Housing for Academic Year 2020–21 and COVID-19 Response

Last updated: August 7, 2020

Plans for On-Campus Housing for 2020–21

UC Berkeley will be welcoming a limited number of students to campus this fall to live in campus residence halls and apartments. Please note that UC Berkeley’s housing plans are subject to the restrictions of local public health authorities. Read the latest campus updates about Academic Year 2020–21 here.

We still have space for fall, so if your original living arrangements have changed, you can still apply to live in campus housing. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for undergraduates, graduate students, and students with families (Family Student Housing).

On-campus housing for students in the residential halls will be single occupancy only. We will be able to accommodate all students who have received housing offers.

Occupancy levels in apartments for undergraduate and graduate student and student family housing (University Village Albany) remain the same. All housing complexes will continue to have residential life, housing, custodial, maintenance, and other critical staff on site and those offices are open for service.

Move-In for Fall 2020 

Please visit the Move-In page which was updated on Aug. 7, 2020. Move In for campus housing will occur from August 20–23, but each building will have a specified move-in day. Your move-in day will depend on your housing assignment. Students will receive an email that prompts them to select a one-hour time slot to move in. A multiple day timeline allows us to reduce population density and diminish foot traffic for buildings during each time slot. Learn more on the Move-In and Move-In FAQs pages.

In general, all students moving into residence halls will move in prior to the start of instruction so they can self-sequester for 7-10 days, a preventative measure where people deliberately restrict their movement to avoid contact with others. 

Students will be tested at the beginning and end of the sequester period. The campus will pay for this testing at no expense to residents, regardless of insurance. During the sequester period, students will be confined to their residential facility but of course will be able to leave their rooms to use the restroom and receive essential services. We will modify our meal services to reduce contact among students, details will be provided to residents.

There will be regular COVID-19 testing during the semester to identify asymptomatic residents and thereby reduce the size of outbreaks. Testing will be available for any student exhibiting symptoms or who has had close contact with a known positive case. We are also seeking to create small social bubbles in the residential halls so students have “household members” they can socialize with so they don’t become isolated.

Rates for 2020–21 Housing Contracts 

As of July 20, in response to developments in public health conditions and due to density restrictions aligned with public health guidelines, all residence hall rooms (double, triple, and quad) have been converted to single rooms, and rates for these converted rooms have changed accordingly. Converted rooms will retain the size and furniture of the double, triple, or quad room, but will house a single resident. New rates for the converted rooms are reflected on the Rates page.  

Spring Housing Options

Housing contracts are for the full academic year 2020–21, including both fall and spring semesters. Spring-only housing assignments will be offered on a limited, space-available basis. Availability for spring-only occupancy will depend on the public health situation and the number of students who decide to live in campus housing this fall. The Spring housing application deadline is October 22.

Students who declined fall housing can update their 2020-21 housing application term to "Spring Only" at portal.housing.berkeley.edu. Students who originally accepted housing for fall and then cancel will need to start a new application for 2020-21 at portal.housing.berkeley.edu after they receive confirmation that their cancellation has been processed. The application fee will be waived.

Cancellations and Relief

Unless ordered otherwise by the public health officials, we currently intend to keep the residential halls and apartments open as they are the primary residence for many students. 

Undergraduate students who have accepted a housing contract as of July 17 may submit a Contract Cancellation Request form online by July 26 to cancel the contract. Instructions on how to submit a cancellation request for the 2020–2021 academic year have been emailed to all students who held a housing contract as of July 17. These cancellation requests will be granted provided students submit the form by the July 26 deadline, and will not be subject to a cancellation fee.

Graduate students who have accepted a lease as of July 20 will have an opportunity to cancel their housing lease by July 31, 2020. Instructions on how to submit a cancellation request for the 2020–2021 academic year will be emailed to all students who held a lease as of July 20.

If you do not cancel your housing contract for 2020–2021 by the deadline in your email, you will remain financially responsible for your housing contract. Students may still submit cancellation requests after the deadline, but these requests will be subject to Cal Housing's standard cancellation policy.

Students who accept a housing contract agree to the following policies.

