The lower campus is home to the majority of the residence halls on campus including The Summits, Valley Terraces and Sierra Terraces. Our newest residence halls (Granite Pass, Glacier Point, Sentinel Rock and El Portal) stand within Academic Walk and in the heart of the Merced 2020 Project.
Other hotspots within lower campus include the Early Childhood Educational Center, Visitor Center, the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center and the Joseph E. Gallo Recreation & Wellness Center.
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Cathedral, Tenaya and Half Dome Halls are all part of The Summits community.
Tenaya Hall and Cathedral Hall are four-story buildings that opened in Fall 2010. The buildings frame UC Merced's first housing courtyard and include study rooms, tutorial rooms and a convenience store.
Located to the north of Cathedral and Tenaya Halls, Half Dome acts as a front door to Ranchers Road and provides unobstructed views of Lake Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. The 364-bed residence hall stands five stories tall and includes study rooms, lounge spaces, computer terminals, laundry and a kitchen.
The Valley Terraces, made up of nine magnificent two-story apartment-style suites and home to continuing students, opened in the Fall 2005 with living space for about 600 students. Each suite includes a common living room, two or three double-occupancy bedrooms and shared restrooms for four to six students. ble occupancy bedrooms and shared restrooms for four to six students.
The Sierra Terraces, which include Mariposa and Tuolumne, were among the first residence halls built on campus. They were designed to promote interaction among residents, making this an ideal community for first-year students.