UCSB Residence Halls Move In Information

Welcome!

WELCOME TO THE UCSB Residence Halls! We are looking forward to move-in weekend, a great academic year and helping you to get connected in an amazing environment. We will continue to update this page with information about move-in, including traffic or construction issues. Please check back a few days before your scheduled move-in day to make sure you have all the necessary information. In the meantime connect with us and other Gauchos now via social media using the buttons above.

Getting to UCSB

There are a number of ways to access UCSB from the north and the south. For move-in at Anacapa, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Manzanita, and San Rafael we recommend that all residents arriving to campus via the 101 Freeway follow the below directions:

From Highway 101 South (arriving from areas north of UCSB)

  • Exit on CA-217
  • Proceed to traffic circle
    • For those going to Manzanita and San Rafael take the Mesa Road exit
    • For those going to San Nicolas, San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, and Santa Cruz take the Lagoon Road exit
  • Follow signs to your specific complex

 

  • From Highway 101 North (arriving from areas south of UCSB)

    • Exit Los Carneros Road and turn right
    • Continue on Los Carneros for approximately 1 mile
    • Turn left onto Mesa Road
    • Follow signs to your specific complex

 

For residents in Santa Catalina, we ask that you check-in at a separate location to pick up your keys before proceeding to Santa Catalina itself:

  • From Highway 101 South (arriving from areas north of UCSB)
    • Exit Los Carneros Road and turn right
    • Continue on Los Carneros for approximately 1 mile
    • Turn right onto Discovery Drive
    • Follow signs to check-in area
  • From Highway 101 North (arriving from areas south of UCSB)
    • Exit Los Carneros Road and turn left
    • Continue on Los Carneros for approximately 1 mile
    • Turn right onto Discovery Drive
    • Follow signs to check-in area

 

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Moving In

What day/time can I move in?

  • For all residence halls except Santa Catalina: All students will be assigned a check-in time for their move-in day. You may arrive on or after your move-in time, but not before.
  • For Santa Catalina: move-in occurs over three days. Therefore, residents are assigned both a day AND a time to move-in. You may arrive on or after that day and time, but not before.
  • Move-in times will be e-mailed to residents' U-Mail account in early September. Check-in times are scheduled to maximize traffic and elevator efficiency.
  • Friday, September 22: Santa Catalina (Day 1 of 3)
  • Saturday, September 23: Anacapa; San Miguel; Santa Catalina (Day 2 of 3); Santa Cruz; and Manzanita
  • Sunday, September 24: San Nicolas; San Rafael; Santa Catalina (Day 3 of 3); and Santa Rosa

Where Do I Find My Move-In Information?

  • Students are assigned a Move-In Arrival Day and Time based on their assigned residence hall. If you choose to arrive on your residence hall’s opening day you can arrive on or after (but not before) your arrival time. If you choose to arrive after your hall’s opening day, you may arrive anytime between 9am and 10pm. Final confirmation of your building and room assignment, along with your move-in day and time, will be emailed to you in early September.

How Does Check-In Work?

  • ​Once you arrive at UCSB please follow all signage and staff directions to your unloading zone. Please display unloading zone pass face up on your dashboard. Additional passes are available when you arrive if you bring more than one vehicle.
  • Once you arrive at the unloading area, the student will check in at the tent with their Access Card while the family unloads the auto (single student drivers will be allowed to briefly park in a designated area). Unloading time is limited to 15 minutes. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the unloading zone.
  • As soon as the room key is obtained, the student must return to the unloading area. After unloading is complete, one person will have to move the car from the unloading zone to one of the long-term lots and can then return either following our walking tour of campus or using a shuttle. The unloading pass will serve as a complimentary parking permit for Move-in Weekend.
  • Please be prepared for some traffic, and it's probably best to bring some water and snacks for the car as the weather can be hot during this time and waits can last a long time. When you arrive we will have carts to help you unload quickly.

What Do I Need to Check-in?

  • It is best to have your Access Card with your student PERM number, which is a 7-digit number assigned to you by the university. This will provide us with information during check-in and also provides access to many residence hall areas. Many new students often obtain this during orientation; however, if you don't yet have your access card, please bring a photo ID to check in and get your access card at the UCen Information Desk from 8am-4pm on September 23 and 24, or during normal business hours the following week.
  • You must bring your move-in pass with you. This will be mailed to your permanent address two weeks before move-in. This pass also serves as your parking pass for the weekend. Please leave this parking pass on your windshield as you approach campus. This will help our checkpoint attendants guide you to your destination.
  • Please try to avoid large vehicles (RVs, U-Hauls, etc.)

What Should I Bring?

  • We recommend that residents reach out to their roommates to coordinate what they are going to bring to the room to allow residents to maximize the space in their rooms. However, at a minimum, each resident should bring:
    • Pillow & pillowcase
    • Sheets & mattress cover (beds are extra large twin size) 
    • Blankets 
    • Towels 
    • Bathrobe & shower shoes
    • Toiletries and carrying caddy
  • Many residents may also want to bring
    • a laundry basket and detergent;
    • decorations – push pins for posters, etc.;
    • filtered water pitcher (e.g. Brita or Pur);
    • refrigerator (4.5 cu. ft. or smaller). The UCSB Campus Store (formerly The UCSB Bookstore) has an agreement with Collegiate Concepts for refrigerator rentals that will be delivered directly to student rooms;
    • hot beverage mug, reusable water bottle, other dishes and utensils for snacks;
    • bicycle, helmet, U-Lock and bike light (put lock and light on bike before leaving home);
    • computer and printer;
    • high quality surge protector(s);
    • small fan;
    • rain gear;
    • small desk lamp
  • The following items are NOT allowed:
    • Explosives, firearms, or other weapons
    • Illegal drugs or alcohol
    • Empty alcohol containers as decorations
    • Torchiere-style (floor lamps), halogen, or incandescent lamps 
    • Waterbeds
    • Pets (no unapproved pets allowed in buildings at any time, especially during Move-In Weekend);
    • Cooking in rooms is not allowed and thus equipment, including (but not limited to): microwave, hot plate, coffee pot, hot water kettle, toaster, rice cooker, grill, hot coils, and popcorn poppers are prohibited

The UCSB Dining Commons will be open for students and their families over Move-in Weekend. Prices for guest meals are $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-12.

Late Arrival

If you arrive at a time after Move-In Weekend to unload your items you must pay for parking at the automated permit dispenser in a visitor parking lot (10, 16, 18, or 22). Once you've purchased the permit you may use the 30-minute parking spaces near your residence hall for active unloading if you have the visitor parking permit displayed on your dashboard. When you're finished, move your vehicle to the visitor parking lot to avoid exceeding the 30 minute time limit. Pick up keys and check-in at your building's front desk. Carts to help you move should be available.