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Housing Cancellation and Termination Information

Whether you decide to live off campus or will no longer be attending UC Merced, once you have submitted an online application, you will need to submit a written request to officially cancel your contract.  

Please consult the Housing Contract section 13 to thoroughly understand your contractual responsibilities.  In most cases, a liquidated damages/contract cancellation fee applies. This fee is date driven and increases the closer we get to move in.

Cancellation Before Move-in

Written requests for housing contract cancellation received before move in is guaranteed approval.  Complete the “Contract Cancellations Before Move-in Day form. Requests are processed based on the date it is received by the Housing and Residence Education Office.  

Cancellation After Move-In

Written requests for housing contract cancellation received after you move in must meet a specific criteria and are rarely approved.  A resident must have a compelling and unanticipated medical or financial problem that arises after the Contract and reservation fee is submitted.  Documentation to support such claim is required.  

Submitting a Request for Cancellation

You can submit a request for cancellation on the Housing Portal under Housing Cancellation. 

You are welcome to either hand deliver or mail a signed copy of the Request for Contract Cancellation form to:

100 Terrace Center Housing Office (Cancel Request)
5400 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95340

Cancellation Fee

Students with a sign contract will be assessed a cancellation fee to their student account based on the schedule below. This fee is not subject to appeal.

  • $0 Received before June 2
  • $200 Received between June 2 and August 1
  • $300 After August 1 (If you failed to cancel or after move-in)

Dismissal after Fall Semester

Please complete the After Move-in Day Cancellation Request Form using the category Disassociation with University.  No documentation is required as long as your name appears on the list from the Registrars. You will be approved. You will be encouraged to move-out of the halls the second week of January. Look for an email from our office with move-out instructions.