Campus Housing @ UCR: The New Frontier!



UCR Housing: Open For Fall 2020!


Updated: July 23, 2020

While the default instructional mode for Fall Quarter has been announced as “remote only,” UCR Housing and UCR Residential Life are here to provide you the on-campus social experience that you have earned and deserve!

Details about the specific “look” of Fall campus living will be shaped this summer as we identify ways to provide you a special on-campus college experience while adhering to public health guidance.

Please bookmark this page and check back often. We will keep it updated with the latest updates, and what you can expect from your UCR living experience this fall. Rest assured, we WILL be offering the "living on campus" experience.
Spring is behind us. Let's make fall special. We can’t wait to welcome you "home.".

Frequently Asked Questions:


GENERAL HOUSING INFORMATION for All Prospective Residents:

RESIDENCE HALL HOUSING for Incoming Freshman & Transfer Students:

CAMPUS APARTMENT HOUSING for Transfer, Graduate & Continuing Students:


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GENERAL HOUSING INFORMATION for All Prospective Residents:


What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Students will be required to wear a facial covering outside of their apartment, room, hall or suite. Common spaces (lobbies, study rooms, etc.) will be marked with physical distancing aids that are at least 6 feet apart to avoid congestion. Building access will be restricted to residents only. 

Occupancy in our highest density housing, the Residence Halls, will be reduced. 

Public areas (lobbies, meeting rooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, restrooms, fitness rooms, music rooms, etc.) and high-touch areas (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.) will be disinfected frequently. All residential common areas and dining facilities will use a cleaning system that pairs an electrostatic sprayer with disinfectants and sanitizers. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at various entry points, dining facilities, study and other public areas. All buildings with forced air heating and/or cooling will receive filter upgrades to help decrease the risk of airborne infection transmission by limiting the distribution of aerosols and the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the air.  

Dedicated quarantine and isolation spaces and basic need services will be available if residents are exposed to or symptomatic of the COVID-19 virus.  

A more fully detailed safety operations plan is currently going through final campus review and we will share it on this page when it is approved.


What safety precautions and actions did Housing take this past Spring in response to COVID-19?

Student resident safety and welfare have been our highest priority since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel fortunate to have been highly successful in our efforts to date.  

Once campus closed and instruction transitioned to a remote format, we encouraged students to return to their permanent residences to “shelter in place” in a more controllable environment. Housing fees were refunded, based on their departure dates.  

For those residents who remained on campus, we instituted a number of changes designed to protect their health and safety, as well as the essential staff providing them services:

  • Communal dining areas were closed, and food service transitioned to a take-out only format. 
  • Residents were relocated into one Residence Hall community, and given single-occupancy rooms, allowing them to live in an environment that is safer, less secluded, and closer to such campus resources as their Resident Services Office and dining venues. 
  • Facility amenities that naturally promote large gatherings and/or that could not be appropriately sanitized for continual, safe use —such as lounges, pool areas, playgrounds and computer labs — were temporarily closed. 
  • Public areas are cleaned daily by UCR’s Facilities Services team using CDC-approved cleaners. 
  • In partnership with the UCR Department of Environmental Health & Safety, we established appropriate housing spaces for residents who may get ill and need to be temporarily quarantined.

In addition, we actively reinforce guidelines and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of California, and the Riverside County Public Health Office including, but not limited to: 

  • Requiring the wearing of face coverings in public. (Reusable face coverings have been made available at our Resident Services Offices.) 
  • Maintaining a six-foot “social distance” from others
  • Discouraging social gatherings and restricting guests 
  • Promoting frequent hand sanitizing
  • Encouraging frequent cleaning of “high touch” areas
  • Encouraging health self-assessments and recommending various physical and mental health resources 

Spring Quarter Activity Fees were refunded for students who have remained in campus housing. 


Is on-campus housing open for Fall 2020?

Yes. At this time, on-campus housing communities and dining facilities are planned to remain open with enhanced precautionary measures in place to help protect the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.


Is campus housing guaranteed for Fall, 2020?

Unfortunately, no. It is clear that campus housing will need to be offered at a lower density than usual in order to ensure that we have a smart and safe return to campus while still in the shadow of the pandemic. Therefore, we are unable to offer a housing guarantee for the 2020-21 academic year.

However, we ARE still accepting applications and contracts for all styles of campus housing, with the full intent of offering the same meaningful and integral part of the college experience that living on campus has always provided.

