Residence Halls

Welcome to UC Santa Barbara!

One of the most memorable days of your college career is the first time you move into the residence halls. We are looking forward to you joining us! Please visit this page often, as the information below is subject to change. Move-In information will be posted and updated here throughout the summer. Don’t forget to also check your u-mail frequently so you don’t miss important details or updates.

Last Updated: September 10, 2021

Before You Move In

Health Clearance & COVID-19 Testing Requirement

In order to check in and receive their keys, all students moving into Campus Housing will need to (1) upload their vaccination records or request an exemption or temporary deferral through their Student Health patient portal; and (2) take a COVID test on campus prior to moving in. Only students who have been cleared by Student Health by taking a COVID test on campus AND providing proof of vaccination OR have received an approved exemption OR have received a temporary deferral will be able to move in. 

  • For those who have uploaded your COVID 19 vaccination records or been granted an exception by the COVID response team: As long as you continue to fulfill your expectations before move-in, including the daily symptom monitoring and taking a COVID-test at UCSB prior to receiving your keys, you should be cleared to move in.
    • Those granted a religious or medical exemption or deferral must sequester for seven days or until they receive their second negative test. Second tests should be scheduled for five to six days after the arrival test.
    • Sequestration is defined as minimizing in-person interactions among students, faculty and staff, whether in the residence halls, dining facilities, or other campus locations where students congregate, or off-campus for those students who live at home or in off-campus housing. Students who are sequestering should leave their on- or off-campus residences only to participate in essential activities (e.g., attend class or work, purchase food, participate in low-risk outdoor recreational activities, or obtain health care services).
    • Students who are on a temporary deferral should continue to follow testing protocol until two weeks after your final vaccine.
    • Students who are on an exemption will need to schedule regular weekly testing.
    • If you have any questions please contact ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.
  • For those who have NOT uploaded your COVID 19 vaccination records or been granted an exemption or deferral by the COVID response team: At this time you are NOT CLEARED TO MOVE IN. If you have not done so, please visit the Student Health patient portal as soon as possible to explore options about how to clear yourself for move in.
  • As mentioned in the communication on September 10, 2021, the UC Office of the President recently decided that ALL UC students moving into University housing will need to be tested on-campus for COVID-19 when they arrive regardless of one’s vaccination status. With an abundance of caution, this was decided due to the increased infectivity of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
  • You will not be permitted to pick up the keys to your room/apartment until you have completed an on-campus COVID test. No exceptions. No after-hours arrivals will be permitted, as the COVID testing center closes at 4:45pm each day.
  • A COVID test appointment will automatically be scheduled for you and you will be notified of the day and time by Sunday, September 12. This appointment will be within one hour of the move-in time you selected.
  • A second COVID test is recommended five to seven days after your initial test for vaccinated students.
  • A second test is required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students to ensure detection of any developing COVID-19 cases. This follow-up COVID test will automatically be scheduled for you if you have received an exemption/deferral. If the date and time of this second appointment is not convenient for you, you will need to cancel and reschedule the appointment within five to seven days of your initial appointment at your student health patient portal
  • Completing the UCSB Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey is required for all students living in campus housing and/or accessing campus buildings. This daily screening asks questions about any COVID symptoms, contacts and test results you’ve had. Depending upon your answers, you will either receive an online badge to be cleared for entry into campus facilities or not. You should already be receiving a daily email with a link to the daily screening survey. You must start taking the daily screening the day you arrive.
  • For more information about UC Santa Barbara's response to the pandemic and further resources, please see below:

Your compliance is so appreciated and plays a significant role in mitigating risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our campus community. 

Move-In Information

During move-in, nearly all students will be moving into their new home along with you. To have a smooth, safe, and orderly move-in experience, please be sure to arrive during your selected move-in day and time, and not before. No after-hours arrivals will be permitted, as the COVID testing center closes at 4:45pm each day. Instructions for move-in time signups were included in the room assignment email sent to your u-mail. If you need to change your time, or have not selected a time, please visit the link in your assignment email to view available slots. If you arrive early, consider shopping at nearby stores or stopping at a restaurant. As of September 10, only Wednesday and Thursday (September 15 and 16) have available move-in time slots, as well as the following Monday and Tuesday (September 20 and 21). To protect the health and safety of staff, students and their families, all students and those accompanying them during move-in, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks indoors and outdoors at all times.

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Check-In Locations

Please print and bring with you the move-in permit that was in the confirmation email you received after selecting a move-in time. 

