Join our team and make a difference in your community!

UCSB Residential & Community Living is looking for energetic and enthusiastic Resident Assistants (RAs) for our undergraduate apartment and residence hall communities. Below you can find details about the application process, as well as our timeline.The 2023-2024 RA application will be open January 17, 2023 through February 2, 2023 at 12 noon. Please feel free to email us with any questions. Best of luck!

Candidates will submit a video application answering two questions. Please include a link to your video in your application. Below are the video guidelines and the questions. Before creating your video application, view this tutorial on how the video should be created and uploaded. All videos must be recorded on your UCSB Zoom account and uploaded on YouTube. Recording on Zoom is the preferred method for this process. In the event that you do not have access to a laptop, you may use your phone to record as long as the guidelines below are met.

Residential & Community Living Vision Statements

Human connection is the heart of our work.

We exemplify diversity and inclusivity.

We are a catalyst for collaboration and co-creation.

We recognize opportunities for growth when mistakes occur.

We keep it fresh, vibrant and innovative.

Video Application Guidelines

  • No more than three (3) minutes in length. Please do not go over the 3-minute time limit.
  • All candidates must record their videos on Zoom and upload them to YouTube. You are free to delete them/make them private at the end of the RA Selection process (beginning of April).
  • Your application should have no visual component (audio only). This means your camera should be turned off/covered before you begin recording. If you choose to record on your phone, please be sure your camera lens is covered.
  • Include your name, both verbally and within the file submission (i.e. RA_ApplicantName).
  • Answer both application questions clearly and concisely.
  • Please be sure that we can hear you loud and clear! 
  • You can record as many times as you wish but you can only submit one final video.
  • Be sure to include a link to the video in your application.
  • Be yourself! We want to get a sense of who you are as a person.

Again, please be sure to view the tutorial on how to record, upload, and submit your video application. Directions will also be listed on the application portal.

Best of luck!

Video Application Questions

Please follow the directives as stated below.

  1. Share with us why you would like to become an RA.
    • In your video say “Question 1” before you begin to respond to Question 1.
    • Example: “Question One. I am applying to be an RA because….”
  2. In Residential & Community Living, we embrace the following values each day in our work with students: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and Belonging. Select one of these values and share with us what this value personally means to you.
    • In your video say “Question 2” before you begin to respond to Question 2.
    • Example: “Question Two. “When I hear the word diversity, to me it means…”


Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us directly. The RA Application opens January 17, 2023 at 9am until February 2, 2023 at noon.
Late applications will not be accepted.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility questions throughout the process, please send us an email at


We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in early Winter 2024. (Updated March 7, 2023)