Since Fall instruction will be in a remote and hybrid format, if you wish to cancel your contract, we will refund prepaid housing fees without penalty if your contract was submitted prior to the Fall instructional format announcement on June 16.

If you have a submitted and paid contract and campus housing must be limited in such a way that we are unable to offer you a housing space, rest assured that all pre-paid housing fees will be refunded in full.


Will Family Housing continue to be open for Summer, 2020, and the 2020-21 academic year?

Yes. Family Housing at Oban Apartments has never closed during the COVID-19 crisis and we have no plans to close it in the future. Some amenities, such as the Community Center, the pool/pool deck, and the playground have had to be temporarily closed to deter social gathering and because of sanitation concerns.

Students with families can submit an application for Family Housing here. The waiting period for Family Housing assignments consistently exceeds one year.


How will living on-campus still be the “college experience” it once was prior to COVID-19?

Every cohort of college students has their own unique “college experience” that is shaped by the issues of their times. There can be no doubt that COVID-19 is a part of you college experience, however, living on-campus will provide you the opportunity to have an experience that will be different than if you stayed at home. First, living on campus gives you the opportunity to live independently but with a safety net. Second, you will be able to focus on your studies and homework without other obligations and distractions. Lastly, you will be in a place where you can develop relationships, explore ideas, and grow with other college students who are having the same “college experience” as you, whether that is in person or virtual!


What kinds of opportunities will residents have to socialize while living on-campus?

While wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines, you will still have the opportunity to engage with other residents in person in meaningful ways. These will include discussing the news of the day (which right now there is A LOT to discuss), talking about classes, and learning more about each other. Most of our facilities and the campus in general provide a beautiful backdrop for people to take socially distanced walks, play catch, and lay in the sun! Building meaningful and lifelong friendships is truly one of the greatest benefits of living on campus. While you may be distanced - you will not be alone.


What activities and/or social events will be available even with social distancing in mind?

We will be following all State and Local health orders as we plan for social events. While the State currently (as of July 17) is largely closed we are planning most of our events to occur virtually using platforms such as DISCORD, Zoom, and Instagram. As we reopen, we will move to have more of our events with in-person components until we are able to be fully in-person once again. In these virtual spaces we can have gaming events, movie viewings and discussions, mini-lectures, and lively conversations. We can also lead seminars where you can follow along remotely to create your own planner, vision board, or map out your best year yet. So you can see that you are not likely to have the same experience at home, even if many were to remain virtual!


What will Residential Life look like in the Fall?

Residential Life is committed to providing nearly all of the services in the same ways we always have. We have staff members on site who can be reached for assistance 24/7. We work hard to provide engaging and safe activities for students to develop socially and academically - even if that occurs in a virtual environment. And as always, we will still be reaching out to offer support, mentorship, and food for thought. Sure, we may not be knocking on your door to get in touch, but you can expect to get phone calls, texts, or app notifications directly from your dedicated staff member. Our goal is be as visible as possible to help you have the best college experience you can have despite the pandemic we are all living through. You and your experience are our priority!


Will dining facilities and markets be open for Fall Quarter?

Yes. Dining facilities and markets are expected to be open. Seating options in dining facilities will be based on Riverside County public health orders. Entry into facilities will be controlled to limit crowds and facilitate social distancing. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be placed at the entrance of all dining facilities and markets. Physical distancing aids will be placed at food platform queue lines and facility entry points to avoid congestion. All payments will move to cashless transactions for reduced contact at point of sale for students and employees.


Will mobile ordering be available for Fall Quarter?

We are developing a mobile ordering application for Fall. If successful, students may be able to utilize Dining Services’ mobile ordering platform to place their orders in advance to help limit crowds and wait time.


Can I still submit a service request for maintenance and/or IT assistance?

Yes. Maintenance and IT personnel will continue to respond to all requests with the added precaution of using PPE and maintaining physical distance (at least 6 feet) while service is conducted. Contractors will be expected to adhere to prevailing COVID-19 directives.


Is there enough bandwidth for me to take my classes from my room?

Yes. Residential networks, both hard wired and Wi-Fi will allow residents to access classes remotely from their rooms.


Is there off-campus housing available near to UCR?

