Housing Crisis - University of California

I read about housing/dorm shortage at UCSD, UCSB and UCSC.
How bad is it?

  1. Is Freshman housing still guaranteed? Can a freshman get a single room? or only triple is available?

  2. What happens after freshman year?

  3. How about the other campus? UCI, UCR and UCD?


I’m not sure about UCR but I am somewhat aware of what is happening at the other two campuses.

UC Davis has housing for freshmen (mostly triples) and for sophomores in university owned apartments (West Village). I have not heard of freshmen or sophomores who wanted university owned housing that were not offered it.

UC Irvine has been less organized. They just notified freshmen of dorm assignments and move in dates two days ago. Many sophomores applied for housing in ACC but were told in July that it wasn’t likely so started looking for apartments in town. Apparently ACC is notifying students who already signed leases elsewhere that spots are now opening.


Saw this article today: Thousands of UC students struggle to find housing | EdSource

How stressful for these students. :slightly_frowning_face:


More news: UC San Diego enrollment could hit 50,000 within 10 years

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This article was posted on a previous thread about the housing issues at various UC’s:


What attracted my D21 to Cal Poly was the two-year housing guarantee now offered.

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@sushiritto Housing is also a big factor in my daughter’s college search and it’s so hard to watch how this is playing out for so many kids who already overcame the huge admissions hurdle to now struggle with just finding a place to live. So glad your daughter was able to get into a great school that happens to have great housing too!

Do you have a link for the previous thread where that article was posted? My forum search skills aren’t doing it.

I don’t think there’s any new news here, but here’s one of threads that I can recall recently.

Yep, housing is huge factor in making a CA public college decision, especially for 3rd and 4th years too. And often 5th years for those that can’t finish their degrees in 4 years.

I’ve mentioned it before, but my older daughter (D18) went OOS. CA public housing also being a factor in that decision as well. Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with any university housing issues for either kid.

I don’t know if this article has been posted, so I apologize if it’s redundant.

Housing struggles at the UC’s are a big reason my older son went out of state, as will our younger one, despite coming from a family where previous generations all graduated from UC’s. The cities most of the UC’s are located in are extremely expensive not only for off campus housing but other things too like food and gas. Apartments in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Diego are some of the most expensive in the country. Many landlords won’t rent to students as they have many other applicants. Gets better at the remotely located UC’s such as Davis and Merced but not sure about Riverside and Irvine since they are close to Los Angeles. I am always surprised at how many OOS students come to California and have not researched the cost of living once they must move off campus!

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There are many California students that similarly don’t research the true cost of living and transportation to and from out of state universities. Any city that is desirable to live and work in, anywhere in the country (NY, Chicago, Boston etc.) will have a high cost of living. We would not have been able to afford out of state tuition plus housing for a UC, but as California residents we found the UCs (after the Cal States) to be the best educational deal. My husband, who also is a UC graduate is the one having the hardest time dealing with what it costs now compared to what it cost when he was a student. As far as housing goes, so far so good but I don’t want to jinx it. I hope your kids are having a great out of state experience!

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Well, in our case, we did research.

D18 will graduate early, with two minors, saving us a bunch of tuition. And not a single worry about housing, registration, advising, crime, jobs, etc.

The housing stock is mostly newer and upscale, with AC, gyms and your own bedroom and bathroom. Like staying at the Marriott. And cheap compared to CA, as well, as food, utilities, transportation, etc. Not every fine university is located in NYC, Chicago, Boston, DC, etc.

The extra OOS money, for zero hassles was worth it for me. And you get B1G sports, not the dreadful Pac 12. A “critical” element for D18. :slight_smile:

As I mentioned above, D21 just started Cal Poly SLO, so no worries for two years. After that, then it’s time to worry. But at least it’s about $10,000-$15,000 cheaper than the UC’s. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Love CalPoly! Would have been very happy had my kid chosen it. The housing market in San Louis Obispo is pretty HOT, however. Any word on Humboldt becoming the third CalPoly? I love it up there but I fear it might be too far from “civilization” for people to consider it? One of my in-laws chose it because his parents would only pay for him to go in state and he had to get as far away from his parents as possible. He’s a marine biologist and Humboldt checked all of his boxes. Good luck to your kid starting soon!

Thanks. Everyone seems to love Cal Poly. Someone just PM’ed me here on CC within the past hour or so and telling me how great the school is.

All I can say from a parents perspective is the food in town is awesome, the setting is gorgeous and the town is cute and fun. Seriously, we’ve been down there checking things out several times and I haven’t had a bad meal yet. And they’re building a bunch of new buildings for classes.

Regarding, Humboldt, I know almost nothing about it other than what you mentioned. It’s being considered for a “Cal Poly” designation and it’s isolated with declining enrollment.

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