New Freshmen Housing Contract

Through the 2&2 program, students who live in the residence halls for two years are guaranteed housing in the UCSB apartments for their third and fourth years provided that all deadlines are met. Here are the deadlines for incoming freshman in 2018-19: 

important info
 May 1, 2018
  • Submit UCSB Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to be eligible to reserve your guarntee to complete a residence hall contract (below).
    • You must establish your UCSBnetID before you can complete the residence hall reservation process. 
    • After you submit your SIR and establish your UCSBnetID, it may take up to five business days before you will be able to log in to access the housing reservation process. 
May 8, 2018
  • Deadline to complete the Residence Hall Reservation to guarantee access to sign a housing contract. The process closes at 4:00pm.
  • University housing is guaranteed as long as we receive your reservation by May 8, 2018 and you sign a residence hall contract by the deadline in the subsequent process. This first step is not a first come, first served process. 
  • UCSB does not require a housing deposit when you make your reservation or sign the contract. Fees for freshmen will be due in September. However, there is a cancellation fee. If you cancel your contract prior to September 1, 2018, the cancellation fee is $350. For cancellations after September 1, 2018, the contract holder is held rent responsible until a replacement is found.
  • To confirm that University & Community Housing Services has received your completed Residence Hall Reservation and Contract, please refer to the Steps to Enrollment checklist on the Admissions website. 
  • Once your reservation has been received and processed or if you decline the option for university housing, it will be indicated as “Complete” (green check mark) on the Steps to Enrollment page. 
  • Please check your U-Mail account directly and frequently so that you don’t miss any important messages from UCSB. It may not be reliable to forward your U-Mail to an alternate e-mail (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.). If you don’t receive a confirmation email from us within a few minutes of submitting your reservation, check your spam and trash folders. 
  • If you're participating in the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP), please visit our FSSP page for more information. 
  • You must SIR and establish your UCSBnetID and password before completing your housing reservation. 
  • You must also activate your U-Mail account before you will be able to enter the housing process.
    • Allow 1-3 business days from the time of activation before the link for the process will work.
  • We will send an e-mail to your U-Mail address once you having completed necessary steps and are able to access the housing reservation process.
  • On the first page of the reservation process please indicate whether or not you plan to live in UCSB housing before moving on. 

If you have any questions about the housing contract process, please contact our office:

(805) 893-4371 or

2018-19 New Freshmen Housing Brochure

The 2018-19 Freshmen Housing Waitlist is for new freshmen who are still in need of housing for Fall 2018. New freshmen in need of housing for Winter or Spring 2019 should apply using the Winter/Spring Application.

2018-19 Freshmen Housing Waitlist

Winter/Spring Application

Residence Hall students can increase or decrease their meal plan for 2018-19 at any time:

2018-19 Meal Plan Change

You can use the link below to cancel your 2018-19 Housing Contract. There is a $350 cancellation fee for any contracts cancelled by September 1, 2018. After September 1st contract holders will be held rent responsible until a replacement is found.

2018-19 Contract Cancellation


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