*Updated July 29, 2022: grad housing application process has been closed.
Acadmemic Year Housing at UC Merced (process closed)
Graduate student apartments are located on the first floor of El Portal residence hall. The apartments include two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a shared kitchen and living room. Each apartment is designed to be shared by two graduate students. One graduate student will have his/her own room and bathroom, while the other full bathroom opens into the shared suite.
The monthly rate for each student in an apartment is $800.00/month. The rate includes the furnished apartment, as well as water, sewer, electricity, trash and high-speed internet services.
In order to be eligible, a resident must be enrolled in at least 8 credit hours per semester or be otherwise considered enrolled as full time.
Graduate housing has 26 bed spaces in 13 apartments in El Portal. Housing is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority as follows:
- International graduate students
- New graduate students (Admission after January 1, 2022)
- Graduate students
How to Apply:
(Applications are closed)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 priority, eligibility, and space available. 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 from the day the student received the housing offer in their UC Merced email. Students will then be assigned to an apartment and will be given information about move in. Move in for graduate students in August 12.
Please note that the academic year 2021-2022 graduate housing contract is from Aug. 12, 2022 to May 31, 2023
If you have questions about the Housing Portal, housing application, rates, housing contract or billing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-228-2293 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to confirm your submission.
Housing Services will review your submission. Housing Services will send an email to your UC Merced email address to:
1. Offer housing. You can then go back to the Housing Portal to sign a contract within five to seven business days. If you have decided you do not want the housing contract, you can then go to the cancellation form tab in the Housing Portal to cancel or email your cancellation to email@example.com. We will move you to the waitlist once the deadline to sign is past. Once you signed your contract, you will receive an email to confirm your contract is signed. The next step is housing assignment. Housing will assign you to an apartment with move-in information.
2. Waitlist - We are not able to offer you housing immediately. We will let you know when housing is available in the future.
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
Residents are not permitted to bring their own furniture or to remove any university furniture or appliances from the apartment.
There are community laundry facilities in El Portal (Room 135). Residents have 24-hour access to the laundry facilities located within their building. Laundry rooms are for resident use only. Clothes left in the room for more than 48 hours will be removed as abandoned property. Instructions on how to use the app are posted in the laundry facilities. There is no cost to campus residents for use of the laundry facilities.
For more information on additional amenities available to on-campus residents, please visit: https://housing.ucmerced.edu/housing/services-amenities.
Graduate residents are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, if you are interested in meal plan options, please visit https://dining.ucmerced.edu/meal-plans/plans/residential-meal-plan or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential parking is available for graduate students living on campus. Please contact UC Merced Transportation and Parking Services at email@example.com for more information.
Please review your rights and responsibilities as a resident, and be sure to read the Housing Handbook on University policies: https://housing.ucmerced.edu/housing-handbook.
Housing fees will be processed and posted to your university student account according to the following billing schedule. We encourage students to pay your housing fees on time to avoid University Business Services late fees. Please visit https://bfs.ucmerced.edu/departments/student-business-services to see UC Merced Student Business Services Payment Policies and Guidelines.
|Aug. 1 through Aug. 31||Aug. 1||$800|
|Sept. 1 through Sept. 30||Sept. 1||$800|
|Oct. 1 through Oct. 31||Oct. 1||$800|
|Nov. 1 through Nov. 30||Nov. 1||$800|
|Dec. 1 through Dec. 31||Dec. 1||$800|
|Jan. 1 through Jan. 31||Jan. 1||$800|
|Feb. 1 through Feb. 28||Feb. 1||$800|
|March 1 through March 31||March 1||$800|
|April 1 through April 30||April 1||$800|
|May 1 through May 31||May 1||$800|
Summer contracts are separate from standard graduate housing. If you are interested in staying on campus during the summer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-228-2293 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For information on off-campus housing, please visit: https://och.ucmerced.edu/.
Graduate Transitional Housing
Graduate transtional housing is offered on a space-available basis for graduate students transitioning into off-campus housing in the Merced community.
This housing is offered only between July 15-August 12 and is purchased per occupant, per day.
Transitional housing is limited to graduate students enrolled in 8 or more gradute hours for fall 2022 or otherwise in full-time status for fall 2022 term. Priority is given to international students.
Transitional housing is billed at $38.00/day and includes access to the dining hall. Students pay for their reservation online prior to arrival, similar to booking a hotel.
How to request
Temporary housing is available for incoming students and eligibility is verifed by the graduate division. Click here to request temporary housing: https://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/form/temporary-housing-request-form