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Living on campus helps you to make lifelong friends and become an active part of our growing campus. Student and full-time residential life staff live on campus providing the resources, programs and services essential to a safe and comfortable living environment. Someone is on call to assist 24 hours a day.
Housing is guaranteed for fall term to incoming freshmen and new transfer students who meet the contract submission deadlines. Second year guarantee is offered to those same freshmen who again meet their housing application deadline in their second consecutive year.
The Sierra Terraces was designed to accommodate first-year students in this interactive community. Students living here enjoy two bedrooms that share a private bathroom. The Summits, home to first-year and continuing students, was designed with several very large bedrooms sharing a bath.
Transfer and continuing students will be assigned to UC Merced’s first residential community, the Valley Terraces. Valley Terraces offers apartment-style suites located in nine, two-story buildings. Each suite has two or three bedrooms attached to a furnished living room. Bedrooms in all of our communities have a bed, desk, drawer and closet space for each resident. A limited number of singles also are available. Study, recreation, laundry, meeting rooms and mail facilities are located in both the Terrace Center and the Summits communities. All residence halls offer success workshops and events designed to build community with fellow residents and the campus at large.
A variety of living options are available for students to live together around a common interest. These programs include the Academic Excellence, Fiat Lux, and Gender Inclusive programs. In addition, certain populations of particular need may have the opportunity for extended or year-round stays. Find out more about your living options and how to apply at our housing website.
Room and board rates are posted on the website. All new, incoming freshmen students and transfer students are strongly encouraged to consider on-campus housing. Nothing compares to the convenience and experience of living on campus.
Dining at UC Merced
Residents can select from one of the three required meal plans that include the base Residential Dollars meal plan and CAT Dollars. Residential Dollars are used to enjoy meals at the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center and Cat Dollars may be used at any of our remote locations. The dining center offers a variety of healthy and satisfying cuisine options. If you are looking for a quick meal on the run, a light snack or a cup of coffee between classes, try the Lantern Café, located in the Kolligian library or The Summits Marketplace. All facilities are open to the public and commuter students are encouraged to purchase a commuter meal plan. Find out more about our dining options at the dining center website, dining.ucmerced.edu.
Off-Campus Housing Opportunities
A variety of off-campus housing options are highlighted on the UC Merced Housing and Residence Life Office’s website, where information about local apartment complexes in addition to an active property search database, och.ucmerced.edu, are available. The site includes valuable information that students should review before deciding to live off-campus. Please visit our website or contact the Housing and Residence Life Office for more information about living off campus.