Continuing Students

Undergraduate 3rd & 4th Years

University undergraduate apartments* are available for continuing students that will be in their third year attending UCSB or higher. We keep it simple. Our nine month contract includes your apartment with kitchen, utilities, wireless internet access, and furnishings, so no figuring out bills with various roommates, no deposit or first and last month rent, and no co-signing leases. 

*Apartment options include 1- and 2-bedroom apartments (double occupancy bedrooms) in El Dorado, Santa Ynez, and Westgate Apartments; 2- and 3-bedroom apartments (double occupancy bedrooms) in Sierra Madre Villages; 3-bedroom apartments (double occupancy bedrooms) in San Joaquin Villages; and single occupancy studio apartments (limited availability) in Westgate Apartments

Important Dates

  • March 16 | Housing Application Opens

    Please check your U-Mail account directly and frequently so that you don’t miss any important messages from UCSB. It is not reliable to forward your U-Mail to an alternate email (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.) If you don’t receive a confirmation email from us within a few minutes of submitting your application, check your spam folder. 

  • July 1 - August 15 | Contracts Offered

    Contract offers are made and roommate preferences are taken. Students with contracts may exercise the option to choose preferred roommates.

  • July 15 | Cancellation Deadline for $100

    There is a $100 cancellation fee from the time of signing the contract until July 15. After July 15 there is a $350 cancellation fee until September 1.

  • July 20 | Roommate Process Deadline

    For students who currently have a 2021-22 contract you can create a roommate group with other contract holders in the university apartments by using the optional roommate process. This is optional and those who do not complete the process by July 20 at 4:00pm will be matched based upon the answers to their roommate preference questions.

  • September 1 | Cancellation Deadline for $350

    September 1 is the deadline to cancel for a $350 fee. After September 1 contract holders will be held rent responsible until a replacement is found, or unless otherwise notified.

  • Early September | Room Assignments

    Assignment letters will be sent along with instructions for signing up for a time to arrive on campus.

  • Late September | Off Campus Meal Plan

    Don't feel like cooking? UCSB Residential Dining offers students who don't live in the residence halls the option to eat in the UCSB Dining Commons through the Off Campus Meal Plan. The UCSB-owned and operated Tenaya Market & Eatery is conveniently located at the San Joaquin Villages apartment complex at the corner of El Colegio and Storke Roads, and offers local and sustainable food options as well. 

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. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the apartment and/ or bodily injury for which you are liable. The GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Alternatively, you can check with your private homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy about coverage. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

If you have questions about the online application process, please contact University & Community Housing Services at 805-893-4371 between 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, or email your questions to Please visit our Rates page for apartment fees, and our Billing page for help navigating the payment process.



To inquire about gender inclusive housing options available for students that identify as trans* or non-binary, please contact Mario Muñoz, University & Community Housing Services, at