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Spring 2023 Housing

 

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Current Residents

Students who signed an academic year  or graduate housing contract for fall 2022 already have housing for spring 2023. They do not need to reapply.

The health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. UC Merced continues to respond to the novel coronavirus, and the below information is subject to change. Please stay up to date with the latest information for students here.

Please click here for spring 2023 room and meal plan rates, including step-by-step tutorials on the housing application process.

 

Change Housing or Meals for Spring 2023

**Current campus housing residents DO NOT NEED TO APPLY for the spring 2023 semester.**

Current residents who do not wish to return for spring 2023 are asked to cancel their housing contract by Dec. 2, 2022. Students can cancel their housing contracts through the Housing Portal. Please see the housing cancellation page for more details about fees and deadlines.

Current residents who wish to change their meal plan must do so by Jan. 13, 2023 through the Housing Portal.

 

Move-In Date and Time

Return to campus depends on your current housing status.

  • Current residents with an academic year contract move back in on or after 10:00am, January 15, 2023 by scheduling an appointment on the Housing PortalAccess to the Pavilion Dining Center will also be available again on Sunday, Jan. 15. Please check the dining website for spring 2023 hours and menus.
  • Students new to campus housing for spring 2023 may move in on or after Jan. 12, 2023 by scheduling an appointment on the Housing Portal. Please refer to your housing assignment email for more specific move-in instructions.

The move-in appointment is to allow the University to plan for services, including meal service and other campus operations, based on the expected return to campus. Residents are welcome to return to campus on or after their spring their contract start date.

Housing Assignment

Your room assignment will be the same as the previous semester. If you wish to change your room assignment due to roommate conflict, please refer to the room change process page for more information.

Please click here for housing and meal plan rates.

Residential Parking Permit

Students who currently have fall on-campus overnight parking will be given the option to purchase parking for the 2023 spring semester. Starting in November, TAPS contact students with active fall 2022 overnight parking permit permissions and offer the option to purchase overnight parking for the 2023 spring semester.

Moving In 

Where to Unload

  • Half Dome, Tenaya, Cathedral: Scholars Lot
  • Mariposa, Tuolumne, Valley Terraces: Muir Pass or Scholars Lot
  • Glacier Point, Granite Pass, Sentinel Rock or El Portal: Bellevue Lot

After unloading, please move your car to long-term parking in the Bellevue Lot or depart campus.  

Loading and Moving In/Out

Families can accompany students to campus to help with unloading. All persons must wear a face covering and follow the University’s guidelines for physical distancing.

Family or friends are not permitted to spend the night with students in their rooms. Guests who do not comply with our policies will be asked to leave. Students are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times, including during move in.

 

Valley Terrace Center - Resident Services Desk Hours

The Resident Services Desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during move-in (January 12-15). Please direct questions to the office at 209-228-4663 or the Housing Contact Form.

 

COVID Testing

If you were exposed to someone (meaning within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes or sharing a bathroom and/or kitchen with them) who tested COVID-19 positive within the last 14 days or you have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive within the last 10 days, please stay home and contact the COVID Response Center at COVIDResponseCtr@ucmerced.edu or (209) 228-0000. 

Students will test for COVID-19 after being issued keys. COVID self-test kits, along with instructions on how to report results to UC Merced, are located on each bed in your assigned room.

CatCard

Continuing students who have lost their CatCard and need a replacement should visit https://catcard.ucmerced.edu/manage-account/replacement-CatCards and follow the instructions to replace their card.   

 

Incoming First-Year and Transfer Students

Spring 2023 housing is guaranteed for all incoming first-year and transfer students.

The health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. UC Merced continues to respond to the novel coronavirus, and the below information is subject to change. Please stay up to date with the latest information for students here.

Please click here for spring 2023 room and meal plan rates, including step-by-step tutorials on the housing application process.

 

Application Process and Timeline

  1. Prepare

    • Submit your SIR for spring 2023. You must SIR at UC Merced to be eligible to apply for student housing. Your student account in the housing portal is typically active within 48 hours.

    • Spring 2023 Housing Applications open for submission on October 17, 2022. Housing contracts must be signed by 11:59 P.M. JAN. 2, 2023.  Please submit your application through the Housing Portal, and sign the contract before that date

    • If you would like to request housing accommodations, please click here for more information. The priority deadline for housing accommodations is January 3, 2022. Accommodations approved after that time can not be guaranteed for spring semester. Some accommodations, like single rooms, may not be available in spring term due to fall occupants.

    • Spring-only applicants sign the academic year 2022-2023 housing contract, but are billed for spring term only.

  2. Apply for Housing
    • Go to the Housing Portal on or after October 17, 2022 to submit your application. Select "Spring 2023" as the term.
    • Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to submit your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email.
  3. Sign your contract
    • Within 3-5 business days, a housing offer and contract will be posted on your housing portal. Please check your email regularly for notifications.
    • Go to the Housing Portal to sign your contract. Click here for a step-by-step guide on signing your housing contract. (Click here for under-18 years old signing process)
    • Once you have signed your contract, you will receive a confirmation email.
    • You can sign the contract at any time after it's been offered, but you must sign by the priority date and time (11:59 p.m. Jan. 2, 2023) to be guaranteed housing for the upcoming term. 
  4. Room assignments and roommate information:

    • Assignments and roomate information will be posted on the Housing Portal starting on or after January 3, 2023. It may take some time for you to receive your housing assignment. We apologize for the wait.

