Changes to the Housing Process

Ongoing uncertainties about the public health outlook for 2021 has impacted the Continuing Student housing application timeline, housing guarantee, and the timing of housing offers:

  • Continuing student housing offers for Fall 2021 are not guaranteed. Offers will be made as space allows in accordance with public health measures in effect at the time.
  • Housing applications for Fall 2021 are OPEN, as of January 20, 2021.
  • The Arroyo Vista/Residence Hall application will be linked to the Housing Gateway, and each of the American Campus Communities applications will be available on their respective websites. Students may submit one or more housing applications for the following options:
    • Arroyo Vista and the Residence Halls
    • Camino del Sol
    • Plaza Verde
    • Puerta del Sol
    • Vista del Campo
    • Vista del Campo Norte
  • There is no cost required at the time of application. If offered a housing contract for Arroyo Vista or the Residence Halls, a $350 reservation fee will be required. If offered a 2021-22 lease for one of the ACC communities, no security deposit will be required for new leaseholders.  
  • Agreement terms vary by communityArroyo Vista and Residence Hall contracts extend from Sept - June. ACC community leases are for 11.5 months and have varying start dates in June, August, or September. 
  • Housing offers will be made in application date/time order. Campuswide Honors Collegium students, and recipients of Regents, Chancellor's Excellence, and Directors Scholarships will receive priority consideration for fall 2021 housing offers if they apply by February 15, 2021. Students in these groups will receive one on-campus priority housing offer for either Arroyo Vista, the Residence Halls, or one of the ACC apartment communities. If the offer is declined they will remain on the waitlist with the general applicant pool. Room and community preferences are not guaranteed.
  • ACC communities (Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, Camino del Sol, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Verde) will begin summer/fall 2021 housing offers in March, 2021.
  • Fall 2021 housing offers for Arroyo Vista and the Residence Halls (Mesa Court and Middle Earth) will begin in May.
  • Students eligible for Graduate and Family Housing (age 25 or over) may submit an application for those communities beginning on March 1, 2021 (Campus Village, Palo Verde, Verano Place). Housing offers in those communities will begin in May/June.
  • Room types available for 2021-22: The residence halls will offer single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms; Arroyo Vista will offer double-occupancy rooms; ACC communities offer single or (in some communities) double occupancy rooms.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

Research and consider your options! Here are some features you may want to focus on:

  • Type of housing: Do you want to live in a residence hall (with a meal plan), a theme house (academic/fraternity/sorority), or an apartment?
  • Do you want your own room or a roommate? Different communities offer different room occupancy options.
  • Occupancy Term: Do you want housing for Sept - June or for an 11.5 month period? Arroyo Vista and the Residence Halls offer housing for Sept – June. ACC communities offer approximately 11.5 month agreements with June, August, and September start dates.
  • Housing Costs: 2021-22 housing rates can be found here. Costs for options in the ACC Communities are available on their websites.
  • Discuss your options with family and possible roommates.
    • If your family contributes to your costs of education, what housing costs are they comfortable with?
    • Does your Financial Aid award support the cost of your preferred housing option? The funding available is likely to include options for loans, which must be repaid once you complete your studies, as well as parent loans. Make sure you understand your funding award options and obligations. Contact Financial Aid for more information.
    • Some housing agreements extend through the summer months, e.g., ACC communities and Graduate and Family Housing. Is this manageable for your budget?
    • If you are considering a roommate or apartment-mates, are you all in agreement about a preferred community and floorplan?
  • Make a plan to apply!
    • 2021-22 Housing applications are OPEN
    • If seeking housing with others, make sure that you all apply early and indicate the same housing preferences.

Want More Information?

  • Review Frequently Asked Questions and Answers here.

How Can I Request a Specific Roommate?

Roommate requests can be made on the ACC applications and on the UCI Housing Personal Information Forms that accompancy housing offers. Roomate requests must be mutual to be consider and cannot be guaranteed. Students who want to room together should select the same housing preferences for community, room type, etc.