  • If you do choose to live in University housing, we will allow students the opportunity to cancel their housing contracts and be relieved of the financial obligations of their housing and applicable dining contracts and receive a prorated refund if the campus doesn’t resume in-person instruction during the 2020–2021 academic year, or begins in-person instruction but then later ends in-person instruction for an extended period of time (for example, in-person instruction is cancelled for more than 30 consecutive instructional days). 

  • If in-person instruction resumes in August or September, then we will not offer relief from contract obligations based upon the discontinuation of in-person instruction during the period between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. 

  • You will not be offered relief from your Spring housing contract obligations based upon periods that in-person instruction will not be offered, that are announced during the Fall semester.  

  • You will not be relieved of your contract obligations based upon your not being able to successfully register for any of the limited in-person instructional courses that will be offered.  

  • Contracts will otherwise run in full and only those cancellation requests that follow our standard process will be considered.

Residential Experience in 2020–21

The residential experience for students living in UC Berkeley campus housing for 2020–21 will look different than in past years, as we navigate a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust our plans based upon the latest guidance from public health officials. Your safety and well-being are of paramount importance. Our staff at Residential Life remain committed to offering programs, services, and opportunities to build community with your peers and with student residential hall staff; this engagement will occur online, subject to resumption of in person, on-campus activities if pandemic conditions improve.

Frequent cleaning of common and high traffic areas will be provided, but students living in campus housing can also expect the following safety measures (noting that plans are subject to re-evaluation and change):

  • Students moving into residence halls will move in prior to the start of instruction so they can self-sequester for seven to ten days, a preventative measure where people deliberately restrict their movement to avoid contact with others. Students will be tested at the beginning and end of the sequester period. The campus will pay for this testing at no expense to residents, regardless of insurance.

  • Only single occupancy residence hall rooms (no doubles, triples, or quads).

  • Required adherence to public health practices including hand hygiene, physical distancing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, symptom assessment, possible temperature checks.

  • Requirement to wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth whenever you are outside of your bedroom. You may be required to use a face covering while using communal bathrooms to the extent that wearing one does not interfere with your hygiene activities such as teeth brushing and showering. You will probably be required to wear a face covering in the hallways and common areas.

  • No access to buildings by non-residents, including outside guests, non-residential staff, and others.

  • Limits on how many residents can use community bathrooms at one time, with possible assigned times.

  • Restrictions on events and social activities as per current physical distancing guidance.

  • Possible limitations on face-to-face interactions with members of the Housing and Residence Life staff, as per public health guidelines.

  • On-campus dining will be offered “to go.” 

For fall, we have designated space in campus housing for any students who may be directed by University Health Services (UHS) to isolate or quarantine. This space is primarily at the Foothill complex and will consist of the La Loma and Hillside buildings. While Stern Hall is located across from these buildings, it is not part of the isolation/quarantine housing and will continue to operate as a normal residence hall. Stern is a free-standing facility and will not share any indoor common spaces such as lounges, studies, hallways, and building entries/exits with the Foothill buildings. There will be clearly marked exterior paths of travel for Stern residents and all students placed at Foothill for isolation/quarantine will be directed to remain inside their housing assignment for the duration of their stay. Meals will be delivered to those in isolation/quarantine spaces by campus staff.

Financial Aid and Housing

Financial aid residence hall budgets and aid offers will be increased to reflect the average room and board costs of the room types available this year, which have changed due to COVID-19. This average room and board cost will be an updated increased average and not the actual cost for you. You will receive a notification when your new actual budget and aid package is available in CalCentral. For more information on financial aid questions relating to housing, please visit the COVID-19 Support Updates page of the Financial Aid website.

FAQs

FAQs as of Aug. 7, 2020
When is Move-In and what will it look like this year?

Move In for campus housing will occur from August 20–23, but each building will have a specified move-in day. Your move-in day will depend on your housing assignment. Students will receive an email that prompts them to select a one-hour time slot to move in. A multiple day timeline allows us to reduce population density and diminish foot traffic for buildings during each time slot. Learn more on the Move-In and Move-In FAQs pages.

