Services & Amenities
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the many amenities available as part of the Student Housing contract. In addition to the conveniences listed below, contract rates also include Internet access, cable TV and all utilities except telephone.
Housing and Residence Life Offices – The Summits and Terrace Center are open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on 1 to 11 p.m. on weekends and most holidays. This is the place to get your questions answered, pick up packages, sign out spare keys, learn how to complete maintenance requests and find the professional staff. Valley Terraces and Sierra Terraces residents can also request refills for toilet paper and cleaning supplies from the office in the Terrace Center.
BBQ Grills – Two charcoal grills are located in the Cat Quad and a gas grill at The Summits Courtyard for residents to use. Make a reservation online by visiting the Housing website under Meeting Space. For a spontaneous reservation stop by the respective office to see if it’s available.
Bike Storage – Bike racks are located outside each residence hall. Lockable bike storage is available at the Bike Barn located on the Ranchers Road side of Half Dome. All residents have access to the Bike Barn by swiping their Cat Card. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis and in all cases residents must provide their own lock.
Bunk or Lofting Beds – There are specific code and safety requirement necessary to bunk or loft beds. The insufficient ceiling height in the Valley Terraces bedrooms makes it impossible to bunk or loft beds. Due to space limitations requiring proper egress, debunking beds in the Sierra Terraces (Mariposa and Tuolumne) is not allowed. The Summits (Cathedral, Half Dome and Tenaya) are the only locations where bunk/lofting configurations may be modified. To request an evaluation, please submit a work order. Please understand that requests of this nature are a low priority and may take several weeks particularly after move in.
Cat Quad – The Cat Quad is the courtyard area located between the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center and Terrace Center. Residents are welcome to enjoy the space however reservations are required for formalized events. Visit the Housing website under Meeting Space to reserve the Cat Quad or use the barbeque grills.
The Claw - Channel 36 has been designated as our movie and Housing and Residence Life information channel. Movies are selected one month in advance by the Residence Hall Association (RHA). Contact RHA to get involved with selecting movies.
The Movie Summits – Residents can check out DVDs from The Summits Housing Office. Contact RHA to get involved with selecting more movie choices.
Computers and Printers – Computer labs are available in each housing community for resident use. Bring a USB drive to save your work. Residents are welcome to utilize the printers located in the Tenaya and Terrace Center computer labs. Like all printers on campus, residents will use their Cat Cards to purchase printing options. Residents assigned to Cathedral, Half Dome and Tenaya have Cat Card access to the first floor of Tenaya Hall to use the computer lab and study rooms. Report a printer problem to the nearest Housing and Residence Life Office. Any problems with a computer should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance Room – For those residents who want to practice their dance moves or exercise, the Dance Room comes furnished with a wooden dance floor, mirrored wall and sound system to plug into. Black soled or hard shoes like taps will ruin the floor and therefore are not allowed. Make a reservation online by visiting the Housing website under Meeting Space.
The Den - The Den is a great place for residents to hang-out and relax. There you will find pool, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey tables, a big screen TV and comfortable seating. Equipment for the games can be checked out from the Terrace Center Office.
Elevators in Sierra Terraces (Mariposa and Tuolumne) - The elevators in the Sierra Terraces are open for public use only at selected times throughout the year. If students need to use the elevators for access, (temporary disability, permanent disability, access for guests with disabilities, etc.) they will need to request an elevator key from the Terrace Center Housing Office.
Game Room (with video gaming set up) - A second game room, located on the first floor of Half Dome is available for all residents to use. This game room features a video game center with four monitors. Residents need to bring their gaming consoles and plug in. Also available are ping-pong, pool, foosball tables and a TV. Equipment can be checked out from The Summits Office.
Housing IT Help Desk – As a pilot program, an IT Help Desk has been located in Half Dome Room 172 for all residents to use. The Hours for the fall semester are 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Depending on how often and when the residents use the space, the hours may change for the spring semester.
Internet Access – There is at minimum one jack for every resident in each bedroom. Additional jacks may be found in the lounges, study rooms and common areas of the residence halls. Wireless access is available within the residential facilities. Many residents use the wireless network out of pure convenience, but the resource has limited bandwidth and speed compared to the wired network. For faster service, residents are encouraged to use the wired network for activities such as media streaming (Hulu, NetFlix), or video calling (Skype, Oovoo, Google Videochat). Please be advised that wireless routers negatively interfere with everyone’s wireless experience, so please deactivate these devices. If you are having trouble with your wired connection, please review the troubleshooting document and contact the IT Help Desk if you continue to have issues.
