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Transfer Students

If you have questions about UCSB's response to the pandemic and how it might affect your housing, please visit our COVID-19 information page for more information.

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 and as well as considerations for the health and well-being of our community. We are planning a high-quality curriculum that will meet the needs of our students and fulfill our academic mission. Although we do not yet know the exact mix of in-person and remote classes that we will deliver in the fall as we begin instruction for the 2020-21 academic year, we are committed to housing students on campus to the maximum extent possible. It will be some time before we know more precisely how many students we can safely accommodate in our housing units.  We will send out an undergraduate student notification as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Housing Application for New Transfer Students (Fall 2020): 

Students who are New Transfers for the Winter or Spring Quarter, and seek housing for the remainder of the academic year should apply for housing through the Winter/Spring Housing Application
  • Return your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by June 1, 2020. 
  • 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 June 3-15, 2020. (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.) 

More instructions will be sent via U-Mail in early June to new transfer students who SIR by June 1, 2020 and establish their UCSB Net ID and U-Mail account.

As a current resident, you’ll have the unique privilege to pick and secure exactly where you’ll be living in 2016-17. You will not sign a contract until you book a space, so you'll know exactly where you'll be living for 2016-17 by this winter! - See more at:
  • Complete the application by the due date.  
  • We anticipate that we will have an update about the application process by June 19, 2020.
  • 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 2020-21 academic year and set up their UCSB Net ID and umail are welcome to use this site below to apply for housing. This process opens on June 3, 2020 at 10:00am.

The 2021 Winter-Spring Contract Process Application date has been delayed from October 7th to November 16th as we assess our ability to open and at what capacity. You may apply for housing on that date.  

Winter-Spring Process Opens November 16, 2020


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