Do students in campus apartments have to get tested for COVID-19 and sequester?

No. Our apartments (note - different from our residential halls) are not sequestering or requiring testing, as they are different living arrangements from the residential halls, and are considered their own living “pods.”

After the sequestering period can students go off campus and have meals with families? Can they go home on the weekend or go back and forth between the residential halls and their family’s house?

County public health officials recommend that if people interact with anyone outside their immediate household, they should form fixed social bubbles to minimize contact with others. The officials recommend that people should maintain social bubbles for at least three weeks and that each person can belong to only one bubble at a time. Switching social bubbles would require periods of no contact to avoid the spread. For most students, this would not be realistic.

Can two people (that requested to be roommates request to be in the same social bubble?

We will do our best to keep mutually selected and assigned roommates in proximity to each other, but the bubbles will be pre-selected (though we are striving to have these social bubbles align with their Golden Bear Orientation groups).

Is any socialization outside of bubbles not allowed?

We do not support students interacting in-person with other people outside of their bubble. We will provide engagement opportunities with others who are.

Will students be tested and sequestered each time they go home/return back to the dorms?

We don’t have the testing capacity to do this on a regular basis, so traveling back and forth to see family, other than on designated holiday breaks, is strongly discouraged.

Once a cohort has completed its initial sequestration period, do you anticipate any relaxation of masking within the cohort?

When residents leave their room, we expect them to wear face coverings as they will be in a shared community space. We understand that residents are going to get close to each other when they pass in the halls or use the restrooms. Social bubbles will need to have honest conversations with each other at the beginning of the year to establish their expectations of each other, in addition to following public health and Residential Life staff guidance so they can make choices to help protect each other.

Are we restricted to interact only with our assigned social bubbles?

We do not support students interacting in-person with other people outside of their bubble. We will provide engagement opportunities with others who are outside of their bubble only online. 

UC Berkeley’s various student services continue to be available to students via remote options including virtual study jams, remote movie nights,  “Coffee & Career” video chats, online fitness and art classes, and student-led programs and activities to ensure that the term remains a very powerful and enriching one for our students.

Will each floor still have an RA? Will the RA organize any introductions or group activities, however small?

This year, each resident will be assigned a Hall Staff member. Hall Staff will begin the year with Community Chats and messaging to establish group connection, community norms, and safety information. 

The hall staff will continue to do “BearChats” or intentional conversations with every resident, modified to video check ins. Our focus is to help build the relationship and provide community connections to online Community Chats, bulletin boards, emails, and group text chats.

Will students be able to visit our friends in different buildings? Or different floors?

We do not support students interacting in-person with other people outside of their bubble. We will provide engagement opportunities with others who are outside of their bubble only online.

If I move on-campus in the fall and then decide that I feel unsafe, what is the process of cancelling my housing contract and what are the financial repercussions of that?

If you did not cancel your housing contract for 2020–2021 by the deadline (July 26), you will remain financially responsible for your housing contract.

Will the double rooms in campus apartments be converted to singles?

On-campus apartments will not change nor will family housing at University Village.

Do single rooms in a residential hall have a bathroom included?

No. Students will have access to a communal bathroom facility, which will be cleaned frequently.

How will communal bathrooms in residential halls be handled ? How will occupancy in communal bathrooms be regulated?

Students are required to use a face covering while using communal bathrooms to the extent that wearing one does not interfere with their hygiene activities such as teeth brushing and showering. Students will be required to wear a face covering in the hallways and common areas. We are managing bathroom use and capacity through the reduction of density of residents, and we are following California recommendations for higher education and our campus health experts regarding our communal bathrooms.

FAQs as of July 24, 2020
Who can live on campus for the fall semester?

Campus leaders have advised that if you can live and learn remotely, you should do so. Students who determine that university housing is the best option for their personal circumstances can opt to live on campus. Cal Housing will continue to operate and staff will be on site to assist residents. We still have space for fall, so if your original living arrangements have changed, you can still apply to live in campus housing.

I am in need of housing. Can I still apply for housing?

