manzanita Village
    • DeAnza Resource Center Lobby
    • Montecito House Lobby
    • Madulce House Lobby
    • Tecolote House Lobby
  • San Clemente Villages
    • Arrowhead Village common room
  • San Miguel Hall Lobby
  • San Nicolas Hall Lobby
  • San Rafael Hall
    • First Floor Tower Lobby (across from elevator)
    • First Floor Ocean Cluster
    • Third Floor Mountain Cluster
  • Santa Catalina Hall
    • North Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
    • South Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
  • Santa Cruz Hall Lobby
  • Santa Rosa Hall Lobby
  • Santa Ynez Apartments Laundry Room
  • Sierra Madre Villages Miramar Center

*A hydration station is an upgraded drinking fountain that provides students a convenient way to fill up their reusable water bottles with filtered water for free. Instead of having to tilt their water bottle to fill it 75% at a water fountain, students now have the luxury of being able to fill their bottle to the top. There are also many hydration stations located throughout campus (visit the hydration station "layer" on UCSB's interactive campus map.) In addition to providing students a way of staying healthy and hydrated throughout the school year, hydration stations promote environmental stewardship by encouraging students to use and re-fill their reusable water bottles rather than purchasing single-use plastic bottles that end up polluting our oceans, beaches, and communities.

Yes, DirecTV service is available in the following common areas:

Building

Number

Locations

Anacapa

1

Rec Room

Santa Cruz

2

Theatre, Rec Room

Santa Rosa

1

Rec Room

San Nicolas

1

Rec Room

San Miguel

1

Rec Room

San Rafael

7

TV Lounge; tower floors 2-7

Manzanita

18

1 per house; LPC Fitness Center

Santa Catalina

22

South:  Floors 2-10; Fitness Center; Rec Room
North:  Floors 1-10 (not "ground floor"); Lobby

San Clemente

4

San Clemente Center; Arrowhead Lounge; Castaic Lounge; Encino Lounge

Westgate

1

Upstairs lounge (center of floor near lobby)

Santa Ynez

3

Fitness Center (multiple); Cachuma Center; Jameson Center

El Dorado

1

Lobby lounge

West Campus

1

West Campus Community Center

Storke

1

Storke Community Center, 2 staff break rooms

Sierra Madre

2

Sierra Madre Community Center - building 6A

Loma Pelona Center

2

1100 Rec Room; Fitness Center

 

We offer a substance-free Living Learning Community in the UCSB Residence Halls. If you are interested in a community for students recovering from substance use issues, please consider The Haven, a non-profit residence in nearby Isla Vista.

The size of the beds in the undergraduate apartments is Twin XL (39"x80"). This is a standard linen size that can be found in most department stores.

Yes, gender inclusive housing options are available for students that are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions. To inquire about gender inclusive housing options, please contact Mario Munoz, Assignment Services (805) 893-7391, or the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (805) 893-5846. 

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. You can also find more information at http://wellness.sa.ucsb.edu/DogTherapyDay.aspx
 

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 resnet@housing.ucsb.edu with specific questions and concerns! More contact information as well as the ResNet information and policies can be found online at www.housing.ucsb.edu/resnet.   

Is something broken, damaged, or not working properly in your room, apartment, bathroom, common area, etc? Visit our Get It Fixed page, create a workorder, and someone from our Operations staff will fix your problem, usually by the next business day. We're here to help!

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.

 

 

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. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the residence hall or apartment or bodily injury for which you are liable. This GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Or, you can check with your family's homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if you are covered. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

 

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

 

For more information, please visit: GradGuard Insurance

 

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.

If students aren't self-assigning their own space, the Assignments staff will match students without a preferred roommate using the 14-question lifestyle survey. If you have specific people with whom you want to live, requests must be mutual.

Roommate's names and phone numbers are included in the room assignment notices that will be emailed in early September.

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. Although not mandatory, these are very helpful and highly encouraged. While specific details vary every year, the online application is usually due in January; the specific deadline will be announced closer to the date. More information about the interview process that follows the initial application will be released as the RA Selection process begins this year.

