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2020-2021 Housing Application - Continuing Students

In preparation for the housing application renewal period, explore your housing options and get familiar with the process.  Decide where you want to live next year, and with whom do you want to live with?  Do you favor a living learning community, or room type. Take some time to map out a plan, and involve a parent or family member in your decision making.  If you have questions about living on campus please reach out to housing and residence education staff

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Important Dates
 
Date Description
12 p.m. March 2

Housing application opens

11:59 p.m. March 20
  • Priority deadline for current first-year students
  • After March 11 we will notify students of their application status within three business days of applying.
  • Deadline to select a Living Learning Community
April 22 Roommate group formation begins
April 27 - May 1

Room selection period. Residents will be assigned a timeslot to select a room. 

*Residents must have a signed housing contract to participate in room selection. If a resident is not able to select a room or chooses not to, they will be placed via automatic assignment in June.

May 1 Deadline to sign a housing contract for third-year or higher students. An application may be canceled if not signed by this date.
11:59 p.m. June 1
  • Deadline to cancel a housing contract without penalty. After this date, a $200 cancellation fee will be charged. The cancellation fee is $300 after Aug. 1.
  • Deadline to change your housing preferences for automatic assignment
  • Priority date for fall 2020 housing accommodation requests

June 26

Housing assignments are available for verified accommodations submitted by the priority date. Continuing students will keep the same room unless the room is unavailable or the student requests a new room assignment. Contact sleppla@ucmerced.edu to discuss room assignments.

June 29 Assignment details for those who did not select a room begin being released. Based on availability, some assignments may be released later in the summer.
Aug. 7 Final assignment details and move-in instructions begin being released

 

Housing Options

Residence Hall Options

Residence Hall Available Room Types
Half Dome Quad
Cathedral & Tenaya Double, Triple, Quad
Sierra Terraces Triple Suites
Valley Terraces Double Suites
Granite Pass & Glacier Point Doubles, Triples
Sentinel Rock Doubles, Triples
El Portal Doubles, Triples

 

  • For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 current Heritage residents will have priority for housing. 
  • Generally continuing students and new transfer students are assigned to North Campus.
  • Valley Terraces are only available for continuing and new transfer students. In Valley Terraces, suites consist of 2 or 3 double rooms, a common room, and a bathroom. 
  • Single rooms are not generally available on campus and are reserved for accommodations.

Residential Meal Plans

You can view complete details about the required residential meal plan on the Dining Services website.

Housing Resources
 

Please take a moment to review the Housing & Residence Life Contract. If offered a housing assignment for 2019-2020 you will be required to sign this contract to receive your housing assignment. 

Housing Application Process

Step 1 - Submit Application

The first step is to complete your housing application on the Housing Portal. The application will open at Noon on Monday, March 2nd. 

Access Housing Portal

During the initial application, you will do the following:

  1. Verify personal information
  2. List room preferences
  3. List roommate matching preferences
  4. Select special housing options and living learning communities

Step 2 - Housing Offer & Contract

Your application will be reviewed. If space is available, you will receive a housing offer and instructions on next steps. If we are not able to offer a space, you will be placed on a waitlist. 

Once you receive your housing offer, you will need to sign the housing contract. This will secure your place in housing for the coming term. There is no reservation fee or deposit due at the time you sign your contract. 

Contract Signing Steps

  1. Review and sign the contract
  2. Review and sign the pesticide agreement
  3. Sign up for or opt-out of renter's insurance

Watch video on how to sign your housing contract:

Step 3 - Roommate Groups

Once you receive a housing offer, you may return to the Housing Portal and create or join a Roommate Group. Roommate Groups are students who agree to live together. These groups will be used in the room selection process and for making assignments of anyone who does not select a room. 

Using this tool, you can either find compatible roommates and form a new group or you may search and request to join an existing group. Groups can also request to add you to their groups. 

Step 4 - Room Selection

Room Selection will take place between April 13th through 24th. During this time, you will be able to select a room/suite/apartment for you and those in your roommate group. 

To help manage system overload, each person will be assigned a room selection time slot. You will not be able to access room selection until your time slot time. Additional rooms will be made available for each time slot block. 

At your room selection time, visit the Housing Portal and select from available rooms. When you select a room, you will be able to place other members of your roommate group into spaces in the room/suite/apartment. Only one person in a roommate group needs to complete this process. 

 If you are not able to select a room or chose not to, you will be placed via Automatic Assignment in June.

View the Roommate and Room selection webinar from April 20, 2020:

Housing Cancellation
 

If you no longer wish to to live on campus for the selected terms, you must submit a Housing Cancellation form on the Housing Portal

If you have signed your contract, a housing cancellation fee will apply as follows: 

Deadline Fee
Before June 2nd No Fee
June 2nd - August 1st $200
August 1st forward or failure to move in $300
 

Cancellation fees will be posted to your student account and due at the next campus payment deadline. 

If housing and meal charges were added to your account, they will be removed within 5-7 business days.