Yes. We remind students that off-campus housing, including private apartments and houses, is not owned or managed by the University. Because the University cannot influence the actions of private apartment and housing landlords, it is critical that you understand all details of any contract or lease you sign, including the cancellation policy. We advise that, if you want to consider living off-campus in Riverside, you plan to have your own bedroom and you make a concerted effort not to socialize in person with anyone outside of your “household” (i.e. the people sharing your apartment).


Will students be tested as part of move-in?

In general, no student should plan to arrive on campus until they are symptom-free for at least 72 hours. On campus, our goal is to identify and isolate any symptomatic individuals who could spread the COVID-19 virus. Testing and self-monitoring protocol is being refined at this time. We expect guidelines to be available in August.


What happens if a student tests positive to COVID-19?

In the event that a student living in campus housing tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during the academic year, they will first be encouraged to promptly return to their permanent residence. If this is not possible or not recommended, they will be relocated to designated on-campus “isolation” housing, where all basic needs will be met and medical guidance will be provided by Student Health Services.


What other resources are available to me?

Any student who is experiencing challenges related to their basic needs — access to nutritious food, stable housing and financial wellness resources — should email or visit the UCR Basic Needs website at


Is on-campus housing open for Summer Session?

No. However, a limited number of Summer housing spaces can be made available for students in exceptional situations. Please contact the Housing Services Administration office for more information at (951)827-6350 or

Students should consider living on campus during Summer Session ONLY if they satisfy at least one of the following conditions: those who are without access to stable housing; who come from housing/food insecure households; who are unable to travel home; who are from areas highly impacted by COVID-19 or regions at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak; who are unable to relocate without high risk to their safety; and those who would be relocating to homes that lack infrastructure to accommodate virtual instruction.

Students who are remaining on campus for summer are reminded of the importance of physical distancing, adhering to the “no guest” housing policy, and the proper wearing of face coverings to further ensure the health and well-being of our community.


Will there be dining facilities open for Summer Session?

Yes. The all-new Barn dining facility will be open during Summer Session. Consult the Barn website for current hours of operation and food offerings.

RESIDENCE HALL HOUSING for Incoming Freshman & Transfer Students:

How many students will be assigned to a bedroom?

In order to decrease community density and create a safe space for students, the majority of Residence Hall rooms will be offered at Single occupancy. Our suite-style rooms at Pentland Hills will be offered at Double occupancy. There will be no Triple occupancy rooms offered this year in the Residence Halls.

Double- and Triple-occupancy rooms that have been converted to Single-occupancy rooms will retain the size and furniture of the Double- or Triple-occupancy room, but will house only one resident.

Adjusted rates will be available by July 31 on the Housing website.


Will housing guarantees be accommodated?

Lower density campus housing will be required to help protect the health and well-being of students. Therefore, housing guarantees, in general, cannot be accommodated. Housing assignments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis according to contract submission dates.

Returning residents who have previously completed Fall 2020 room selection will continue to be accommodated. However, your specific room selection cannot be guaranteed.


When can students submit a Residence Hall housing contract?

Our Residence Halls are open to New Freshman, New Transfers and Continuing UCR students, as well as returning residents. Contracts have been available since March 1, and continue to be available.


When is room selection for the Residence Halls?

For students with a Residence Hall Contract, the roommate and room selection processes open July 17. All students who have submitted a 2020-21 Residence Hall Contract will be kept updated regarding these processes by email. An up-to-date roommate and room self-selection schedule is posted at


When will first-year students receive their housing assignment?

All students with a Residence Hall Contract have the opportunity to self-select their rooms and roommates beginning July 17. Students who do not self-select a room and/or roommate will be assigned both by trained Housing Services staff. No room or roommate selections can be guaranteed. Final room and roommate assignments will be confirmed during the first week of September.


What is the move-in process like for Fall Quarter?

Move-In plans are still evolving. However, you can expect that move-in may be expanded over three (3) to five (5) days in order to allow for social distancing. During the move-in period, dining would likely follow a to-go model.

Students will be able to sign up for their move-in time beginning September 8. Students may be asked to limit their interactions within their residential hall or suite during the move-in period prior to the start of instruction, generally referred to as “sequestering.”

More information about the move-in process will be forthcoming in August.


Will canceling my 2020-21 contract impact my financial aid?

If a student cancels their 2020-2021 housing contract and is on financial aid, this could result in a reduction to the cost of attendance and a likely reduction to their financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid web page for more information.


