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2020-2021 Housing Application - Transfer Students

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On June 12, UC Merced Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom sent an email stating that due to COVID-19, “For 2020-2021, our two-year residency requirement will be waived. Priority for campus housing this fall will go to incoming freshmen, housing-insecure students, foster and former foster youth and students with an ADA accommodation request.”

Please also go to for covid-19 related questions for fall 2020.

Information on this page for 2020-2021 at this time may not reflect changes due to covid-19.


Important Dates
Date Description
12 p.m. March 2 Application opens

June 1

June 5

Priority deadline

Application deadline

Aug. 7 Official assignments and move-in details become available.

Housing 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 2018-2019 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. 

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 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

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 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. 

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 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.