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**We are currently not taking single graduate student housing application. The campus is using the spaces for isolation and quarantine planning. Please contact if you need temporary housing in July till end of August.  Please check back for graduate housing availability for spring 2022 semester, or email

UC Merced Housing and Residence Education is excited to offer graduate students on-campus housing in two of the campus’ most recently constructed residence halls.

Graduate student apartments are located on the first floors of Sentinel Rock and El Portal (not available at this time for fall 2021) residence halls. Each apartment is designed to be shared by two graduate students. The apartments include two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a shared kitchen and living room.

The monthly rate for each student in an apartment is $1,000. The rate includes the furnished apartment, as well as water, sewer, electricity, trash and high-speed internet services.

In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in eight to 12 credit hours per semester. Housing is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to international graduate students.

How to Apply

Applications for graduate housing can be found on the Housing Portal. Housing Services will review applications and will offer or deny housing to applicants based on eligibility. Those offered housing will receive an email in their UC Merced email account and will need to sign a graduate housing contract within five to seven business days. Students will then be assigned to an apartment and will be given information about move in.

Please note that the Academic Year 2021-2022 graduate housing contract is from August 1, 2021 to July 15, 2022.

If you have questions about the Housing Portal, the housing application, rates, the housing contract or billing, please contact or call 209-228-2293 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Apartment Amenities

Bedroom – a twin long bed and mattress, desk, chair and two dressers

Kitchen – a dining table with four chairs, a microwave, a full-size refrigerator, a stove and a dishwasher

Living Room – a couch and a soft chair

There are community laundry facilities in both Sentinel Rock (Room 104) and El Portal (Room 135). Residents have 24-hour access to the laundry facilities located within their building. Landry rooms are for resident use only. Clothes left in the room for more than 48 hours will be removed as abandoned property.

Washers and dryers accept coins as well as the the Speed Queen App. Instructions on how to use the app are posted in the laundry facilities. Wash cycles cost $1.25 ($1.50 for super cycle) and dry cycles cost $1.

For more information on additional amenities available to on-campus residents, please visit:

Meal Plans

Graduate residents are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, if you are interested in meal plan options, please visit or email


Residential parking is available for graduate students living on campus. Please contact UC Merced Transportation and Parking Services at for more information.

Housing Handbook

Please review your rights and responsibilities as a resident, and be sure to read the Housing Handbook on University policies:

Billing Schedule

We encourage students to pay your housing fees on time to avoid University Business Services late fees. Please visit to see UC Merced Student Business Services Payment Policies and Guidelines.

Period Payment Deadline Amount
Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 Aug. 1 $1,000
Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 Sept. 1 $1,000
Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 Oct. 1 $1,000
Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 Nov. 1 $1,000
Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 Dec. 1 $1,000
Jan. 1 through Jan. 31 Jan. 1 $1,000
Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 Feb. 1 $1,000
March 1 through March 31 March 1 $1,000
April 1 through April 30 April 1 $1,000
May 1 through May 31 May 1 $1,000
June 1 through June 30 June 1 $1,000
July 1 through July 15 July 1 $500

Summer Housing

Summer contracts are separate from standard graduate housing. If you are interested in staying on campus during the summer, please contact or call 209-228-2293 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer contracts will run from June 1 to July 15.

Renter’s Insurance

Work Orders

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