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2020-2021 Housing Application - New First-Year Students

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Important Dates
Date Description
12 p.m. March 2 Application opens
May 1 Deadline to express interest in a
Living Learning Community
June 1
  • Deadline to change room preference
  • Priority date for fall 2020 housing accommodation requests
  • Room assignment process begins (please check your UC Merced details for details
June 25 Deadline to sign or cancel contract for fall 2020 housing. Please go to your Housing Portal to do so. No housing cancelation fees will be assessed for cancelation.
Late July to Early August

We will send email out to contracted students about the changes in housing assignment process as we will only have singles and doubles at this time. Please check your UC Merced email or Housing Portal for housing updates.Students will receive roommate assignment through UC Merced emails.

Housing Options

Residence Hall Options

* For Fall 2020, room type options are singles and doubles only, no triples and quads at this time.

Residence Hall Available Room Types
Half Dome Quad
Cathedral & Tenaya Double, Triple, Quad
Sierra Terraces Triple Suites
Granite Pass & Glacier Point Doubles, Triples
Sentinel Rock Doubles, Triples
El Portal Doubles, Triples
  • In Sierra Terraces, suites consist of 2 triple rooms with a shared bathroom
  • All other communities have common bathrooms for groups of 10-15 residents
  • 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 Selection Process

Step 1 - Submit Housing Preferences Form

The first step is to complete your housing application on the Housing Portal. 

Access Housing Portal

During the intial application, you will do the following:

  1. Verify personal information
  2. List room preferences
  3. List roommate matching preferences
  4. Select special housing options or 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. You will not receive your official assignment until your contract is signed. 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
  4. Select meal plan

Are you under 18?

If you are currently under 18, you will need to designate a parent or legal guardian to sign the contract for you. This can be done on the housing portal when you are signing the contract. You will enter the e-mail address of your signer and they will receive an e-mail to sign online. If they cannot sign online, you can also return a signed copy of the PDF via e-mail or postal mail. 

Step 3 - Roommate Groups

Starting June 14th, 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 for making assignments.

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. You must have a signed housing contract to create roommate groups or be added to a roommate group. 

Step 4 - Housing Assignments

Assignments will be based on your preferences, roommate groups, LLC participation, and space available. First-year students will not be given the option to select a specific room.  

The amount and distribution of available rooms may change in response to the pandemic. Every effort will be made to honor requested rooms and roommate groups. However, final assignments are subject to change based on available space. We will communicate final assignments on <<DATE>> by email. 

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


For Fall 2020, no housing cancelation fees will be assessed.

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 2nd forward or failure to move in $300

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