Housing & Dining

First Year Academy students will be housed at Porter College
Move-in date: Sunday, July 22. Move-out date: Saturday, September 1


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On-campus housing is required for First Year and International Academy students. All Summer Academy students are housed at one of UCSC’s ten beautiful collegesWhile Academy students have the opportunity to connect with current UCSC students enrolled in Summer Session, separate housing is reserved especially for International students, their International Academy 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, build a community of International students before the fall, and explore Santa Cruz with new friends from around the world! International Academy students will also be able to participate in on-campus events and activities organized by their Peer Mentors and RA.


Academy 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 a student ID Card.
  • Please see the UCSC dining page for more information on dining options.

Apply for Summer Academy Housing & Dining

  • 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 how to apply.
  • International Academy students submit the Frosh and International Academy housing application.

Summer Academy Move-in*

  • First Year and International Academy students will move into their residence hall on Sunday, July 22 followed by a week of Summer Academy orientation and welcome activities before classes begin on Monday, July 30. 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!
  • Airport pickup is available from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on move-in day only. To request a pickup on Sunday, July 22, email the following to summeracademy@ucsc.edu no later than Monday, July 2:
    (1) Airline-issued itinerary or screenshot
    (2) Phone number you can be reached at

Transitional Housing

  • If Academy students would like to remain living on campus between the time that Summer Academy housing ends on September 1 and when fall quarter begins, there is the option of applying for transitional housing. Information about transitional housing can be found on the Summer Academy Housing web page.

Questions about Summer Academy housing? Contact housing@ucsc.edu.

*Please note: Airport pickup is not guaranteed for those who submit information after the July 2 deadline. SJC is around 45 minutes away from UCSC and SFO is around 1.5-2 hours away from UCSC.