Cal Housing is still accepting housing applications for those in need of housing, on a rolling basis. Please apply at your earliest convenience and please email reshall@berkeley.edu for options.

What are the changes to graduate apartment and family housing options?

No occupancy changes; single undergraduate apartments, graduate housing, and the family complex at University Village remain the same for fall.

Will parents, family members, or friends be allowed to help with Move-In?

Yes, you will be able to have two people help you move in. With the need to reduce move-in density, having only two visitors per student will help keep foot and vehicle traffic moving each day. Please be prepared to be as efficient as possible so we can ensure other students are able to keep their later time slots on the same day.

Can I still get a meal plan if I choose to live on campus?

Absolutely! All residence hall contracts come with the “blue” plan and students in apartments or living in non-university housing can purchase an off-campus dining plan. At this time, all meal service will be to-go only, but we have several meal options to choose from at our dining locations. Please see the Cal Dining website for more information.

What kind of support will there be for students living in residence halls?

Professional Residential Life staff and resident assistants (RAs) will live and work on site in the residence halls. All staff will receive new training to be able to comply with public health mandates. Support will be provided remotely as much as possible. Residence hall staff will still respond onsite for community safety, for handling lockouts, and for emergency situations in cases where support cannot be offered remotely. They will also build community and engagement via online events.

What kind of engagement or social events will be available in the residence halls?

The Residential Life team is working hard to develop fun and innovative ways to build community and engagement through online events. In the spring 2020 semester, they delivered over 150 programs online, and have continued developing new offerings this summer. Residence hall staff will help residents build relationships with each other and provide community connections to online events, such as Community Chats, bulletin boards, emails, and group text chats. They will still host lots of community-centered programs such as treasure hunts, parades, patio decorating contests, courtyard singalongs, art projects, etc. Residence Hall staff will begin the year with Community Chats to establish group connection, community norms, and safety information. They will also conduct video conversations with every resident (“Bear Chats”). Students will also have the benefit of living amongst and in close proximity to our Resident Faculty. Our Theme Programs will also continue. Other engagement opportunities include participating in our residential leadership and government programs.

Will the common areas in university housing (lounges, study rooms, gyms, etc.) be open this fall?

All common spaces will be closed during the 7-10 day sequestering period when students first arrive. After the sequester period, we expect that some lounges and study areas will reopen with limits on the number of students who can use them at one time and with clear social distancing zones marked.

We are not certain if fitness centers or gyms will open this fall. Under current shelter-in-place mandates, Alameda County is not currently approved to open public gym or fitness centers.

Please keep in mind that whether common spaces open and remain open will depend on student compliance with regulations on how these spaces are used and public health/safety.

Now that the International House (I-House) has closed, what will happen to the students living there?

Cal Housing is happy to offer housing contracts to I-House residents, who were informed in July that the I-House would not be operating for the fall semester and potentially the rest of the academic year. I-House residents are encouraged to apply for housing at portal.housing.berkeley.edu.

What happens to my selected roommate now that residence halls have only single rooms? Can we at least be on the same floor/same building?

We understand this change may be disappointing and are working to keep mutually selected and assigned roommates in proximity to each other.

If I test positive for COVID-19, will I have to leave campus?

Students will not be required to leave campus simply for testing positive. Students who test positive will be required to adhere to public health guidelines. If you test positive, University Health Services will provide guidance about where you should reside and how long you should isolate yourself from others based on your unique circumstances. Students will be asked to comply with “contact tracing,” which means they will have to disclose who they have been in contact with over the last several days so that those people can also self-isolate. Students who test positive will be able to resume their activities once University Health Services confirmed they have recovered and are no longer infectious.

Why are double rooms allowed in apartments but not in residence halls?

The current Public Health Order allows for “social bubbles” of 10 to 12 people, with restrictions stating that people can only participate in one bubble for in-person interactions.  Students living in an apartment are part of a small social bubble, sharing their living room, bathroom, kitchen, etc. Residence halls are larger spaces with more residents.

Will I have to pay the GBO Housing Fee?

No. In previous years, new incoming students paid a fee for housing during Golden Bear Orientation. This year, GBO will be held online and students will not need to pay the fee.

