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Housing Contract Process

New Incoming Students 2024-25

Welcome and Congratulations on becoming a Triton of UC San Diego! We know it took a lot of hard work and dedication on your part and your supporters to get you to this point!

UC San Diego offers a two-year housing guarantee for incoming students (first-years and transfers). Where you choose to live is important to both your college experience and your long-term academic success. While we hope that you choose to live on campus with us, living on campus is optional and is not mandatory. 

Step 1: Housing Application 

New incoming students both first-years and transfer students will be invited to complete a housing Application once they have accepted their offer of admission via the Undergraduate Admissions Application Portal. The invite is sent to your ucsd.edu email. Students and their supporters should bookmark the site: Important Dates for critical deadlines and details related to the housing process. 

Please note, that students who miss a housing deadline, opt to not live on campus their admit year, cancel or terminate their 2024-25 contract forfeit their housing guarantee

All deadlines and requirements will be strictly enforced and can not be appealed.

Step 2: Housing Contract & Housing Prepayment 

If you successfully submitted your housing application by the deadline, you are eligible for the next stage, completing your housing contract and submitting your $450 prepayment.  Once the contract process opens (check Important Dates for deadlines) you will access the process by logging into the Housing Portal with your User ID/PID and password (same login as the Enrollment Checklist).  You will be asked to complete the following:

  • Complete your Personal History Form (roommate matching information).
  • Sign your housing contract and make $450 prepayment.
  • Select billing installment plan and dining plan.
  • Indicate your gendered housing preference.
  • Optional:  apply for a Living Learning Community or select interest in Gender Inclusive Housing.
  • Select a facility type preference (limited by area) and/or select a room type preference (preferences are not guaranteed).
  • Create and manage roommate request groups (optional).

While we do encourage you to do this process sooner than later, there is no priority given to those who complete the process early.

Logging into the Housing Portal

We expect there to be quite a bit of web activity on the first day, so you may experience some system delays.  If so, please try again later.

We highly advise against completing the process between the hours of 12:00AM PST – 7:00AM PST. The campus runs production/technical jobs during this time frame which may cause an update delay. Please try to complete the process outside of these hours.

 Housing Contract Process 

The Housing Contract process consists of completing a Personal History Form, electronically signing the housing contract, and submitting the $450 housing prepayment.

  • Fill out your Personal History Form (includes updating your address and emergency contact). Answer all required questions honestly. If you need to change your personal history form for any reason, you can do so throughout the process until the deadline date. Simply log back into the Housing Portal.

  • Select a Housing Installment Payment Plan: You will have three options available to you (Quarterly, Monthly, or Pay In Full). If you are a student who will be receiving financial aid funds (grants, loans, scholarships), please select the QUARTERLY payment plan option.  This ensures your housing charges will post at the same time that your financial aid will disburse.  If you would like to review the various payment plan options and due dates, please visit our Rates and Services page.

  • Electronically sign the Housing Contract. Please carefully review the Housing Contract and Cancellation Policy, paying particular attention to Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 18 of the housing contract. We suggest you print out a copy of the Housing Contract for your records. 

    The appendices referred to in the body of the Housing Contract include such items as the UC San Diego Housing Cancellation Policy, the Cost and Payment Schedule, and the Housing Calendar. A sample copy of the Housing Contract and Appendices are available by visiting our HDH website. We strongly suggest that you view, bookmark the pages and/or print copies of these documents for easy access.

    If you are under 18 years of age, we will need an additional parent/legal guardian signature on the Housing Contract. Your parent must be present when you electronically sign the Housing Contract. You will be prompted to send a confirmation code to your parent/legal guardian's email address, which will then need to be entered into the contract within 10 minutes to serve as the co-signer signature. 

  • Make a $450 prepayment. Decide whether you would like to pay via e-check (using your U.S. Bank account and routing number) or credit card (VISA, M/C, AMEX, Discover).

    If you choose to “Pay by E-Check,” be sure to complete the entire process. You should receive a confirmation email from QuikPay Online Services with a confirmation number, to the email address provided during the E-Check process. If you do not receive a confirmation of payment via email, you did not complete the process. Please double check to ensure you completed this step. Please contact your bank to verify that the routing and account number you are using is correct for making e-check payments. It may take one day for the university to receive the funds and for this step to be marked as complete on your housing contract checklist, but can take 3-7 days to be withdrawn from your account. Do not use the numbers on your debit/credit card as the account number.

    If you choose to "Pay by Credit Card," you will be charged a 2.85% Service Fee for processing your payment. This means that the Service Fee amount is calculated based on 2.85% of your total payment amount. The 2.85% Service Fee is added to your payment and will appear as a separate item on your credit or debit card statement. The Service Fee is not a fee assessed by your institution. The Service Fee is not refundable, even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited or charged back. By using this service you agree to pay the service fee. You should receive a confirmation email from QuikPay Online Services with a confirmation number, to the email address provided during the Credit Card process. If you do not receive a confirmation of payment via email, you did not complete the process. Please double check to ensure you completed this step. 

    If you have any questions or need any assistance from our office, please email us at housingcontracts@ucsd.edu (be sure to include your full name and PID) or give us a call at 858.534.4010.