Can I cancel my Fall 2020 Residence Hall housing contract and come for Winter and Spring only?

The Residence Hall Contract is for the entire 2020-21 academic year---Fall, Winter & Spring quarters. If you would like to cancel your residency for Fall 2020, you will want to log in to the MyHousing portal and submit a 2020-2021 Residence Hall Contract Cancellation request to cancel your entire 2020-21 contract. Fees and penalties may apply. Consult your Residence Hall Contract for more information.

If you want to move into the Residence Halls for Winter and/or Spring quarter, you will be able to submit a new 2020-21 Residence Hall Contract in November for the Winter and Spring quarters, or in March for Spring Quarter only.


Will Dundee Residence Hall be open for Fall 2020 as advertised?

Yes. Final preparations for the opening of our brand-new seven-story Dundee Residence Hall — and the Glasgow Residential Restaurant — have continued uninterrupted. Both are scheduled to be ready for full operations at the start of the Fall Quarter.

If for any reason we are unable to offer you a space at Dundee or any other of our Residence Halls, you can rest assured that all pre-paid housing fees will be refunded without penalty.

Additionally, if you elect not to live on campus because Fall instruction will be offered in a remote and hybrid format, we will cancel your contract and refund all pre-paid housing fees without penalty if your contract was submitted prior to the Fall instructional format announcement on June 16.

Submit a Residence Hall Contract today at


What if I don’t move on campus this Fall Quarter, but want to live on campus starting Winter Quarter 2021?

If you have already submitted a 2020-21 Residence Hall Contract, you will need to first submit a Contract Cancellation for this contract on the MyHousing portal. Fees and penalties may apply. Consult your 2020-21 Residence Hall Contract for more information.

You can submit a 2020-21 Residence Hall Contract for the Winter and Spring quarters when the contract re-opens in November. Because we are unsure how many spaces may be available for Winter Quarter 2021, Winter Quarter housing cannot be guaranteed.

CAMPUS APARTMENT HOUSING for Transfer, Graduate & Continuing Students:

Will the UCR Campus Apartments be open for Fall, 2020?

YES. Transfer students, Graduate students and Continuing UCR students are all eligible to submit applications for the UCR Campus Apartments, which include Bannockburn Village, The Plaza, Falkirk, Glen Mor, International Village and Stonehaven. As in any year, the Campus Apartments are assigned from a first-come, first-served waiting list, and we expect these communities to be fully booked for 2020-21. Occupancy levels for apartments and bedrooms in apartments will not be adjusted and will continue to be determined by student application preferences.


Can I cancel my Fall 2020 Campus Apartment housing contract and come for Winter and Spring only?

The UCR Campus Apartment Contract is for the entire 2020-21 academic year---Fall, Winter & Spring quarters. If you would like to cancel your residency for Fall 2020, you will want to log in to the MyHousing portal and submit a 2020-2021 Campus Apartment Contract Cancellation request to cancel your entire 2020-21 contract. Your pre-paid housing fees will be refunded without penalty if your cancellation is submitted within 14 days of the Fall instructional format announcement on June 16. Otherwise, fees and penalties may apply. Consult your UCR Campus Apartment contract for more information.

If you want to move into the Campus Apartments for Winter and/or Spring quarter, once you have cancelled your current contract, you will be able to submit a new UCR Campus Apartment application at your requested Winter 2021 or Spring 2021 move-in preference.


I renewed my 2019-20 Campus Apartment contract for this coming year. Is it still going to be honored?

Yes. The status of renewed Campus Apartment contracts (or requested relocations) for 2020-21 at Bannockburn Village, The Plaza, Falkirk, Glen Mor, International Village and Stonehaven are not affected by current campus conditions.

That said, if you wish to cancel your contract, your housing fees will be prorated upon your departure without penalty if your cancellation request is submitted within 14 days of the Fall instructional format announcement.


I lived in the Residence Halls last year and submitted a Campus Apartment application for the coming 2020-21 year. When will I find out if I have secured an apartment space?

We continue to email Campus Apartment contract offers to Residence Hall residents daily, based on application submission dates. (You are welcome to contact us to check your status, but that shouldn’t be necessary.) Keep an eye on your UCR student email as contract offers expire after a limited time.

Remember, you can update your apartment preferences at at any time without affecting your place on the waiting list.