Check out the information on the Becoming a Resident Assistant webpage and look for RA Selection advertisements in the residence halls, apartments, DigiKnow, Facebook, and around campus towards the end of Fall quarter.

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.

The laundry system is set up so that when a payment is made with a credit card, it will be pre-authorized for $8, which is just a hold on the card. After 3 hours, the card will be charged for what was actually spent on laundry. The bank will release the $8 hold when the transaction is finalized. These transactions usually take 24-72 hours to completely settle. If that $8 transaction hasn’t settled after 72 hours, please contact WASH, the laundry vendor, at (800) 342-5932.

*Except for Westwinds Apartments, which offers CoinMach, a value card system.

 

You can find rate information for all of our communities here: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/rates. Keep in mind that rates are for an all inclusive 9-month contract that includes high-speed wired and wireless internet access, regular housekeeping and landscaping in common areas, on-site laundry room, gas, electricity, water, garbage pick-up, community events, and 24-hour on-call maintenance and emergency staff.

 

Santa Ynez Apartment residents are free to use the Grand Piano (Yamaha) at the Jameson Center.
 

Through the 2&2 program, students who live in the residence halls for two years are guaranteed housing in the UCSB apartments for their third and fourth years.

The following are items residents often bring that are not included in the apartments: microwave, television, dishes, kitchen utensils, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, desk lamp. You may want to coordinate with your future roommates to avoid unnecessary duplication of items.

You will be given the name and email contact information for your assigned roommates.

Apartment and roommate assignments are generally emailed by the end of August each year to students umail accounts.

No, with the exception of fish in a container not exceeding 30 gallons.

In Santa Ynez and Westgate, each resident is entitled to a parking permit for a yearly fee. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is generally ample parking for all residents with cars. El Dorado has 58 parking spaces allocated by lottery to any of the 140 residents that have cars for a yearly fee. Those not allocated an El Dorado parking space are entitled to a parking permit for the Santa Ynez parking lot across the street. Residents will be asked to register their vehicle during the online personal preferences process. Permits will be ready for pick up during move in. The fee will be charged to the residents BARC account. For more information, please visit our Parking & Transportation page.

You may bring additional furnishings, however all furniture supplied in the apartment must remain in the apartment, as no storage is available.

Almost all of the spaces in Undergraduate Apartments are shared, double-occupancy rooms. There are 22 single occupancy studios in Westgate.

We are unable to accommodate specific apartment requests.

You can request a roommate that has the same type of contract as you. During the continuing student application process, you can apply with specific roommates. Actual room and roommate assignments are not made until late summer, so roommate requests can be made and modified through mid-summer.

Continuing UC Santa Barbara students apply each year in early January for the following academic year (results available in early February). New transfer students, EAP students and re-admitted students apply each year between April 1 and June 1. Transfer students applying on-time are guaranteed housing, while results for EAP and re-admitted students are available mid-June.

Graduate Apartments

We know that many members of the University of California community are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility of enforcement actions occurring on a UC campus. The Office of General Counsel at the UC Office of the President prepared the following to address these concerns: FAQs - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

In all UCSB apartment complexes, housekeeping service is limited to public areas such as laundry rooms, community centers, and exterior staircases and landings. Housekeeping services are not provided for apartment interiors. Residents are responsible for maintaining their apartments in a sanitary and non-hazardous condition. If you wish to vacuum your floors, you can borrow a vacuum from your Front Desk or your RA.

Please email housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu for the residence halls and housingnews@housing.ucsb.edu for the apartments. Include your name, perm number, your current payment plan, and your preferred payment plan. You may pay one annual payment, three quarterly payments, or nine monthly payments.

Meeting Space availability for student groups varies during the academic year and summer months. As part of our mission, we exist to enhance the learning and living activities of our residents and use of these areas should reflect and reinforce this. Please see below for contact information related to specific areas.

Main Lounges, Classrooms, Pools and Recreation Rooms: www.housing.ucsb.edu/reservations

Loma Pelona Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/loma-pelona-center

West Conference Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/west-conference-center

Lawn Requests: Contact either the Hall Council Advisors or the Residence Halls Association during the academic year. The requesting group must also fill out a “Lawn Use Request Form” which they can acquire from the Residential Operations Services Center (805.893.3312 or email osc@housing.ucsb.edu)

Tabling outside of a Dining Commons: Contact the Residence Halls Association for a “Reserving Table Space” form. After the RHA President signs it, the form then needs to be taken to the Dining Commons for the General Manager to approve. Groups are not allowed to table inside the Dining Commons.

