Continuing Students

UCSB Residence Halls

All undergraduate students are eligible to live in any of the residence halls. We keep it simple. Our nine-month contract includes your room, all-you-care-to-eat meals in the UCSB Dining Commons, utilities, wireless internet access, housekeeping, and furnishings, so no figuring out bills with various roommates, no deposit or first and last month rent, and no co-signing leases. If you are interested in privately-owned accommodations in the community, be sure to contact Community Housing Services in advance of securing a place to stay. 

Important Dates

  • January 30 | Housing Application Opens

    The continuing undergraduate student housing application opens on January 30, 2023 at 10:00am. Applying for housing is not a guarantee that you will receive a contract. 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. 

  • February 16 | Housing Application Closes

    The housing application closes on February 16 for priority consideration. All students applying after February 16 will be added to the late applicant list for consideration after our new student application processes are concluded.

  • February 21 | Contracts Offered

    Contract offers will be determined by a lottery process. Students who receive a contract may exercise the option to choose their preferred roommate(s) who have the same type of housing contract. We anticipate that available space in our housing communities will be limited. Students not awarded an offer initially, but who also applied by February 16, may remain on a priority list for future spaces. We recommend students without contracts explore other possibilities and attend our educational programs regarding community housing options. 

  • May 22 | Room Selection Begins

    Students who have a 2023-24 contract can select their room online. Appointment times and detailed instructions will be sent out late April.

  • July 17 | Cancellation Deadline for $100

    There is a $100 cancellation fee from the time of signing the contract until July 17. After July 17 there is a $350 cancellation fee until September 5.

  • September 5 | Cancellation Deadline for $350

    September 5 is the deadline to cancel for a $350 fee. After September 5 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.

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 or email your questions to Please visit our Rates page for fee information, 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 University & Community Housing Services at