Apply for Housing in the Residence Halls

The application process for the residence halls varies based on if the applicant is a freshman, returning or continuing student, and whether the application is for fall quarter, for winter or spring quarter, or for summer session. Refer to the appropriate section below for specific application information.

Select the appropriate instructions from the options below to learn how to apply for housing in the residence halls.

"Freshmen Students" is defined as students who are entering UC Davis for the first time, and who attended high school in their previous year.

Application steps are summarized below. The deadline to complete the housing contract is included within the application and the email invitation and is usually within 1-2 days of the SIR deadline. The freshmen application process typically is open from mid-March through April.

Application Instructions

  • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and you will receive a housing email with instructions on how to access your application; it may take up to 24 hours after submitting the SIR before the Housing Application is available
  • Apply for housing in the residence halls via the myHousing Portal; applicants under the age of 18 must have their parents and/or guardians electronically sign the contract as a guarantor
  • Submit your signed contract and application; you will receive an email copy of your contract once submitted

Application Help

  • Refer to Room Choices when selecting residence hall preferences in the Housing Application
  • Input roommate requests if applicable, and/or select a Living-Learning Community (if desired)
  • Applicants who file their SIR after the campus deadline or submit their housing application after the application deadline will be offered housing based upon available space; contact Student Housing for questions or review our Housing Application Waitlist Process for more information

First Year Transfer students can email our office at to inquire about living in the residence halls.


Incoming freshmen who are admitted for winter or spring quarter are eligible to live in the residence halls, but because residence hall contracts extend the entire academic year (and subsequently the vacancy rate is low), applicants will be offered housing only as space becomes available.

Continuing Students

"Continuing Students" refers to all current UC Davis students who DID NOT LIVE with Student Housing in the year preceding the year they now wish to reside in on campus housing.

Typically, due to limited space, students who did not live in the residence halls in their previous year aren't eligible to live in the residence halls. However, continuing students may contact Student Housing to inquire about the possibility of space availability: though unlikely, availability can vary from year to year.

Please contact for your options.

"Returning Students" refers to all current UC Davis students who, as first-year freshmen, LIVED in the residence halls in the year preceding the year for which they would like to live with Student Housing for a second year, OR, as a first-year transfer student, LIVED in The Green in the year preceding the year for which they would like to live with Student Housing for a second year.

Returning residents from the 2023-24 academic year may be offered an opportunity to live in Student Housing for their second year depending on availability of space. Students will receive information about second year housing in fall quarter of their freshman year through their UC Davis email account. If offered, there will be a limited amount of time to apply for second year housing.

For more information about second year housing, please contact Student Housing at 530-752-2033 or email

The residence halls are managed during the summer by Conference Housing. Students who wish to apply for residence hall housing for either summer session should visit Conference Housing's Summer Session webpage for application information. Completed contracts must be submitted with full payment to Conference Housing by the application deadline.

Housing Application Waitlist Process

Refer to the Housing Application Waitlist Process webpage to learn how the housing application waitlist process works.

Cancel an Application

Read the Cancellation Process webpage to learn how to cancel a residence hall application.

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