Kitchens – Kitchens are located throughout the community (California Room, The Summits Meeting Room, Mariposa, Tuolumne and Half Dome) for residents to use. RHA has provided basic kitchen supplies to be shared by all. Anyone using a kitchen is expected to clean up after themselves. Make a reservation online by visiting the Housing website under Meeting Space. Some restrictions apply.
Laundry Room - A laundry facility is located in the Terrace Center for the residents of the Valley Terraces and Sierra Terraces between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily. The Summits residents have 24-hour access to the laundry facilities located within their building. It costs $1.25 to wash ($1.50 for super cycle) and $1 to dry. Residents are encouraged to set up a Housing Resident Laundry Account by adding money on their Cat Card. Residents can check the availability of washers from their rooms via the Internet. The machine to add money to your Cat Card is located in the entryway to the Terrace Center laundry room near the vending machines and at The Summits Office. A limited number of machines will take cash. Please time your loads accordingly to complete a laundry cycle before the facility closes and notify the Housing Office if any of the machines are not working properly.
Mail - One mailbox and combination is assigned to each bedroom (shared by roommates). Student mail is delivered to the mailbox in the Housing and Residence Life Office in the late afternoon each weekday. If an item is too large to fit in your box, a package slip is placed in your mailbox informing you to stop by the office to claim it. Please bring a picture ID to claim your package. The mailroom will occasionally close to facilitate the quick delivery of mail to residents.
Important Notice : Overnight Delivery will only ensure that our campus receiving facility will have a package the next business day. Please anticipate a delay in the personal delivery, as our campus receiving facility services our entire campus including departments located off campus.
Students are responsible for checking their mail regularly. The university often uses this address to correspond with you. The Housing and Residence Life Offices will forward first-class mail for 30 days. After that, mail is returned to the sender.
The proper format for your UC Merced Housing and Residence Life address is:
Mailing Format: Your Name Community name
COMPLETE Hall Name and Room #
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
For Example: John Smith The Summits
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
To operate mailbox combination lock: (for Valley and Sierra Terrace residents only)
a. Rotate to the LEFT three full turns. Continue to the LEFT and stop at the first number.
b. Rotate to the RIGHT. Pass the second number of your combination once, stop on that number the second time.
c. Rotate to the LEFT, stopping on the last number of your combination the first time you hit it. Before moving out of housing, residents must:
a. Change address directly with senders (bank, credit card, etc.) and
b. Provide the housing office with a forwarding address.
Meeting Rooms – The California Room, Tenaya Meeting Room and Half Dome Meeting Rooms are available by reservation. In addition to the Residence Life Team and residents, these meeting rooms are often used by the campus for classes, Board of Trustee meetings, voting polls and workshops and events put on by student clubs and organization, schools and departments, and others. Plan ahead and make a reservation online by visiting the Housing website under Meeting Space.
Music Room – Located in Tenaya Hall near The Summits Marketplace, the music room comes furnished with two pianos. To use the music room, make a reservation online by visiting the Housing website under Meeting Space. You can also stop by the Tenaya Office for on the spot access if the room is available.
Resident Learning Center – The Calvin E. Bright Success Center provides peer tutors for various courses that meet in the Resident Learning Center located on the first floor of Tenaya in The Summits. All residents are welcome to take advantage of this service.
Study Room – There are dedicated study rooms available in the Den, the first floor of Mariposa, Tuolumne and Tenaya Halls, as well as Half Dome. Residents of the Valley Terraces often use their living room for study. These study rooms are available to residents for individual, group study and at times peer tutoring, academic advising and academic programs are held here. Always remember that in a designated study room, the right to quiet supersedes. All residents in The Summits (Cathedral, Half Dome and Tenaya) have Cat Card access to use the Tenaya first floor study room at the same times the offices are open. During finals, the Meeting Rooms in housing are made available for additional quiet study space.
Maintenance Work Requests - If you need a repair done in your room or suite, please submit a work request online. Residents are expected to submit a work request if something is not working properly.
Vending Center – Beginning Fall 2013, all on-campus residents will have 24-hour Cat Card access to the Vending Center located in Half Dome. Residents can purchase items using their dining plan (Cat Card), cash or credit card. Enjoy the selection of food and snack items like ice cream and beverages, or take advantage of the hydration station, microwave oven and OZZI drop station.
- Current Residents
- Submit Work Order
- Important Dates & Deadlines
- Room Change Process
- Contracts & Policies
- Dining Meal Services
- Safety and Emergency Procedures
- Cleaning Tips
- Parking Permits
- Technology Services
- Change your Meal Plan
- Spring 2017 Move-Out Information
- Meeting Space