I am now in a single occupancy residential hall room. Will I end up paying more because of this?

In general, students will be charged the same as if they occupied a double room. 

UC Berkeley has many configurations of rooms in the residential halls ranging from singles to quads with the majority being doubles (two people) and triples (three people). Because of COVID-19, all students in the residential halls will have single occupancy (they will get their own room). However, some of the rooms may be larger as they were designed to accommodate multiple people. To create a more equitable experience for students, we have modified our rates to benefit students. 

Students who are in the smallest standard rooms designed for just one person will actually be charged less than they would during a traditional school year; they will be charged $12,450, several thousand dollars less than what we would normally charge ($14,870) for housing, plus $5,300 for a required meal plan year. Students who are by themselves in standard rooms designed for two people (doubles) will be charged the same as if they had a roommate; they will be charged $12,865 for housing and $5,300 for a required meal plan year, the same they would if this was a traditional school year. Students who are by themselves in standard rooms designed for three people (triples) will be charged the same rate as students occupying a double room; they will also be charged $12,865 for housing and $5,300 for a required meal plan year. While this is more than what they would be charged if three people were occupying the space, they are also benefiting from more space and privacy.

I am now in a single occupancy mini-suite in the residential halls. Will I end up paying more because of this?

In general, students will be charged the same as if they occupied a double room in a mini-suite.

UC Berkeley has many configurations of mini-suites in the residential halls with doubles (two people sharing a bedroom) and triples (three people sharing a bedroom). Some triple mini-suites are smaller while others are larger. Because of COVID-19, all bedrooms in the residential halls will be single occupancy (each student in a mini-suite will get their own bedroom, and will share a bathroom with only the other student in the mini-suite). However, some of the spaces may be larger spaces as they were designed to accommodate multiple people. To create a more equitable experience for students, we have modified our rates to benefit students. 

Students who are by themselves in a mini-suite room designed for two people will pay the same as they would if they had a roommate during a traditional school year; they will be charged  $15,000 for housing and $5,300 for a required meal plan year. Students who are by themselves in smaller mini-suite rooms designed for three people (triples) will be charged the same rate as students occupying a double mini-suite room; they will be charged $15,000 for housing and $5,300 for a required meal plan year. While this is more than what they would pay if three people were occupying the space, they are also benefiting from more space and privacy. Students who are by themselves in larger mini-suite rooms designed for three people (triples) will be charged slightly more; they will be charged $15,550 for housing and $5,300 for a required meal plan year. As their triple mini-suite has more space than the smaller triple mini-suites, they will pay $550, or roughly $55 extra each installment, for this extra space.

What does this mean for my financial aid?

The estimated cost of attendance for residence halls and the corresponding financial aid packages will increase to reflect the average room and board costs based on the revised room rates.

If I’m in a triple and want to move to a double to save money, can I?

We attempt to match students to the residential halls they listed as their preference wherever possible. We have also tried to keep students who have mutually asked to live as roommates near each other. However, you can request a room change by contacting Cal Housing. Please remember that the room change process is not guaranteed for any student. We anticipate that the delay in the housing assignment process related to COVID-19 will impact the number of room changes we can offer.

FAQs as of July 20, 2020
What precautions will be taken to ensure common areas in apartments and residence halls are kept sanitized and clean?

Our outstanding and dedicated housing custodial team is dedicated to ensuring a high level of cleanliness and sanitation to reduce the risk of virus transmission. The University’s required health and safety measures include cleaning our spaces consistent with public health recommendations and OSHA guidelines for disinfection. In residence hall and university-owned apartment areas maintained by our custodial teams, we established more frequent cleaning of communal spaces and touch points many months back and will continue with this. During the academic year, our custodial teams do not service private spaces such as bedrooms. For private spaces, including students’ rooms and certain apartment common spaces, cleanliness and sanitation will remain the responsibility of residents.  

Regardless of these measures, students living in campus housing are expected to comply with personal safety measures, such as the requirement to wear a face covering outside of their own bedroom. Students are required to use a face covering while using communal bathrooms to the extent that wearing one does not interfere with their hygiene activities such as teeth brushing and showering. Students will be required to wear a face covering in the hallways and common areas.

