Application Window opens at 7 a.m. on Friday November 15th 

Attend an Information Sessions for a detailed overview of the process and your housing options.

Mesa Court - Community Center Multi-purpose Room (2nd level)
  • Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30 pm
Middle Earth - Dome of Stars (Middle Earth Towers - 2nd level of Telperion Hall)
  • Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm
Vista del Campo Norte - Classroom
  • Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 pm

NEW TIME! Facebook Live Info Session - view on the UCI Housing FB page and IM your questions!

  • Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 pm

Who is Eligible?*

  • Freshmen residents of on-campus communities who live on-campus for 2019-20
  • Transfer students admitted for fall 2019 who are living on campus for 2019-20
  • Continuing students living in the residence halls for 2019-20**
  • Members of the Campuswide Honors Collegium
  • Regents Scholars and Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars
  • FYRE Scholars

*If you are not eligible for guaranteed housing, you may still apply to the 2020-21 housing waitlist (for Arroyo Vista) when the application opens in April. Waitlist applications for all American Campus Communities will open in January, 2020.      ** For 2019-20 residents only. Moving forward, continuing students living in the residence halls for 2020-21 and thereafter will not be guaranteed another year of housing unless they fall into one of the other eligibility groups.

 Check the "Where can I live?" page for more information on housing options. 

What is the Guarantee?

Eligible students who apply within the guaranteed housing application window are guaranteed an offer of on-campus housing in one of the participating communities. Due to space limitations, applicants are not guaranteed housing in their preferred community or room/apartment type.

Applicants who fail to meet application or contract/lease submission deadlines forfeit their housing guarantee and may re-apply for housing when housing waitlist applications open (January for ACC communities and April for Arroyo Vista and the Residence Halls).

Which Housing Options are Included?

The guaranteed housing options for students who are under 25 and single include the following:*

  • Mesa Court  (Sept-June contract, meal plan included)
  • Middle Earth (Sept-June contract, meal plan included)
  • Arroyo Vista  (Sept-June contract, meal plan not included, bu may be purchased separately)

American Campus Communities  (apartments, 12-month lease, summer sublets allowed)

Housing options vary by contract/lease term, location, amenities, and costs. For a quick overview of options, click here.

Please Note:

* Demand for some communities often exceeds the number of available spaces. 

* Mesa Court, Middle Earth, and Arroyo Vista offer 9-month (Sept-June) contracts. Each of the American Campus Communities (ACC) require a 12-month commitment, but allow for summer sublets (within community rules).  

* Students who will be 25 or older in September 2020 will rank only the ACC Communities in their guaranteed housing application. Students seeking housing with a spouse/partner will rank three of the ACC Communities--Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, and Puerta del Sol. Students with children will be instructed on how to apply for family housing in Verano Place and Palo Verde.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Application Windows Opens -- 7 a.m. on November 15th 

    Please note: Due to the number of students logging in to the Housing Gateway when the application window opens, the system tends to run slowly for the first couple of hours. We will do all we can to minimize wait times, and we appreciate your patience.

  2. Completing the Application

    Housing applications are completed online via the Housing Gateway. The application will ask you to rank order your community preferences.

  3. Application Windows Closes -- 12 noon on November 22nd

    Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application! You will not be able to submit your application after the deadline.

How Are Offers Made?

Housing community offers will be sent out starting on the afternoon of November 25th. Offers will be made in application date/time order (according to applicant preferences) until all available spaces in the communities are filled. If we are not able to offer your highest ranked community, your second choice community will be offered (as long as space is available). If that community fills up, your third ranked community will be offered, etc. Students who request family housing will receive additional information and instructions during the week of November 25th.

What If I Don’t Want Housing in the Community I am Offered?

Students who decline their guaranteed housing offer may pursue housing in a waitlist process later in the academic year. Housing waitlist applications for American Campus Communities open in January, and the waitlist application Arroyo Vista opens in April. Students interested in pursuing off-campus housing options will find listings on the Anteater Housing Network.

Information about ACC communities is available from the Leasing Center, located in Plaza Verde, open Monday-Friday (8:00AM - 5:00PM).

How Can I Request a Specific Roommate?

Roommate requests are not made at the time of application. Students who want to room together should apply as early and as close together as possible, and rank their community preferences in the same order.  Once community offers have been made, students will have an opportunity to make roommate requests for others who have been offered the same community. More information on that process will be provided in winter quarter.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

  • Research your housing options including lease terms, location, housing type, and costs.
    • Please note: While there is no cost to submit a guaranteed housing application, community-specific applications for the ACC Communities require payment of a refundable $300 deposit.
  • Talk to your parents about your housing options and the differences between them.
  • Attend an Information Session! There will be four sessions offered in the first two weeks of November.  Sessions are open to all interested students. Check back on Oct 21 for scheduling.
  • For more information on ACC Properties (Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, Camino del Sol, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Verde), visit their websites or contact the ACC Leasing Office (located in Plaza Verde), Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at (949) 326-5600.

What Happens After I Apply?

  • Community offers and information on next steps will be emailed to applicants beginning on November 25th.
  • ACC Communities will send instructions by November 22nd for completing your community application. Community applications are due with $300 refundable security deposit by December 6, 2019.
  • Leasing for ACC Communities begins in December.
  • Contract offers for UCI Housing communities (Mesa Court, Middle Earth, and Arroyo Vista) will be sent in early-April.