Whether you’re a first year student living on campus or a transfer student in off-campus housing, you will be surrounded by a diverse group of students like you who share similar interests and goals. We are a close-knit community where you'll always be surrounded by friendly faces.


  • The On-Campus Housing FAQ has answers for everything you need to know about living at UC Merced. For everything else, visit housing.ucmerced.edu.
  • There are virtual tours of most of our residence halls, if you'd like to get a peek at where you'll be living. Two new housing facilities will be open when you arrive in the fall, so check back later to see if virtual tours have been added!
  • Move-in weekend isn't until August, but if you're doing your shopping early, take a look at our list of what will be in your room, what you should bring and what you should definitely leave at home.

Apply for Housing


To apply for housing, fill out the housing preference form/application at housing.ucmerced.edu/apply by the deadline. UC Merced requires ALL incoming first year students to live on campus for two academic years, unless they qualify for a residency exemption waiver. For a complete list of residency exemptions, visit housing.ucmerced.edu/housing-requirement.

Important Fall Housing Dates

March 11: Housing preference form/application opens


June 1: First year housing preference form deadline


June 1: First year residency exemption request deadline


June 5: Transfer housing application deadline


Aug. 22 & 24: Move-in days for academic year; times will be assigned

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