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Important Dates for Newly Admitted Students

When to apply for housing, move-in dates, etc.
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Merrill renovation

Merrill College renovation nears completion

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Continuing students: are you planning to live on campus next year?

Priority Housing Application Period is April 13-20

Triple Room Video Tour
Triple Room Video Tour

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Water Conservation at UCSC

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Welcome Parents and Family

We are pleased that you and your student are interested in UC Santa Cruz, a selective UCSC Student and her Familycollegiate university with a national reputation for excellence. UCSC recently made Forbes' list of the most beautiful campuses, not just in the U.S., but in the world.

Living on campus provides students with the opportunity to interact in an academic environment and enhance their education by taking advantage of the support provided by the university. Recent research of college students across the nation indicates that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate.

University housing provides residents with the traditional amenities and more.

By living on-campus, students can interact and live with dedicated professional and student staff members.

Campus safety is a priority at UCSC. The campus Police Department and housing staff members are available 24 hours a day to make sure students feel safe in their home-away-from-home.

As a resident in campus housing, students can:

Living at UCSC means living with friends, and experiencing a living situation that is different from any other.

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