We have hydration stations* in the following locations:

  • Anacapa Hall Lobby
  • Manzanita Village
    • DeAnza Resource Center Lobby
    • Montecito House Lobby
    • Madulce House Lobby
    • Tecolote House Lobby
  • San Clemente Villages
    • Arrowhead Village common room
  • San Miguel Hall Lobby
  • San Nicolas Hall Lobby
  • San Rafael Hall
    • First Floor Tower Lobby (across from elevator)
    • First Floor Ocean Cluster
    • Third Floor Mountain Cluster
  • Santa Catalina Hall
    • North Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
    • South Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
  • Santa Cruz Hall Lobby
  • Santa Rosa Hall Lobby
  • Santa Ynez Apartments Laundry Room
  • Sierra Madre Villages Miramar Center

*A hydration station is an upgraded drinking fountain that provides students a convenient way to fill up their reusable water bottles with filtered water for free. Instead of having to tilt their water bottle to fill it 75% at a water fountain, students now have the luxury of being able to fill their bottle to the top. There are also many hydration stations located throughout campus (visit the hydration station "layer" on UCSB's interactive campus map.) In addition to providing students a way of staying healthy and hydrated throughout the school year, hydration stations promote environmental stewardship by encouraging students to use and re-fill their reusable water bottles rather than purchasing single-use plastic bottles that end up polluting our oceans, beaches, and communities.

Yes, DirecTV service is available in the following common areas:

Building

Number

Locations

Anacapa

1

Rec Room

Santa Cruz

2

Theatre, Rec Room

Santa Rosa

1

Rec Room

San Nicolas

1

Rec Room

San Miguel

1

Rec Room

San Rafael

7

TV Lounge; tower floors 2-7

Manzanita

18

1 per house; LPC Fitness Center

Santa Catalina

22

South:  Floors 2-10; Fitness Center; Rec Room
North:  Floors 1-10 (not "ground floor"); Lobby

San Clemente

4

San Clemente Center; Arrowhead Lounge; Castaic Lounge; Encino Lounge

Westgate

1

Upstairs lounge (center of floor near lobby)

Santa Ynez

3

Fitness Center (multiple); Cachuma Center; Jameson Center

El Dorado

1

Lobby lounge

West Campus

1

West Campus Community Center

Storke

1

Storke Community Center, 2 staff break rooms

Sierra Madre

2

Sierra Madre Community Center - building 6A

Loma Pelona Center

2

1100 Rec Room; Fitness Center

 

We offer a substance-free Living Learning Community in the UCSB Residence Halls. If you are interested in a community for students recovering from substance use issues, please consider The Haven, a non-profit residence in nearby Isla Vista.

Yes, gender inclusive housing options are available for students that are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions. To inquire about gender inclusive housing options, please contact Mario Munoz, Assignment Services (805) 893-7391, or the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (805) 893-5846. 

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. You can also find more information at http://wellness.sa.ucsb.edu/DogTherapyDay.aspx
 

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 resnet@housing.ucsb.edu with specific questions and concerns! More contact information as well as the ResNet information and policies can be found online at www.housing.ucsb.edu/resnet.   

Is something broken, damaged, or not working properly in your room, apartment, bathroom, common area, etc? Visit our Get It Fixed page, create a workorder, and someone from our Operations staff will fix your problem, usually by the next business day. We're here to help!

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.

 

 

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. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the residence hall or apartment or bodily injury for which you are liable. This GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Or, you can check with your family's homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if you are covered. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

 

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

 

For more information, please visit: GradGuard Insurance

 

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. Although not mandatory, these are very helpful and highly encouraged. While specific details vary every year, the online application is usually due in January; the specific deadline will be announced closer to the date. More information about the interview process that follows the initial application will be released as the RA Selection process begins this year.