How will students be placed into “social bubbles”?

The current Public Health Order allows for “social bubbles” of 10 to 12 people, with restrictions stating that people can only participate in one bubble for in-person interactions.  Students living on campus will be placed in cohorts of 10 to 12 students based on where they will be living

What is the status of offering housing priority for incoming freshmen and transfer students entering UC Berkeley in Fall 2020?

UC Berkeley typically offers housing priority to all incoming first-year freshman and transfer students. Due to reduced density in line with physical distancing guidelines, we cannot guarantee housing priority for new incoming students at this time but we are committed to supporting students if they want to live on or near campus.

In residence halls, we are currently planning prioritization for returning students who have accepted housing contracts, and those students with the most needs for living physically on-campus, such as (but not limited to):

  • Students for whom living in Cal Housing is their self-selected best option

  • Students who have already signed housing contracts

  • Students with documented disabilities/need for housing accommodations

  • Students with Estimated Financial Contribution at $0

  • Berkeley Hope Scholars, Fiat Lux Scholars, and Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholars

  • Cultural/identity/living-learning housing programs (African American, Asian Pacific American, Casa Magdalena Mora, Native American, Unity LGBTQIA+ House, Empowering Womxn in STEAM (WISE), Transfer Experience)

  • Student Athletes

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for me to pay my advance deposit. What should I do?

If you're unable to pay your advance deposit because of COVID-19, please email reshall@berkeley.edu to request an exception or reduced amount.

As a new student, can I update my application to be considered for a housing offer for spring if I do not plan to live on campus this fall?

Spring-only housing assignments will be offered on a limited, space-available basis. Availability for spring-only occupancy will depend on the public health situation and the number of students who decide to live in campus housing this fall. The spring housing application deadline is October 22.

If I cancel my campus housing contract for academic year 2020–21, will I be able to live on campus in Spring 2021?

Since housing contracts are for the full academic year, if you would like to reside on campus only in the spring, you will need to request to cancel your current housing contract and apply for spring. Please note: if you do cancel your current housing contract, there is no guarantee that you will receive a contract for the spring semester. Availability for spring housing will depend on the public health situation and the number of students who decide to live in campus housing this fall.

Freshmen and incoming transfer students who have already accepted housing contracts will have an opportunity to cancel without financial penalty by July 26. These students received an email on July 17 with details on how they can cancel their housing contract if desired.

If you do not cancel your housing contract for 2020–2021 by the deadline, you will remain financially responsible for your housing contract. Requests made after the deadline will be subject to Cal Housing's standard cancellation policy.

After your cancellation has been approved by the Housing Office, you’ll be able to submit a spring-only housing application. If you decide to apply for a spring-only contract, you'll receive an application fee waiver for your spring application. Students will be able to apply for Spring 2021 housing at portal.housing.berkeley.edu. The Spring housing application deadline is October 22.

How have theme programs been affected by changes to housing density?

Supporting living-learning communities remains a priority for housing in residence halls. Students who applied for a theme program learned of their admission to that theme program when housing offers were sent mid-July. Students admitted to a theme program will receive priority consideration for on campus housing, and the housing offer they receive corresponds to the theme program they are admitted to. As with all housing on campus in fall 2020, theme program occupancy will be limited to single occupancy rooms.

 

I'm an international student. Do I get priority for campus housing?

While prioritization is not based on where you currently live, there is prioritization for students—including international students—who have self-identified on campus housing as their best option. Please note that prioritization is not a guarantee.

 

Why aren’t all freshmen given priority in housing?

This Fall we will have limited capacity in our residence halls. We previously offered continuing students the opportunity to live in university housing, and many of them have already accepted. We intend to honor those pre-existing contracts. Many freshmen will meet the criteria for prioritization as well. We are working to provide housing for as many students as possible, including freshmen who wish to live with us.

What kind of testing will you be offering students moving into on-campus housing? How will the self-sequester for seven to ten days after campus arrival work?

