New Freshmen

UCSB Residence Halls

The residence halls are a great way to meet people and get involved. We keep it simple. Our nine month contract includes your room, all-you-care-to-eat meals in the UCSB Dining Commons, utilities, wireless internet access, housekeeping, and furnishing. Although there are some double rooms and a limited number of single rooms, most residence hall rooms are shared by three students so we can accommodate all of our incoming students. 

Important Deadlines

  • March 24 | Housing Application Opens

    The 2022-23 Freshmen Student Housing Application will be available on March 24, 2022 at 10:00am. Please check your U-Mail account directly and frequently so that you don’t miss any important messages from UCSB. It is not reliable to forward your U-Mail to an alternate email (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.) If you don’t receive a confirmation email from us within a few minutes of submitting your application, check your spam folder. 

  • May 1 | Submit SIR

    Submit UCSB Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the deadline to be eligible to complete a residence hall application.

  • Register for UCSB NetID

    Students should register for a UCSB NetID. While they are waiting for this to activate they can access the housing process by using the Pre-UCSB NetID link below the UCSB NetID login on the housing login page.

  • May 16 | Housing Application Deadline

    Deadline to complete the residence hall application with priority consideration is May 16 at 4:00pm. There is no application fee. 

  • FSSP Participants

    If you're participating in the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP), please visit the FSSP page for more information regarding housing.

  • Late Admits

    Freshmen who are admitted after the housing deadline are able to qualify for priority housing consideration within five days of their SIR date.

  • July 1 | Roommate Process Deadline

    Students who have a 2022-23 contract can create a roommate group with other contract holders in the Residence Halls by using the optional roommate process. This is optional and those who do not complete it by July 1 at 4:00pm will be matched based upon the answers to their roommate preference questions.

  • July 15 | Cancellation Deadline for $100

    There is a $100 cancellation fee from the time of signing the contract until July 15. After July 15 there is a $350 cancellation fee until September 1.

  • September 1 | Cancellation Deadline for $350

    September 1 is the deadline to cancel for a $350 fee. After September 1 contract holders will be held rent responsible until a replacement is found, or unless otherwise notified.

  • Early September | Room Assignments

    Assignment letters will be sent along with instructions for signing up for a time to arrive on campus.

Personal Property Insurance

The University of California strongly recommends renters insurance for all students. Renters insurance provides valuable protection if your personal belongings are stolen or damaged, including laptop computers, smartphones, bicycles, game consoles, textbooks, clothing, and other personal items. If your laptop or other valuables are stolen or damaged, you are responsible for replacing them - not the school. Renter’s insurance may also protect you financially for unintentional damage to the apartment and/ or bodily injury for which you are liable. The GradGuard insurance policy was designed for University of California students. Alternatively, you can check with your private homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy about coverage. If you don't have your housing assignment when you sign up, please use the following address:

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93107

If you have questions about the online application process, please contact University & Community Housing Services at 805-893-4371 or email your questions to Please visit our Rates page for fee information, and our Billing page for help navigating the payment process.



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