Check out the information on the Becoming a Resident Assistant webpage and look for RA Selection advertisements in the residence halls, apartments, DigiKnow, Facebook, and around campus towards the end of Fall quarter.

The size of the beds in San Clemente Villages is Full XL (54" x 80"). This is a standard linen size that can be found in most department stores.

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.

The laundry system is set up so that when a payment is made with a credit card, it will be pre-authorized for $8, which is just a hold on the card. After 3 hours, the card will be charged for what was actually spent on laundry. The bank will release the $8 hold when the transaction is finalized. These transactions usually take 24-72 hours to completely settle. If that $8 transaction hasn’t settled after 72 hours, please contact WASH, the laundry vendor, at (800) 342-5932.

*Except for Westwinds Apartments, which offers CoinMach, a value card system.

You can find rate information for all of our communities here: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/rates. Keep in mind that rates are for an all inclusive contract that includes high-speed wired and wireless internet access, regular housekeeping and landscaping in commons areas, on-site laundry rooms, gas, electricity, water, garbage pick-up, parking, community events, live-in staff, and 24-hour on-call maintenance and emergency staff.

The following are items residents often bring that are not included in the apartments: television, dishes, kitchen utensils, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, desk lamp. You may want to coordinate with your future roommates to avoid unnecessary duplication of items.

You will be given the name and email contact information for your assigned roommates.

Apartment and roommate assignments are generally emailed by mid-August each year to students’ Umail accounts.

No, with the exception of fish in a container not exceeding 30 gallons and approved animals required for disabilities.

Each resident is entitled to a parking permit at no extra charge. There are enough parking spaces for every resident.

You may bring additional furnishings, however all furniture supplied in the apartment must remain in the apartment, as no storage is available.

All rooms are single rooms.

We are unable to accommodate specific apartment requests.

You can request a roommate that has the same type of contract as you. During the continuing student application process, you can apply with specific roommates. New graduate students can request roommates during the contract process. Actual room and roommate assignments are not made until late summer, so roommate requests can be made and modified through mid-summer.

Continuing UC Santa Barbara students apply each year in early January for the following academic year (results available in early February). New graduate students apply each year between March 28 and May 15. New graduate students applying on-time are guaranteed housing (results are available by mid-June).

Family Student Housing

We know that many members of the University of California community are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility of enforcement actions occurring on a UC campus. The Office of General Counsel at the UC Office of the President prepared the following to address these concerns: FAQs - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

In all UCSB apartment complexes, housekeeping service is limited to public areas such as laundry rooms, community centers, and exterior staircases and landings. Housekeeping services are not provided for apartment interiors. Residents are responsible for maintaining their apartments in a sanitary and non-hazardous condition. If you wish to vacuum your floors, you can borrow a vacuum from your Front Desk or your RA.

Please email housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu for the residence halls and housingnews@housing.ucsb.edu for the apartments. Include your name, perm number, your current payment plan, and your preferred payment plan. You may pay one annual payment, three quarterly payments, or nine monthly payments.

We have hydration stations* in the following locations:

  • Anacapa Hall Lobby
  • Manzanita Village
    • DeAnza Resource Center Lobby
    • Montecito House Lobby
    • Madulce House Lobby
    • Tecolote House Lobby
  • San Clemente Villages
    • Arrowhead Village common room
  • San Miguel Hall Lobby
  • San Nicolas Hall Lobby
  • San Rafael Hall
    • First Floor Tower Lobby (across from elevator)
    • First Floor Ocean Cluster
    • Third Floor Mountain Cluster
  • Santa Catalina Hall
    • North Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
    • South Tower
      • First Floor Lobby
      • Fifth Floor
  • Santa Cruz Hall Lobby
  • Santa Rosa Hall Lobby
  • Santa Ynez Apartments Laundry Room
  • Sierra Madre Villages Miramar Center

*A hydration station is an upgraded drinking fountain that provides students a convenient way to fill up their reusable water bottles with filtered water for free. Instead of having to tilt their water bottle to fill it 75% at a water fountain, students now have the luxury of being able to fill their bottle to the top. There are also many hydration stations located throughout campus (visit the hydration station "layer" on UCSB's interactive campus map.) In addition to providing students a way of staying healthy and hydrated throughout the school year, hydration stations promote environmental stewardship by encouraging students to use and re-fill their reusable water bottles rather than purchasing single-use plastic bottles that end up polluting our oceans, beaches, and communities.

