How do I do laundry in a UCSB Residence Hall or Apartment Complex?


Each of our Residence Halls and Apartment complexes* are equipped with a laundry facility for residents to use. Residents can use a credit/debit card directly at each machine (Visa and Mastercard) to do their laundry. Students can sign up for WaveVision, a laundry alert system that will let residents know the status of machines (available, running, done), minutes remaining, and an option for notifications. They can sign up for a free account by going to and setting their location to 93106.

The laundry system is set up so that when a payment is made with a credit card, it will be pre-authorized for $8, which is just a hold on the card. After 3 hours, the card will be charged for what was actually spent on laundry. The bank will release the $8 hold when the transaction is finalized. These transactions usually take 24-72 hours to completely settle. If that $8 transaction hasn’t settled after 72 hours, please contact WASH, the laundry vendor, at (800) 342-5932.

*Except for Westwinds Apartments, which offers CoinMach, a value card system.