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Starting in fall 2019, all incoming first year students will be
required to live on campus for two academic years.*


Benefits of Living On Campus:

» Convenient bill for room, meals and all utilities except telephone
» Adjusted financial aid to accommodate on-campus rates
» Meals prepared for you! no grocery shopping, cooking or doing the dishes


» Feel more connected to the campus and the bobcat community
» Transition more easily from high school to college
» Stay enrolled and graduate at higher rates


» Better access to campus and community events
» Attend classes more frequently and consistently
» Have more opportunities for making lifelong friends


» Living learning communities an enhanced living experience that integrates an academic field of
study and living with similar-minded student scholars
» Have better access to academic resources


Housing Amenities
  • Barbecue grills
  • Bicycle storage
  • Computer labs
  • Dance and music room
  • Game rooms
  • Internet access
  • Laundry rooms
  • Streaming movies
  • Study rooms
Recreational Amenities
  • Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Two new outdoor recreation fields
  • By fall 2020: Outdoor swimming pool



An enhanced living experience that integrates an academic
field of study and living with similar-minded student scholars

  • Fiat Lux Scholars
  • Natural Sciences Learning Communities
  • Leadership and Service Learning Community
  • Social Justice Learning Community
  • Gender Inclusive Housing
  • Afro Hall



The meal plan is mandatory because residence halls do not
have kitchen facilities that allow all students to cook meals
on a regular basis.

What meal plans are provided?

Each plan consists of Residential Dollars to be used for meal
purchases at campus-operated food service dining options,
as well as Cat Dollars to be used for meal purchases at retail

Dining options:

Beyond our new, state-of-the-art, campus-operated food
service dining facility, The Pavillion, UC Merced has retail
locations operated by local third-party vendors throughout



First year students are not eligible to purchase on-campus
parking permits; however, those who meet specific criteria can
file a petition.

Ways to get around Merced


What’s included in a housing contract?

  • Furnished room
    (extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, drawer and closet space)
  • High-speed Internet
  • TV streaming service
  • All utilities except telephone
  • Programs and activities

Do I need to pay the whole contract amount at once?

No. Although the contract commitment is for a full academic
year, you are billed by the semester. You have the option to
pay the semester in full (about half the total contract amount)
or you can apply for the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP).



Ensuring students’ safety and security and that of our
community is the UC Merced Police Department’s top
priority. Our highly trained officers, public safety dispatchers
and Community Service Officers are here to serve students
24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Emergency Blue Lights are direct lines to dispatch located
around campus. In an emergency, anyone can use the blue
lights to talk directly to dispatch to get assistance quickly or
request a safety escort.

Online bike and electronics registration increases the
chance that they will be recovered if stolen.

Some ways we distribute urgent emergency information:

  • Online: Alerts, bulletins and emails from the Police
  • Messages sent to your cell phone and/or email addresses
    using UCM Alert, UC Merced’s emergency notification system
  • Pop-up messages on your desktop computer or laptop via
    the Alertus notification system
  • Verbal announcements via the campus public
    announcement system