Yes, DirecTV service is available in the following common areas:

Building

Number

Locations

Anacapa

1

Rec Room

Santa Cruz

2

Theatre, Rec Room

Santa Rosa

1

Rec Room

San Nicolas

1

Rec Room

San Miguel

1

Rec Room

San Rafael

7

TV Lounge; tower floors 2-7

Manzanita

18

1 per house; LPC Fitness Center

Santa Catalina

22

South:  Floors 2-10; Fitness Center; Rec Room
North:  Floors 1-10 (not "ground floor"); Lobby

San Clemente

4

San Clemente Center; Arrowhead Lounge; Castaic Lounge; Encino Lounge

Westgate

1

Upstairs lounge (center of floor near lobby)

Santa Ynez

3

Fitness Center (multiple); Cachuma Center; Jameson Center

El Dorado

1

Lobby lounge

West Campus

1

West Campus Community Center

Storke

1

Storke Community Center, 2 staff break rooms

Sierra Madre

2

Sierra Madre Community Center - building 6A

Loma Pelona Center

2

1100 Rec Room; Fitness Center

 

Yes, gender inclusive housing options are available for students that are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions. To inquire about gender inclusive housing options, please contact Mario Munoz, Assignment Services (805) 893-7391, or the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (805) 893-5846. 

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. You can also find more information at http://wellness.sa.ucsb.edu/DogTherapyDay.aspx
 

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 resnet@housing.ucsb.edu with specific questions and concerns! More contact information as well as the ResNet information and policies can be found online at www.housing.ucsb.edu/resnet.   

Is something broken, damaged, or not working properly in your room, apartment, bathroom, common area, etc? Visit our Get It Fixed page, create a workorder, and someone from our Operations staff will fix your problem, usually by the next business day. We're here to help!

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.

 

 

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. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the residence hall or apartment or bodily injury for which you are liable. This GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Or, you can check with your family's homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if you are covered. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

 

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

 

For more information, please visit: GradGuard Insurance

 

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. Although not mandatory, these are very helpful and highly encouraged. While specific details vary every year, the online application is usually due in January; the specific deadline will be announced closer to the date. More information about the interview process that follows the initial application will be released as the RA Selection process begins this year.

Check out the information on the Becoming a Resident Assistant webpage and look for RA Selection advertisements in the residence halls, apartments, DigiKnow, Facebook, and around campus towards the end of Fall quarter.

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.

The laundry system is set up so that when a payment is made with a credit card, it will be pre-authorized for $8, which is just a hold on the card. After 3 hours, the card will be charged for what was actually spent on laundry. The bank will release the $8 hold when the transaction is finalized. These transactions usually take 24-72 hours to completely settle. If that $8 transaction hasn’t settled after 72 hours, please contact WASH, the laundry vendor, at (800) 342-5932.

*Except for Westwinds Apartments, which offers CoinMach, a value card system.

You can find rate information for all of our communities here: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/rates

Students receive priority. You may inquire with the housing office.

If you are married, you will need to provide your marriage certificate. If you are not married, you may provide domestic partner registration. If neither of these applies, we will review other documentation showing history of your family status, such as, but not limited, to a copy of your lease, joint bank account, bills etc.

Yes, you may apply for Family Student Housing. Upon offering housing you will be required to find an eligible replacement in order to release you from your current contract.

Pets are not permitted, with the exception of small caged animals (hamsters, turtles, small birds) and fish in tanks smaller than 30-gallons. Exceptions are reviewed for animals required for disabilities.

Pianos and organs require special permission.

Only one parking space is allocated per apartment. You can get on a waiting list for a second vehicle permit after you move in. You are not permitted to park a second car in Family Student Housing parking lots unless and until a second permit is issued. You may purchase a permit to park in one of our other university housing lots.

Apartments are not soundproof, the walls are thin and sounds travel easily. Our community is encouraged to share our commitment to a healthy and enriching environment for families.