All students moving into residence halls will move in prior to the start of instruction so they can self-sequester for seven to ten days, a preventative measure where people deliberately restrict their movement to avoid contact with others. Students will be tested at the beginning and end of the sequester period. The campus will pay for this testing at no expense to residents, regardless of insurance. During the sequester period, students will be confined to their residential facility, but of course will be able to leave their rooms to visit the restroom or receive essential services. We will stagger student arrival to residence halls and undergraduate apartments beginning on August 20 to avoid the typical high-density move-in experience. We will modify our meal services to reduce contact among students, details will be provided to residents. Students with symptoms or at risk for the virus can be tested by our University Health Services partners.

 

I hear you will be using the residence halls to quarantine students who contract with COVID-19. Is that true?

In the event a resident is required to isolate or quarantine, we will relocate the resident to a safe location. We have designated space at the La Loma and Hillside buildings in the Foothill complex that will not share any indoor common spaces such as lounges, studies, hallways, and building entries/exits with other residential buildings. All students placed at Foothill for isolation/quarantine will be directed to remain inside their housing assignment for the duration of their stay. There will be clearly marked exterior paths of travel for residents in Stern Hall, which is located across from these buildings.

Campus staff will deliver meals and other needed resources to anyone living in an isolation space. We will also work closely with University Health Services (UHS) and the Public Health Department to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

I have a housing contract but I have requested to change my housing/room type from one type to another. How is this process affected?

The transfer process is underway, and we have offered several room changes since April, as spaces became available. Please remember that the room change process is not guaranteed for any student. We anticipate that the delay in the housing assignment process related to COVID-19 will impact the number of room changes we can offer.

Will their be a change to the cost of my housing now that I am assigned a single-occupancy room?

The rates for academic year 2020–21 have been revised. New rates for the converted rooms are reflected on the Rates page

Will single rooms that are converted from doubles, triples, and quads still have the original furnishings?

Yes, converted rooms will retain the size and furniture of the double, triple, or quad room, but will house only one resident.

 

Will students have to vacate residence halls during Thanksgiving break?

No. To reduce COVID-19 exposure that could come about as a result of students traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, all in-person instruction (as well as final exams) will be delivered remotely after Thanksgiving. Unless closure is necessary for compliance with an order of a public health authority, campus residence halls will remain open during Thanksgiving, and through the end of the fall semester.  The residence halls will close for winter break, although campus apartments remain open and residents may stay during this time period.

Will the housing costs be prorated or refunded for periods when students are not permitted to live on campus due to public health guidance, and/or when classes are not offered?

In the event of cancellations: Unless ordered otherwise by the public health officials, we currently intend to keep the residential halls and apartments open as they are the primary residence for many students. 

  • If you do choose to live in University-owned or affiliated housing, we will allow students the opportunity to be relieved of the financial obligations of their housing and applicable dining contracts and receive a prorated refund if the campus doesn’t resume in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 academic year, or begins in-person instruction but then later ends in-person instruction for an extended period of time (for example, in-person instruction is cancelled for more than 30 consecutive instructional days). 

  • If in-person instruction resumes in August or September, then we will not offer relief from contract obligations based upon the discontinuation of in-person instruction during the period between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. 

  • You will not be offered relief from your Spring housing contract obligations based upon periods that in-person instruction will not be offered, that are announced during the Fall semester.  

  • You will not be relieved of your contract obligations based upon your not being able to successfully register for any of the limited in-person instructional courses that will be offered.  

  • Contracts will otherwise run in full and only those cancellation requests that follow our standard process will be considered.

Will students still be charged a cancellation fee?

Students in residence halls who have already accepted housing contracts will have an opportunity to cancel without financial penalty. These students have been sent an email with details on how they can cancel their housing contract by July 26, if desired. 
 
If your contract is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of your advance payment amount (i.e., if you paid the full $300 advance payment, you will receive a $300 refund). You will have this money credited back to your CalCentral account within two weeks of your cancellation approval. 
 
If you do not cancel your housing contract for 2020–2021 by the deadline, you will remain financially responsible for your housing contract.