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Contract, Policies and Rates

2020-2021 Contracts and Rates

Fall 2020 -  Students can continue to applly for housing based on need categories stated below since July 2020 by going into the Housing Portal.

UC Merced has updated its plans for the fall 2020 semester in an effort to protect our community amidst the rapidly changing conditions related to COVID-19. To minimize in-person contact, we will offer campus residency only to students for whom UC Merced is the best or only place to live while pursuing their education. Because of this update, we have cleared waitlist rosters, cleared housing application requests and canceled signed housing contracts as of July 12, 2020 given the lack of available space.

All students who have a need to live on-campus during the fall 2020 semester will need to reapply for housing. We will only provide on-campus housing to students who demonstrate a high need for on-campus accommodation. These students fall into one or more of the following groups:

  • Safe & Secure Housing: Scholars who identify that on-campus housing is the safest environment or provides the most secure ADA accommodation requests
  • Guaranteed Housing: Scholars who identify as Foster/Former Foster Youth, Homeless, and Regents Scholars
  • Student Success Housing: Scholars who identify on-campus housing as best environment to serve their success
  • Financially Secure Housing: Scholars who identify the need for on-campus housing as a needed resource given their financial situation

If you are in one of these categories and would like to apply to live on campus for fall 2020, you must visit the Housing Portal and submit the Fall 2020 Housing Needs Survey under “Applications and Exemptions” by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 19. A video tutorial is available here. Be sure to provide a detailed explanation of your need for housing in line with the categories listed. It is in your best interest to complete the Housing Needs Survey as soon as possible to ensure that your request is fully reviewed.

After a review for eligibility and housing capacity, you will be notified of your application status via your UC Merced email account no later than Tuesday, July 21. Students who are offered campus housing will need to respond to the offer by signing an updated housing contract via the Housing Portal by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30. We will send housing assignments to students with signed housing contracts by the end of July. If you do not complete the Fall 2020 Housing Needs Survey or do not qualify in the groups listed above, you will not be eligible for campus housing for fall 2020.


Spring 2021 - Housing Portal will be open Monday Oct. 19, 2020 for housing applications. 

Should you need help with off-campus housing — identifying rental properties, financial assistance or both — please let us know. Detailed Housing FAQs are available on the Do Your Part website.

On-campus housing will cost $12,664 for the academic year ($6,332 per semester). This price does not include a required meal plan. An unlimited UC Merced meal plan for 2020-2021 costs $4,600. Additional details can be found on the UC Merced Dining Services website here.


Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Housing/Room Rates

  Academic Year Price Semester Price
On-campus single room $12,664 $6,332

About Housing Rates

  • Rates are listed per student bed.
  • Room and board fees are billed prior to each semester.
  • Rates include furnishings and provided utilities, WiFi and amenities.
  • There is an additional $20 housing association fee per semester.


Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Meal Plan Rates

Per Semester Pricing

Meal Plan

Plan Price

Included CAT Dollars


Guest Passes

Unlimited Blue





Unlimited Silver





Unlimited Gold





Unlimited Platinum





Unlimited Premier





About Meal Plan Rates

  • All residents must have a meal plan.
  • Students may use their unlimited all-you-care-to-eat meal plan in the Pavilion Dining Center.
  • CAT Dollars are flexible spending funds that can be used for food locations on campus, campus store purchases, printing, laundry.
  • CAT Dollar funds are loaded prior to each semester. CAT dollars carry over from semester to semester and year to year.
  • CAT dollars are only refunded when you separate from the university.


Summer 2020 Contracts and Rates

Students who have a current spring 2020 housing contract and are enrolled in six credit units for summer 2020:
Students who do not have a current spring 2020 housing contract or are not enrolled in six credit units for summer 2020:


Summer Sessions Information and Dates

For more details about summer sessions, please visit here.