Students can also choose to cancel or deny their contract through the Housing Portal. Canceling or denying a contract will stop the room and board billing.

 

How to sign your housing contract

Under 18 years of age signing process

Over 18 years of age signing process

Housing Assignment

Students are now being housed in all residence halls. Please visit here to view building and room layouts.

Please visit here for housing and meal plan rates. 

Your room assignment is final. However, you may change your room assignment in March if you experience roommate conflict. Please refer to Room Change Process for more information.    

 

Move-In Date and Time

Move-In Date and Time

  • Students new to campus housing for spring 2023 may move in on or after Jan. 12, 2023 by scheduling an appointment on the Housing Portal. Please refer to the housing assignment email for more specific move-in instructions.

The move-in appointment is to allow the University to plan for services, including meal service and other campus operations, based on the expected return to campus. Residents are welcome to return to campus on or after their contract start time.

What to Bring

UC Merced Housing and Residence Education wants to help make your transition to college as smooth and comfortable as possible. To help ensure students have what they need in their residence hall and make it feel like home, we have put together a list of what to bring and what to leave at home.

 

Residential Parking Permit

Any new first-year or transfer students are eligible for on-campus overnight parking by applying through the application exception process. Please click here for more details. 

 

Before Moving in

Symptom Monitoring 

If you were exposed to someone (meaning within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes or sharing a bathroom and/or kitchen with them) who tested COVID-19 positive within the last 14 days or you have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive within the last 10 days, please stay home and contact the COVID Response Center at COVIDResponseCtr@ucmerced.edu or (209) 228-0000.  

COVID Testing

Students will test for COVID-19 after being issued keys. COVID self-test kits, along with instructions on how to report results to UC Merced, are located on each bed in your assigned room.

Moving In 

Where to Unload

  • Half Dome, Tenaya, Cathedral: Scholars Lot
  • Mariposa, Tuolumne, Valley Terraces: Muir Pass or Scholars Lot
  • Glacier Point, Granite Pass, Sentinel Rock or El Portal: Bellevue Lot

After unloading, please move your car to long-term parking in the Bellevue Lot or depart campus.  

Unloading and Moving In

Families can accompany students to campus to help with unloading. All persons must wear a face covering and follow the University’s guidelines for physical distancing. Students are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times, including during move in.

If you cannot find your residence hall, the staff at Resident Services will be more than happy to help direct you.

Valley Terrace Center - Resident Services Desk Hours

The Resident Services Desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during move in. Please direct questions to the office at 209-228-4663 or use the Housing Contact Form.

Mailing Address

Use the following format as your mailing address:

[Your Name]
[Building] [Room]
5400 N. Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95340

You can pick up your mail at Resident Services at the Valley Terrace Offices.

Download the complete instructions for using smart lockers via Smiota PoDS.

 

CatCard

Your CatCard is used to access your residence hall and to get food and services on campus. Each student will receive their CatCard when they move in.

Please click here for information on how to obtain your CatCard. We recommend that you submit a photo in advance. This will allow us to print and prepare the student’s CatCard ID before move-in day. Photos can be submitted here: https://catcard.ucmerced.edu/services/photo-selfie. If you have any problems with this service, please email CatCard@ucmerced.edu. 

At this time, the CatCard office is in Kollogian Library (KL) Room #111A. You’ll need to provide a form of picture ID to claim your CatCard.

 

Meal Plan

Your CatCard is used to access the Pavilion Dining Center. Access to the dining center begins Thursday, Jan. 12, 2022, or upon move in.

You can check what meal plan you signed up for on the Housing Portal or through MobileID. If you would like to change your meal plan, please do so by Jan. 6, 2022 through the Housing Portal. Changes to a meal plan will result in changes in total meal plan billing to your student account.  Please contact housing@ucmerced.edu if you have any questions. 

Move-in dining hours: Please check the dining website for spring 2023 hours.

 

Campus Policies

The housing handbook covers all the policies, rules and amenities for students living on campus. Please review this handbook and pay attention to interim policies related to COVID-19. We’ve also provided overviews of what to expect from life on campus for both housing and dining below.

What to expect living on campus

Summary of housing handbook policy changes in response to COVID-19

 

Offices on Campus

Students First Center

For questions about Admissions, Financial Aid and Registrar, please visit https://studentsfirst.ucmerced.edu/contact-us-0 for contact information and hours.

Student Business Office

Emails and phone calls only. No in-person services. Closed on weekends. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. General inquiries of the department can be made to sbs@ucmerced.edu.

Academic Advising

The Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) is the academic advising home for all first-year students in every major.

Recreation Center

Please visit https://recreation.ucmerced.edu for most current information and updates.

UC Merced Police Department

For information about campus safety escorts or bike and electronics registration, please contact UC Merced Police Department at https://police.ucmerced.edu/.

IT Help Desk

For questions related to technology/online courses, game console set up and VPN, please contact https://it.ucmerced.edu/student-services.

Library

For updates and services, please go to the library FAQ at http://library.ucmerced.edu/node/70101.