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UC Merced Graduate Housing

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**We currently are not accepting applications for 2021-2022 Graduate Housing. Please check back at a later date.

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 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.

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


Overnight parking is available for undergraduate and graduate students living on campus for the spring 2021 semester.

Parking will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 and will be valid Jan. 12 through May 14, 2021 for a cost of $200. 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
January 2021 Once contract is signed, by Jan. 13, 2021
February 2021 Feb. 1, 2021
March 2021 March 1, 2021
April 2021 April 1, 2021
May 2021 May 1, 2021

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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