Undergraduate Apartments

Welcome to UC Santa Barbara!

It's time to start planning and getting ready to move in to your new home! As one of the many students who will be living with us this year, we hope that you are excited to join our community of scholars. 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 lab 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.
  • As you exit Structure 22, turn right onto Ocean Road.
  • Turn left on El Colegio Road.
  • Follow El Colegio Road until you come to the Santa Ynez Apartment complex (on your right).
  • Turn right into the complex and follow directional signage.
  • Go to the Santa Ynez Office for check-in.
  • After checking in, Santa Ynez residents may move their vehicle to a parking space located closer to their apartment to unload.
  • El Dorado and Westgate residents will drive to their respective apartment building and use designated unloading areas to unload. 
  • 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.
  • Check-in for your building is at the Sierra Madre Villages Office located at the center of the Sierra Madre Villages apartment complex.
  • As you exit Structure 22, turn right onto Ocean Road.
  • Turn left on El Colegio Road.
  • Turn right on Storke Road.
  • Turn left on Sierra Madre Court.
  • Turn right into Lot 65 for check-in.
  • After checking in, Sierra Madre residents may move their vehicle to a parking space located closer to their apartment to unload.
  • San Joaquin residents will drive to San Joaquin to unload. The best way to get to San Joaquin is to make a right onto Storke Road when leaving the Sierra Madre Villages complex. Then make a left onto El Colegio Road, and another left at the first stoplight you come to (Camino Corto stoplight). There will be traffic signage and personnel directing you to your unloading area.
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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.

Please print and bring with you on your move-in day the move-in permit that was in the confirmation email you received after selecting a move-in time. The permit contains information about where to park and unload. Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, the permit is valid on your move-in day for a 45-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas listed below: (click on the link to find your apartment's location within the complex.)

  • Santa Ynez Apartments - Parking Lot 57
  • El Dorado Apartments - Parking Lot 44
  • Westgate Apartments - Parking Lot 43
  • Santa Ynez, El Dorado, and Westgate Apartments are all two-story buildings connected by stairs. There is no elevator access to second floor apartments.
  • After the 45-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in
    • El Dorado residents - Parking Lot 57
    • Santa Ynez residents can remain in Parking Lot 57
    • Westgate residents can remain in Parking Lot 43
  • After 5:00pm, and on your move-in day only, vehicles may return to the above unloading areas for additional unloading.

Please print and bring with you on your move-in day the move-in permit that was in the confirmation email you received after selecting a move-in time. The permit contains information about where to park and unload. Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, the permit is valid on your move-in day for a 15-MINUTE time limit in the designated unloading areas listed below:

  • San Joaquin Villages residents will unload along the promenades located within the San Joaquin Villages apartment complex. 
  • There is one elevator per each of the two towers, and one in each of the clusters in North Village which will be accessible via bridge walks between the buildings. You can see the locations of elevators as well as apartments via the San Joaquin building layout map.
  • After the 15-MINUTE unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Lot 38.
  • A shuttle service between Parking Lot 38 and San Joaquin Villages will be provided.
  • 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.

Please print and bring with you on your move-in day the move-in permit that was in the confirmation email you received after selecting a move-in time. The permit contains information about where to park and unload. Between 9:00am and 5:00pm, the permit is valid on your move-in day for a 2-HOUR time limit in the designated unloading areas listed below:

  • Sierra Madre Villages residents will unload in Parking Lot 65
  • Sierra Madre Villages is comprised of three story buildings with elevator access. Please check the Sierra Madre map to find elevator and apartment locations. Please note: Naciamento and Toluca share an elevator and are connected via landings on each floor.
  • After the 2-HOUR unloading period, vehicles are required to move to long-term parking in Parking Lot 38.
  • A shuttle service between Parking Lot 38 and Sierra Madre Villages will be provided.
  • 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.

Important Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

Apartment offices can issue you a temporary key if you get locked out of your bedroom/apartment. Offices are open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm). If you need assistance after 5:00pm or on weekends, please call the RA On-Call.

  • 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.

UCSB Residential Dining offers students not living in the residence halls the option to eat in the University-owned dining commons during the academic year and during the summer. For more information, please visit Campus Dining's Off Campus Meal Plan page.

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 apartments are fully furnished and the following is already included:

  • Bedrooms are carpeted and contain an extra long twin size bed, a closet, a drawer, a desk and chair for each student.
  • Kitchens have vinyl flooring and are equipped with cabinets, a sink with garbage disposal, a stove, an oven and a refrigerator.
  • Living/Dining Rooms are carpeted and furnished with a couch, chair, end tables, coffee table, lamps, dining table and dining chairs.
  • Santa Ynez apartments also contain an entertainment center cabinet.
  • Bathrooms have a tub-shower unit, wash basin, toilet and medicine cabinets.

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)
  • hot beverage mug, reusable water bottle, plates, bowls, utensils and cooking equipment
  • 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);
  • 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 for residents of San Joaquin and Sierra Madre Villages: 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.

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!