Housing and Dining

Transfer Academy students who apply for campus housing live at Porter
Move-in date: Tues. July 23. Move-out date: Sat. August 31


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On-campus housing is optional for Transfer Academy students, but strongly recommended! While Academy students have the opportunity to connect with current UCSC students enrolled in Summer Session, separate housing is reserved especially for Transfer Academy students, Transfer 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, and participate in on-campus events and activities organized by their Peer Mentors and RA.


  • Transfer Academy students are given access to open dining halls, coffee bars, cafes, and other eateries whether you live on or off campus.
  • If you live on-campus, 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 during the summer.
  • If you chose not to live on campus, you still have access to all open dining facilities on campus, you would just purchase meals with cash, rather than use 'Slug Points' that come with a dining plan. 

Apply for Summer Academy Housing & Dining

  • Once you have successfully completed all steps to register for the Summer Academy program, please see Summer Academy Housing page for more information about how to apply.
  • Transfer Academy students submit the Transfer Academy housing application.
  • Once you have been assigned to a room, you will receive an auto-generated confirmation email. (You may have already received a separate confirmation if your fall housing assignment has been made.) A few days after you receive your confirmation email, you will be able to view your room assignment and roommate(s) information in the student housing portal.  
  • Do not be alarmed if your application is "pending." Your Housing Coordinator is currently working on assignments. Each application is personally read and hand-matched. 

Summer Academy Move-in*

  • Transfer Academy students who choose to live on campus will move into Porter College on Tuesday, July 23 from 9 A.M - 1 PM. Parking will be in the Performing Arts Lot. You will receive an email from the housing office with directions and move-in details. 
  • If you cannot move in during the allotted times, you must contact the Summer Housing Coordinator at academyhousing@ucsc.edu to get approval for late arrival. We ask, however, that you make your best effort to arrive during the designated move-in times.
  • Move-in is followed by welcome activities before classes begin on Monday, July 29. The first few days on campus include events and activities such as the Summer Academy Meet & Greet, important residence halls meetings, hikes, campus tours, BBQ and bonfire at Seabright Beach and other fun times in and around Santa Cruz!
  • A free airport pickup is available from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Tuesday, July 23 (move-in day) and Saturday, August 31 (move-out day).To request a shuttle, email the following to summeracademy@ucsc.edu no later than Monday, July 1:
    (1) Forward airline-issued itinerary (not a screenshot, the whole email please)
    (2) Student’s cell phone number (not the parents)

Transitional Housing

  • If Academy students would like to remain living on campus between the program end on August 31 and when fall quarter begins, there is the option of applying for transitional housing. Info can be found on the Summer Academy Housing site.

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

*Please note: Airport pickup is not guaranteed for those who submit information after the July 1 deadline. SJC is around 45 minutes away from UCSC and SFO is around 1.5-2 hours away from UCSC.