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Transfer Students

Please visit our COVID-19 information page for periodic housing updates.

UC Santa Barbara takes great pride in providing an enriching student housing experience for our students. Under normal circumstances, we offer housing guarantees to a large percentage of our student population. However, it is not possible for us to know whether the current public health crisis will allow us to maintain normal operations in undergraduate student housing when the fall quarter begins. Consequently, like many universities across the country, we cannot offer a housing guarantee at this time.

Planning efforts are underway to bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall, but those decisions will be guided by public health guidelines as well as considerations for the health and well-being of our community. We are still awaiting guidance from campus and health authorities to determine how many spaces we can offer to student residents. We are committed to housing students on campus to the maximum extent possible, but it will be some time before we know more precisely how many students we can accommodate in our housing units.

Housing Application for New Transfer Students (Fall 2021)

  • Return your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by June 1, 2021. 
  • Establish your UCSB Net ID, and be sure that your U-Mail address is activated. It sometimes takes up to 10 days to activate your U-Mail address once you establish your UCSBnetID. You will not have access to the Undergraduate Apartment application process until we have your U-Mail address. 
  • Complete the housing application between April 21 - June 15, 2021 for priority consideraton. (Please note: You must return your SIR, establish your UCSBnetID, and activate your U-Mail before you can complete a Undergraduate Apartment application so be sure to allow time for processing.)
  • In late June or early July we expect more complete guidance from the campus and local health authorities concerning our housing capacity. Around that time we expect to start offering housing contracts to applicants.
  • Please check your U-Mail account directly and frequently so that you don’t miss any important messages from UCSB. It may not be reliable to forward your U-Mail to an alternate email (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.). If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail from us within a few minutes of submitting your application, check your spam and junk folders. 
  • If you have any questions about the housing application process, please contact University & Community Housing Services at 805-893-4371 during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm or e-mail your questions to You may also visit our Billing & Contracts page to help you navigate through the payment process.

UCSB transfer students who have completed their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) for the 2021-22 academic year and set up their UCSB Net ID and umail are welcome to use the button below to apply for housing. This process opens on April 21, 2021 at 10:00am.

 2021-22 Housing Application


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