Students with Housing Guarantee

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Instructions for Students with Housing Guarantee

UC Santa Cruz offers a housing guarantee to students who fall into any the following categories. A housing guarantee ensures a space in university housing. If you are studying abroad and have a housing guarantee, you CAN get it reinstated by following the steps below. For any additional questions about this process, please email UCSC Housing at

Housing guarantees and the timelines associated with each guarantee
Housing Guarantees New First-Year Students New Transfers
Standard Housing Guarantee 2 years 1 year
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): New EOP freshmen who enter UCSC fall 2017 or later receive a 3-year guarantee; EOP freshmen who entered prior to fall 2017 are eligible for a 4-year guarantee. 3 years 2 years
International Students: Undergraduate, non-immigrant international students attending UCSC on a visa and enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UCSC.  4 years 2 years
K.S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program n/a 2 years
Military Veterans 4 years 2 years
Regents Scholars 4 years 2 years
Renaissance Scholars 4 years 2 years

Steps to Reinstate Housing Guarantee

  1. If you are going abroad for one term or more, you must first cancel your housing contract for the term(s) you are abroad. For example, if you are in housing for fall quarter, will be attending a study abroad program during winter quarter, and returning to UCSC housing in the spring, you would cancel your housing contract effective the end of fall quarter.
  2. Apply for housing for the term you would be returning from abroad.
  3. Submit a written appeal to the Associate Director (AD) at your college to request reinstatement of the previous housing guarantee.

You MUST first have a housing guarantee in order to reinstate it.

Submitting a Written Appeal to your College Associate Director

The reinstatement appeal is a straightforward process as long as you provide an explanation for requesting the appeal (i.e., participation in a study abroad program). See below for an example:


Student ID Number

I am writing to request reinstatement of my housing guarantee. I am participating in ___ Program for ___ quarter, and plan to return to UCSC housing for ___ quarter.