Housing & Dining

  • Students may begin applying for Summer Academy housing starting May 10. Priority will be given to students who submit their housing application by May 31.
  • First Year Academy move-in and move-out dates: Sunday, July 23 & Saturday, September 2.


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On-campus housing is required for all First-Year and International Academy students. Summer Session and Summer Academy students are housed at one of UCSC’s ten beautiful colleges. For Summer 2017, students will live in Porter college, home to the iconic Porter Squiggle!

While Academy students have the opportunity to connect with current UCSC students enrolled in Summer Session, separate housing is reserved especially for Academy students, their Peer Mentors, and Residence Assistants (RA). Summer Academy housing gives Academy students the opportunity to dorm together, get to know one another, experience residential life at UCSC, and participate in on-campus events and activities organized by their Peer Mentors and RA.

Apply for Summer Academy Housing

Once you have successfully completed all steps to register for the Summer Academy program please see UCSC’s Summer Academy Housing page for more information about Summer Academy housing and dining and how to apply. First Year Academy students submit the Frosh and International Academy housing application.

Summer Academy Move-in

  • First Year Academy students will move into Porter College on Sunday, July 23 followed by a week of Summer Academy orientation and welcome activities before classes begin on Monday, July 31. This first week on campus includes events and activities such as the Summer Academy Meet & Greet, important residence halls meetings, Frosh Orientation, hikes, scavenger hunts, campus tours, BBQ and bonfire at Seabright Beach and other fun times in and around Santa Cruz!
  • Please plan to arrive between 9am-3pm on move-in day. If you plan to arrive outside of the move-in time frame, please contact the Summer Housing Coordinator at summerhousing@ucsc.edu to make arrangements. The Porter College housing office will be contacting Academy students with more details on move-in procedures. 
  • Airport pickup is available on move-in day from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Please note that SJC is about 45 minutes away from UCSC, and SFO is about 1.5-2 hours away from UCSC. Submit your flight itinerary to summeracademy@ucsc.edu by Monday, July 3 and include the following:
    • Name
    • Phone number
    • Airline
    • Flight number
    • Date of arrival
    • Time of Arrival  
    • Airport you will be flying into


salad in dining hallAcademy students are given access to open dining halls, coffee bars, cafes, and other eateries on-campus for the duration of the program.

  • Housing and dining are a combined plan/application and students are allocated a balance of ‘Slug Points’ which can be used at any campus dining hall, or PERK Coffee Bar with their student ID card. Please see the UCSC dining page for more information on dining options during the summer.
Questions about Summer Academy housing? Contact summerhousing@ucsc.edu.