Move-In Details

  • If you currently live in Mariposa Hall, you do not need to move at all.
  • If you are given permission to stay in Valley Terraces, you do not need to move.
  • If you hare in Half Dome, Heritage or Tuolumne, you will be given new housing assignment.
  • If you are moving from off campus, you will be given a new housing assignment.
  • If you are a UROC student moving in from anywhere but Mariposa Hall, you will be given an assignment in Mariposa Hall.

Move-In and Move-Out Dates

Check in and check out will be at the Valley Residence Education Office, 100 Terrace Center. The phone number for the office is 209-228-4663.

For more information about the move-out process, please click here.

Move Dates and Times Cancellation Deadline
Summer A/D move in for Heritage residents to campus Arranged move by 12-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 Friday, May 16
Summer A/D move in

12-4 p.m. Thursday, May 21 for students in Tuolumne and Half Dome

12-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 for those moving from off campus

Friday, May 16
Summer B move in 12-4 p.m. Sunday, June 21 Friday, May 19
Summer A move out Move out by 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 3 N/A
Summer C move in 12-4 p.m. Sunday, July 5 Friday, June 3
Summer B/C/D move out Move out by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 N/A















Move-In and Move-Out Dates for UROC

Move-in date and time for UROC to Mariposa Hall is 12- 4 p.m. May 23.

Move-out date and time for UROC is by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

Intersession Housing

Intersession charges will be billed at the $30 nightly rate. Intersession charges include dates before and after your intended summer session.

Students in B, C and D who are living on campus for Fall 2020 can move into their fall assignments on Aug. 15.

Summer Roommates/Suitemates

Residents will not have a roommate this summer due to COVID-19 social distancing expectations.

Dining Plan

Dining will be through an unlimited all-you-care-to-eat plan with no Cat Dollars.

Dining hours at the Pavilion are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Saturday May 16 through Friday, Aug. 14, subject to change.

The Lantern Cafe and Summits Market Place are closed for the summer. For questions or feedback about dining, please email

Internet Access

Please contact IT Help Desk if you have questions or concerns.

Parking and Transportation

Please connect with UC Merced Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) if you have questions about bus service or parking on campus please contact 209-228-8277 or

Residence Education Desk Operations

Please visit the housing office to get questions answered, request toilet paper/cleaning supplies, pick up mail and borrow games/Den game items. Residents who need help with lock outs should first visit the desk during its hours of operation. If the desk is not open, please use the after hours information listed below.

Summer Hours for Valley Residence Education Office:

Now until Sunday, May 17:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Starting Monday, May 18:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Please contact the Residence Education office at 209-228-4663 or

Work Order

For repairs needed in your room or in the common areas/lounges, kitchen, or hallways, please complete the work order here and use the “Guest Log In” option.


Residents are expected to know and abide by all Housing and Residence Education policies. Policies and information regarding living on campus can be found in the Housing Handbook (Behavioral, Conduct, and Occupancy Policies) at

Basic Needs Services

Please refer to this webpage for updated information:

Residence Education Staff

Residence Education Coordinator Lizzy Gomez will provide direct staff support to all summer academic residents. Her contact information, including a link to schedule a meeting with her, can be found on our staff directory page. Lizzy is available to help residents with any issues. These may include community challenges, policy violations or general questions about help and support resources available. Lizzy will provide services in lieu of an RA for the summer term. In general, Lizzy’s working hours follow university business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After-Hours Service and Contacts

Professional staff are on site and available to assist you afte -hours in case of emergency or for general assistance.

For assistance after hours, please contact: Residence Education/RA On-Call at 209-769-8631 (No texting).

For emergencies, please contact UC Merced Police Department at 209-228-2677.

Student safety is important to us. Please check out more information at

Summer Housing Billing

Billing for summer housing will be posted on student accounts May 25, 2020.

Summer housing charges will be posted on student accounts based on the following University timeline:

April 1, May 1 and June 1 Billing statements published
May 19 Summer Sessions A and D payment deadline
June 15 Summer Sessions B and C payment deadline






For more information about summer university billing cycle, please click here.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact 209-228-2293 or

2019-2020 Contracts and Rates