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January 30, 2019
UCSB Housing Contracts

Continuing Undergraduate Student Housing Contracts for 2019-20 Available Starting January 31, 2019

Would you rather focus on studying and not have to worry about co-signing leases, figuring out utility bills with your roommates, buying furniture, etc? If so, live in UCSB Housing! As part of the University, we are here for you for your entire UCSB experience. We have the 2&2 plan to maximize your housing experience at a great value. Students who live in the residence halls for 2 years are guaranteed housing in UCSB apartments for their 3rd and 4th years.

The 2019-20 UCSB Undergraduate Housing Contract will be available in various phases starting January 31. If you like where you currently live, you can stay there! You’ll have January 31 and February 1 to claim the same space for next year, and then your space will become available for general room selection for other students. This means that any undergraduate student can live in any residence hall. For example, if you want to stay in your ocean view room in Santa Cruz for your second year, you can. Or, if you never got to experience resort-style living at Santa Catalina during your first year, you can live there as a sophomore, junior or senior! Freshmen-only residence halls are a thing of the past. Learn more about each of our residences on our website.

Starting February 6 is the self-assignment and roommate pull-in process for the residence halls and apartments for students currently living in UCSB Housing. You’ll be able to pick your building and room online, book the space, pull-in roommate(s) if applicable, and sign your housing contract. This means that you’ll know in February exactly where you’ll be living for Fall 2019 and you will not have to wait for a room assignment to arrive in the summer. Students who do not currently live in UCSB Housing will be able to sign a contract between February 14 - 22.

Keep your eye on DigiKnow, our social media channels, and especially your umail for more information throughout the 2019-20 housing contract process. There's also a lot of information on the Continuing Undergraduate Student contract page.

If you decide to explore other options, we encourage you to take your time, get educated, and minimize pressure to make any decisions. Community Housing Services will be offering educational programs to assist students in securing privately owned accommodations. And remember, even if you don’t live in our communities, you can still eat in the UCSB Dining Commons through the Off Campus Meal Plan.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We’re here to help!  


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2018-19 housing contract

Hi Kirk, unfortunately the contract closed a few weeks ago. You can sign up for the waitlist on this page: (scroll to the bottom and select the button for residence halls and/or apartments.) Please note, apartments are for 3rd and 4th year students. Thanks! -julie

Campus housing

I am an incoming freshman. Not sure if this what I am supposed to do but if this is the back of the line then count me in. Thx

campus housing

Hi Ryan, this blog post is for continuing students. For freshmen housing check out Thanks!

international student housing

Hi I have just been accepted for UCSB this Fall as an international student entering my junior year. Is there specific housing allocated to international exchange student or would I enter the wait-list for on-campus housing?

International Student Housing

Congratulations! Since you are coming in as a 3rd year you are eligible for our University Apartments. We do not have allocated housing for international exchange students but you will not have to enter on to a wait-list. Once you set up your UCSBnetID and U-Mail email account we will send you information regarding housing contract and self-assignment process that takes place in June. For more information please visit: If you have any more specific questions feel free to reach out to the University & Community Housing Services office at or 805-893-4371.

housing for 1 year for my daughter.

a international exchange student will be spent 1 year 2018-2019 in UC santa barbara. need the accommdation for her.

EAP housing

Here are information pages on exchange students housing: and The deadline has passed, but you can contact University & Community Housing Services for more info at or 805-893-4371. Thanks!

Pre-College Summer Program

I enrolled two courses of Pre-College Program this summer in UCSB. I am an international high school student in Capistrano Valley Christian School. I have applied the UCSB housing already. However, I did not receive any information yet. When will I receive the confirmation? Thanks!

pre-college summer program

hi, please contact the housing contracts office at 805.893.4371 or They will be able to help you. Thank you!

Roommate Pull-in

If I'm planning to dorm next year in the school apartments with 5 other people but one of them lives in Isla Vista currently. Is it possible to do roommate pull in with them? Especially since everyone else currently lives in the dorms on campus. If it is possible, what would be the process we would need to do?

Roommate Pull-in Answer

Hi Jennifer, Please call our University & Community Housing Services office at 805-893-4371 for more information on this process. Thanks!

Housing for International visiting scholar

Hi Wen, please contact our University & Community Housing Services office at 805-893-4371 or for more information regarding your situation. They will be able to provide you with more details! Thanks, Mandy


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