Housing & Dining

Move-in date: Tuesday, July 21
Move-out date: Saturday, August 29


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On-campus housing is required for all First Year Edge students who are housed at one of UCSC’s ten beautiful colleges

While Edge students have the opportunity to connect with current UCSC students enrolled in Summer Session, separate housing is reserved especially for Edge students, their Peer Mentors, and Residence Assistants (RA). First Year Edge housing gives 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 RAs.


First Year Edge 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 combined into one plan/application. 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.

Apply for First Year Edge Housing & Dining

  • The Edge housing application opens May 15. Priority will be given to students who submit by May 29.
  • First Year Edge students submit the Summer Edge housing application (not Session 2) for dates July 21 to August 29 found on the Housing website
  • You and your mentors will live together in College Ten - this won’t affect your college affiliation or fall housing assignment.
  • 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. 

First Year Edge Move-in*

  • Edge students will move into their residence hall on Tuesday, July 21 (times TBA). 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 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 27. The first few days on campus include events and activities, including the meet & greet, residence halls meetings, campus tours, 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 21 (move-in day) and Saturday, August 29 (move-out day). To request a shuttle, email the following to firstyearedge@ucsc.edu no later than Monday, June 29:
    Forward airline-issued itinerary (not a screenshot, the whole email please)
    (2) Student’s cell phone number (not your parents)

If you are arriving before or after July 21 or departing before or after August 29 or miss the deadline to schedule a shuttle, you are responsible for your transportation to campus. We recommend the following providers: Santa Cruz Airport Flyer, Santa Cruz Airport Shuttles, Early Bird Airport Shuttle, and Echo’s Airport Express.

Transitional Housing

  • If you would like to remain living on campus between the time that First Year Edge housing ends on August 29 and when the fall quarter begins, you can apply for transitional housing. Information about transitional housing can be found on the Summer Housing web page.

Questions about Summer housing? 

If you have questions about contracts and billing, contact the Campus Housing Office at (831) 459-2394 or e-mail housing@ucsc.edu.

For other housing or residential life questions, contact the College Ten Housing Office at (831) 459-3767 or e-mail edgehousing@ucsc.edu.

*Please note: Airport pickup is not guaranteed for those who submit information after the June 29 deadline. SJC is around 45 minutes away from UCSC, and SFO is approximately 1.5-2 hours away from UCSC.