covid-19 information

COVID-19 Information

For important updates on UC Santa Barbara campus safety precautions and associated information from county, state, and federal public health officials, please visit UCSB's COVID-19 information page and the CDC's COVID-19 website
The information below represents our current Fall 2020 plans and is subject to change. (Updated October 6, 2020)
We understand how difficult this uncertainty has been for you and your family, and we are grateful for your patience as the campus works to find solutions. The pandemic situation remains very fluid and accordingly, our current plans continue to evolve and are subject to change.
Please review our COVID community guidelines handbook for more information regarding our residential communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Campus leadership has decided that all undergraduate residence halls and apartments will be closed for the Fall Quarter. Students with current valid housing contracts will have their start date amended to begin on January 3, 2021 (subject to change), contingent upon us receiving approval to reopen our facilities in Winter Quarter. Additional spaces in Winter and Spring will be based on availability. Students can apply for Winter and Spring housing beginning November 16. 
Special Circumstances
Students that believe they have special circumstances that require them to live close to campus for the Fall Quarter were able to submit a request to be considered for an exception. Some examples of cases approved are Guardian Scholars, Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, Promise Scholars, Dance or Music majors with in person performance classes, athletes required to be on campus, international students unable to return to their home country, and students with truly extenuating circumstances that prevent them from attending school remotely from home. Those approved for an exception will be notified of their placement within a limited number of our available apartment spaces, or within the Tropicana Student Living properties. 
Cancelling Contracts
If a student that has a valid contract amended to begin Winter Quarter needs to cancel, they may do so without penalty until December 1, 2020. 
Future Considerations
If, during the academic year, there are significant changes related to COVID-19 and the public health concerns subside and/or a vaccine is available, we reserve the right to re-evaluate density levels. Students who are living in campus residences may be assigned a roommate. Please know that this would only be done with extensive consultation of health officials, and plenty of notice. Additionally, if there is another COVID-19 spike and the university must restrict on-campus operations, then, we may cancel your contract and you may be required to leave.
Community Rentals
University & Community Housing Services can also assist students in securing privately-owned accommodations in the community. For more information, visit our Rental Listings page and click on "Community Housing Guide." If you are contemplating living in Isla Vista, please do so with extreme caution and be aware that signing a lease for privately-owned accommodations is legally binding, and private landlords are not likely to cancel contracts if your plans change or you need to leave. Additionally, make sure you are comfortable with the density level of the rental units you are exploring and that the people you live with will strictly adhere to social distancing and face covering requirements. There has been a rising number of COVID cases in Isla Vista this summer and density has played a role in that increase.