  • Vehicles must go directly to Parking Structure 22. Campus map: UC Santa Barbara
  • After parking in Structure 22, you will walk to the testing site which is located at the Loma Pelona Center.
  • For everyone’s safety, we ask that family members wait in or near the vehicle while the student goes to the testing center.
  • Note: There will be anywhere from 100-300 vehicles accessing Structure 22 at any given time. UCSB Traffic Personnel will be directing traffic. Please exercise caution while in the Structure.
  • After you have been tested for COVID-19 at the Loma Pelona Center, you will leave Structure 22 and drive to your check-in location.
  • Turn right onto Ocean Road as you exit Structure 22.
  • Turn right on Mesa Road.
  • Follow Mesa Road until you come to the roundabout.
  • Take the roundabout exit for Lagoon Road (staying on the east edge of Campus with the ocean on your left).
  • From that point forward there will be traffic personnel directing vehicles to their specific unloading areas.
  • Go to your designated check-in location:
    • Anacapa, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz: Basketball Court located in the middle of the three buildings.
    • San Nicolas and San Miguel: On the lawn between the two buildings.
  • Check-in for Manzanita Village and San Rafael Residence Hall takes place at Parking Lot 23. Campus map: UC Santa Barbara
  • After parking in Lot 23, the resident will walk to the testing site which will be located at the Loma Pelona Center.
  • For everyone’s safety, we ask that family members wait near the vehicle while the student goes to the testing center.
  • Family members may check to see if any move-in carts are available and begin unloading belongings into the carts while they wait for their student to return from testing.
  • Note: There will be anywhere from 100-300 vehicles accessing the nearby Parking Structure 22. UCSB Traffic Personnel will be directing traffic. Make sure you tell the Traffic Personnel that you live in Manzanita or San Rafael. They will let you pass through to Lot 23.
  • After you have been tested for COVID-19 at the Loma Pelona Center, you will walk back to Lot 23 and check-in. 
  • Vehicles must go directly to Parking Structure 22. Campus map: UC Santa Barbara
  • After parking in Structure 22, you will walk to the testing site which is located at the Loma Pelona Center.
  • For everyone’s safety, we ask that family members wait in or near the vehicle while the student goes to the testing center.
  • Note: There will be anywhere from 100-300 vehicles accessing Structure 22 at any given time. UCSB Traffic Personnel will be directing traffic. Please exercise caution while in the Structure.
  • After you have been tested for COVID-19 at the Loma Pelona Center, you will leave Structure 22 and drive to the Stage 1 check-in location.
  • PLEASE DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO SANTA CATALINA.
  • As you exit Structure 22, turn right onto Ocean Road.
  • Turn left on El Colegio Road.
  • Turn right onto Los Carneros Road.
  • Turn left on Discovery Road.
  • After checking-in and picking up your keys at Stage 1, you will drive to Santa Catalina Residence Hall to park and unload your belongings. 
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Check-in Necessities

  • Please have the following ready...
    • A valid form of photo identification (Driver’s License, Passport, Access Card, etc.) to check-in. 
    • Mobile phone: all students will be required to scan two QR codes in order to successfully complete their check-in
      1.  The first QR code will take students to their patient portal. You must enter your UCSB NetID and Password in order to show your badge at check-in. Only students whose badge indicates clearance to be on site will be able to receive keys to their unit. For more information about badge clearances, please refer to the Student Health Services website.
      2. The second QR code will allow you to check-in via our online booking system.
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Unloading

Please be mindful of your fellow students moving in and adhere to unloading times to ease congestion.

  • Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, your move-in permit is valid on your move-in day for a 45-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas, Parking Lots 2 or 9.
  • After 5:00pm, and on your move-in day only, vehicles may return to the above lots for additional unloading. For your reference, here is a UCSB Map with parking lot numbers.
  • A small, limited number of move-in carts will be available to residents on a first come, first serve basis. We highly encourage you to bring your own equipment (hand trucks, dollys, etc.) to assist with moving if you feel it is necessary.
    • When using moving carts:
      • Please be mindful of others. Take only one cart, and transfer your belongings as quickly as possible. 
      • Please do not keep empty carts in your room while you are setting up and do not leave empty carts in the hallways. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  • Anacapa, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa are two-story buildings connected by stairs (there is no elevator access to the second floor.)
  • Please check the maps below to see where your room is located within the building:
  • After the 45-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Structure 18. If Structure 18 is full, you are permitted to park in the Parking Lot 16 in the visitor parking area. 
  • Information about where to park and unload can also be found on your move-in permit (which you must print and bring with you on your move-in day).
  • Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, your move-in permit is valid on your move-in day for a 45-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas in Parking Lots 4 or 5.
  • After 5:00pm, and on your move-in day only, vehicles may return to the above lots for additional unloading. For your reference, here is a UCSB Map with parking lot numbers.
  • A small, limited number of move-in carts will be available to residents on a first come, first serve basis. We highly encourage you to bring your own equipment (hand trucks, dollys, etc.) to assist with moving if you feel it is necessary.
    • When using moving carts:
      • Please be mindful of others. Take only one cart, and transfer your belongings as quickly as possible. 
      • Please do not keep empty carts in your room while you are setting up and do not leave empty carts in the hallways. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  • Please check the maps below to see where your room is located within the building, as well as elevator locations. 
  • After the 45-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Structure 18. If Structure 18 is full, you are permitted to park in the Parking Lot 16 in the visitor parking area. 
  • Information about where to park and unload can also be found on your move-in permit (which you must print and bring with you on your move-in day).
  • Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, your move-in permit is valid on your move-in day permit for a 45-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas in Parking Lot 23.
  • After 5:00pm, and on your move-in day only, vehicles may return to the above lots for additional unloading. For your reference, here is a UCSB Map with parking lot numbers.
  • A small, limited number of move-in carts will be available to residents on a first come, first serve basis. We highly encourage you to bring your own equipment (hand trucks, dollys, etc.) to assist with moving if you feel it is necessary.
    • When using moving carts:
      • Please be mindful of others. Take only one cart, and transfer your belongings as quickly as possible. 
      • Please do not keep empty carts in your room while you are setting up and do not leave empty carts in the hallways. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  • All floors in Manzanita have elevator access via bridge walks between the buildings. You can see room and elevator locations (indicated by an X in a box) via the Manzanita map.
  • The San Rafael tower has two elevators serving all seven floors. You can see room and elevator locations (indicated by an X in a box) via the San Rafael map. The 3-story San Rafael Ocean and Mountain Clusters are connected by stairs. There is no elevator access to the second or third floors in the San Rafael Clusters.
  • After the 45-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Structure 22. 
  • Information about where to park and unload can also be found on your move-in permit (which you must print and bring with you on your move-in day).
  • Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, your move-in permit is valid on your move-in day for a 15-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas listed below:
    • Santa Catalina South - curbside on El Colegio Road 
    • Santa Catalina North - on the promenade located near the North Tower
  • After 5:00pm, and on your move-in day only, vehicles may return to the above unloading areas for additional unloading.
  • A small, limited number of move-in carts will be available to residents on a first come, first serve basis. We highly encourage you to bring your own equipment (hand trucks, dollys, etc.) to assist with moving if you feel it is necessary.
    • When using moving carts:
      • Please be mindful of others. Take only one cart, and transfer your belongings as quickly as possible. 
      • Please do not keep empty carts in your room while you are setting up and do not leave empty carts in the hallways. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  • All floors in Santa Catalina have elevator access. You can see the location of rooms and elevators (indicated by an X in a box) via the Santa Catalina map.
  • After the 15-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Lot 38. A shuttle service between Lot 38 and Santa Catalina Residence Hall will be provided. For your reference, here is a UCSB Map with parking lot numbers.
  • Information about where to park and unload can also be found on your move-in permit (which you must print and bring with you on your move-in day).

Important Information

  • Establish ownership in case your bike is stolen! Bike theft is the number one crime at UCSB. Register your bike on the Community Service Officer's Online Bicycle Registration page and the $10 registration fee will be charged to your BARC account.
  • For more information about UCSB's Bicycle Program including campus rules and regulations, please visit the UCSB Police Department's website.
  • Connecting to eduroam:
    • When prompted for a username, type YourNetID@ ucsb.edu. The @ucsb.edu is required, or the login will not work.
    • For the password, use your UCSB NetID password.
    • If prompted about a security certificate, choose ignore/accept/continue/trust etc.
    • If you have any problems, please contact ResNet help at 805-893-5555.
  • For students, a valid parking ePermit is mandatory for all vehicles parked in Campus Housing areas. Students bringing a car with them to campus must purchase a parking ePermit through Transportation & Parking Services. Please visit our Parking page for helpful information relevant to each of our communities.
  • Please note: All UCSB parking permits have transitioned to a virtual ePermit parking system. The UCSB ePermit system works by associating your vehicle’s license plate with your individual parking account. The UCSB ePermit allows one vehicle to be associated with your parking ePermit. Upon application please be prepared to provide a copy of your vehicle's DMV registration.
  • You can change your meal plan now, or at any time during the year, by completing the meal plan change process.
  • Please note that meal plan changes go into effect the Monday of the following week.
  • To have your meal plan change go into effect for the first week, please complete your request for a change by September 12, 2021.
  • For more information on changing meal plans, please visit the dining website and its section on changing meal plans.

We recommend that residents reach out to their roommates to coordinate what they are going to bring to the room to allow residents to maximize the space in their rooms. All residence hall rooms are fully furnished and the following is already included: bed, desk, chair, dresser, mirror, towel bar, wastebasket, and drapes.