The Oraflea Child Care Center, located on West Campus, provides day care for children of UC Santa Barbara students, staff and faculty ages three months to six years. Since this is a self-supporting operation, fees are charged for services. Scholarships based upon need are available to student families. For additional information, contact (805) 893-3665.

Any changes to family status must be reported to Apartment Assignment Services immediately. If you no longer remain eligible due to changes in family status, you will need to vacate Family Student Housing.

You may remain eligible to occupy your apartment without full-time student status for not more that one quarter (excluding summers) during your entire residency period. You must receive approval beforehand from Apartment Assignment Services and it cannot be during your first or last quarter of residence.

Residents that temporarily leave the area may sublet to other eligible students with prior written approval from the Assignment Services Office. Roomers or boarders are not allowed.

Residency limits are based on degree objective: B.A. – 4 years; M.A. – 2 years; Ph.D. – 6 years. No family may stay past 6 years total, even if more than one degree is sought in the family.

Extended family members are welcome as long as you have at least one eligible family member that lives with you on a permanent, full-time basis.

We do not guarantee assignment to a specific apartment or specific apartment type. However, we do try to meet applicant preferences. Your flexibility may help us accommodate you earlier than if you have specific requests.

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.

The earlier you apply, the greater your chances for getting an apartment near the date you desire. You may apply before you are accepted to the university.

Dining

Meeting Space availability for student groups varies during the academic year and summer months. As part of our mission, we exist to enhance the learning and living activities of our residents and use of these areas should reflect and reinforce this. Please see below for contact information related to specific areas.

Main Lounges, Classrooms, Pools and Recreation Rooms: www.housing.ucsb.edu/reservations

Loma Pelona Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/loma-pelona-center

West Conference Center: http://www.conferences.ucsb.edu/west-conference-center

Lawn Requests: Contact either the Hall Council Advisors or the Residence Halls Association during the academic year. The requesting group must also fill out a “Lawn Use Request Form” which they can acquire from the Residential Operations Services Center (805.893.3312 or email osc@housing.ucsb.edu)

Tabling outside of a Dining Commons: Contact the Residence Halls Association for a “Reserving Table Space” form. After the RHA President signs it, the form then needs to be taken to the Dining Commons for the General Manager to approve. Groups are not allowed to table inside the Dining Commons.

If you need to increase your plus plan, you can add $50 increments by going to 1508 Residential Services (next to De La Guerra Dining Commons).

Apply online through our Student Employment website. Or take your current class schedule to the Dining Commons of your choice and speak with the Personnel Manager.

Use NetNutrition to review the menu options and nutritional content of your food selections. This tool can be used to help you make educated food choices at any of our Dining Commons.

It is quick and easy. Place an order online, get hours and closures, and pickup locations  by visiting our sack meals page*. Make sure to place your order online the night before your meal is needed.

*note that the summer sack meal program varies slightly from the academic year.

You may exit the dining room while eating one dessert item, for example ice cream cone, cookie, piece of fruit, etc. All other food and beverages must be consumed inside the dining room, with the exception of coffee at breakfast.

Note that take-out meals are available at Ortega Dining Commons during breakfast and lunch. Visit the take-out meals page for details.
 

If you have lost your Access Card, to enter any of the dining commons you will need to obtain a meal voucher from one of the following designated locations: front desk at San Nicolas Hall, Santa Catalina North, or De Anza Resource Center at Manzanita Village. A meal voucher is valid for 24 hours and a new Access Card must be obtained from the University Center (UCen) during this time. Visit one of the designated front desks listed above for more details.

Yes. Enjoy a hotdog, nachos, popcorn, and many other foods by using your Plus Dollars at any Concessions events.

Use your Dining Plus dollars at any of our UCSB campus dining eateries. For locations select Meal plans.

Change your meal plan online. Submit your request on the meal plan change form.

Select Off Campus Plan to purchase an off campus meal plan. You may purchase a meal plan at anytime during the quarter by going online.

Your landlord has 21 days to return your deposit to you at the address you have provided as your forwarding or last known address. If s/he does not return your deposit in a timely matter see our Deposit Dispute page where you will find a step-by-step approach to getting your deposit back.