At a minimum, each resident should bring:

  • pillow and pillowcase
  • sheets and mattress cover (beds are extra large twin size)
  • blankets
  • towels
  • bathrobe and shower shoes
  • toiletries and carrying caddy
  • multiple face coverings / masks
  • a thermometer
  • headphones
  • a set of personal reusable cutlery and reusable cloth napkins

Many residents may also want to bring:

  • a laundry basket and detergent
  • decorations – push pins for posters, etc.
  • filtered water pitcher (e.g. Brita or Pur)
  • refrigerator (4.5 cu. ft. or smaller). The UCSB Campus Store has an agreement with Collegiate Concepts for refrigerator rentals that will be delivered directly to student rooms.
  • hot beverage mug, reusable water bottle, other dishes and utensils for snacks
  • items to keep your space clean and tidy
  • bicycle, helmet, U-Lock and bike light (put lock and light on bike before leaving home)
  • computer and printer
  • high quality surge protector(s)
  • small fan
  • rain gear
  • small desk lamp
  • lawn chair for outdoor social distancing meetings
  • if you're planning to work on-campus, or anywhere in the local area, you will need to have original documentation to verify your eligibility to work; see these links for more information US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) acceptable documents and Employment Eligibility Verification form (see page 3).

The following items are NOT allowed:

  • explosives, firearms, or other weapons
  • illegal drugs or alcohol
  • empty alcohol containers as decorations
  • torchiere-style (floor lamps), halogen, or incandescent lamps
  • waterbeds
  • pets (no unapproved pets allowed in buildings at any time, especially during Move-In);
  • cooking in rooms is not allowed and thus equipment, including (but not limited to): microwave, hot plate, coffee pot, hot water kettle, toaster, rice cooker, grill, hot coils, and popcorn poppers are prohibited
  • For information on receiving mail and how to address your packages, please visit our Receiving Mail in UCSB Housing web page. Of particular importance is the What’s My Address page which will help you to properly address your mail and packages depending on the carrier.
  • Please do not address mail or packages to your University housing that are slated to arrive before move-in day, as buildings are locked and these packages are returned as undeliverable.
  • PO Box Key Distribution: Wednesday 9/15 thru Saturday 9/18, 9:00am – 3:00pm in front of Jamba Juice on the north side of the main University Center entrance (next to the Campus Store).
  • PO Box keys can be picked up at the University Center Post Office beginning Monday 9/20/21.
  • We understand that some available move-in times may not work for students observing Yom Kippur. If this applies to you, please note that you may sign up for any available move-in day and time.
  • We will not be having any move-in or week of welcome activities prior to September 18.
  • To learn more, please review the Religious Holiday Conflicts policy.
  • Upon moving in, please inspect your new space (including all common areas and bathrooms) for any damages.
  • Please submit a move-in condition form via our online work order system Get it Fixed.
  • Each resident must submit their own move-in condition form.
  • If you do not submit a move-in condition form within 72 hours of checking in, you accept the space as is and assume liability for the condition of your unit.
  • Any damages that are not reported and need to be repaired after move-out will be charged to your BARC account.

We support waste reduction, reuse and recycling! To avoid unnecessary waste and save money, please follow these “Zero Waste Move-In Tips.”

  • Space is tight ─ so less is more (less stuff = more space to relax).
  • Only pack what you need. Buy supplies that you know you will use. It is exciting to buy all new materials, but it is very easy to create a lot of waste. Start with what you already have and buy the essentials, you can always get more later.
  • Discuss what appliances you plan to bring with your roommates. Be mindful of your shared space and try to make arrangements to share items such as an iron or television to ensure everyone is comfortable.
  • Don’t buy “just in case” items. You will usually be able to borrow items from your neighbors and friends, or find free resources around campus. Learn about programs on campus that help students get important items.
  • Donate, donate, donate. Luckily, the laundry room is never too far. Take this opportunity to purge your closet (or just leave it behind for now) and just bring what you will absolutely use. Donate clothes and other items that you don’t need or want!
  • Pack with what you have. Laundry baskets, storage bins, drawers, baskets, pillow cases, towels, and other reusable materials can be utilized as packing materials. Avoid using plastic trash bags. Use recycled boxes if needed ─ check a local grocery store, liquor store, or your workplace for secondhand boxes.
  • Re-use those boxes. Fold the flaps of your cardboard boxes so they will not require tape. Instead of bubble wrap, try household towels or newspaper for fragile items. Make sure to reuse or recycle all of your packaging later. Avoid using tape if possible, as it make recycling cardboard harder.
  • Used items are even better than new! You can buy used textbooks, iClickers, furniture, decorations, clothing, and more. There are textbook and item exchange pages through Facebook specific for UCSB students and the Santa Barbara community. You can also rent textbooks through the UCSB Library, and iClickers through Associated Students. ​

Follow the above tips and together we can make a difference in supporting UCSB on its way to becoming a sustainable community!