UC IRVINE ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Student Affairs

Sec. 501: UCI Housing Services Guidelines

Responsible Office: Student Housing
Revised:
August 2004

Contact: Housing Office at (949) 824-7247

Student Housing is responsible for the management and operation of all on-campus housing for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the day-to-day operation and maintenance of seven on-campus communities, Student Housing provides housing information (via web site, brochures and flyers), conducts housing tours, processes applications and contracts, maintains wait-lists, and manages accounts receivable.

One year of on-campus housing is guaranteed to all incoming freshmen and transfer students who are single, under the age of 25, and who meet all SIR, housing application, and contract deadlines. Housing rates and complete housing information are available online from Student Housing, and can also be obtained by contacting the Housing Office at (949) 824-7247. Rates are subject to change. Information and housing applications can be requested from housing@uci.edu. All housing applications require a $20 nonrefundable processing fee.

A. Residence Halls

UCI's two residence hall communities, Mesa Court and Middle Earth, house approximately 3,300 undergraduates, mostly incoming freshmen between the ages of 17 and 20. Both communities are within walking distance from the center of campus. All residence hall contracts include a meal plan, and students choose either 10, 14 or 19 meals per week.

Each residence hall houses 52 to 72 students in suites of 8 to 12 residents. Both single gender and coed suites are available. Most rooms are double-occupancy and all are single gender. A limited number of single and triple-occupancy rooms are available. All rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, and closets. Each room is equipped with cable TV access and ethernet connections to the campus computer network, allowing access to email and the Internet. Each hall has its own living room, study room, kitchen, and coin-operated laundry facilities for shared use by hall residents. All halls sponsor social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities, and some halls offer special interest programs in the arts, health and fitness, and cultural diversity.

B. Campus Village Apartments

Campus Village houses approximately 800 continuing students in two-bedroom, one-bath apartments, each shared by four students. Most apartments are furnished, and most are contracted for a 12-month period, beginning in June. All apartments include a gas range, refrigerator, carpeting, and window coverings, and all bedrooms provide cable TV access and ethernet connections to the campus computer network, allowing access to email and the Internet. Utility costs (except telephone) are included in the rental rate. Community facilities in Campus Village include study rooms, a computer lab, fitness center, and community center, with games and a big-screen television.

C. Arroyo Vista Theme Houses

The Arroyo Vista community is home to approximately 750 transfer and continuing students housed in 35 academic theme and sorority and fraternity chapter houses. Each house accommodates 16, 24, or 32 students and features large common living and dining rooms and a fully-functional kitchen. Residents prepare their own meals but may opt to eat in dining commons in the residence halls if they purchase a meal plan. Each room is equipped with cable TV access and ethernet connections to the campus computer network, allowing access to email and the Internet. Theme houses are sponsored by a variety of academic departments and programs. The Arroyo Vista Community Center houses a computer lab, recreation room and meeting rooms.

Arroyo Vista offers academic year housing contracts, although summer housing in Arroyo Vista may be contracted separately for students attending summer school or staying on campus for other reasons ( see I. Summer Housing).

D. Verano Place Apartments

Verano Place is a community of 862 apartments providing year-round housing for graduate students, medical students, families, and undergraduates aged 25 years or older. One, two and three-bedroom unfurnished apartments are available. All apartments include a stove, refrigerator, carpeting, and window coverings. Each bedroom has cable TV access and ethernet connections to the campus computer network, allowing access to email and the Internet. Utility costs (except telephone) are included in the rental rate. All rentals are month-to-month and require a 45-day notice of departure.

Verano Place has two community centers, a Cyber Café, coin-operated laundry facilities, a community garden, and recreational areas for both adults and children.

E. Palo Verde Apartments

Palo Verde is a year-round community of 204 apartments, occupied by graduate students, medical students, and families. Studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments are available. Palo Verde has a limited number of garages available. Each bedroom has cable TV access and ethernet connections to the campus computer network, allowing access to email and the Internet. All other utilities are not included in the monthly rent. All rentals are month-to-month and require a 45-day notice of departure.

Palo Verde has a community clubhouse complete with kitchen, fireplace, big-screen television, DVD player, and digital satellite service. Coin-operated laundry facilities, a community garden, and outdoor recreational facilities for adults and children are also available.

F. Irvine Student Housing Incorporated (ISHI)

ISHI Co-op is comprised of 10 two-bedroom, one-bathroom Verano Place apartments that accommodate four students each. ISHI offers economic benefits of lower rent and a unique sense of camaraderie among its residents. In addition to paying rent to the University, ISHI residents pay dues and contribute time each week to help run the co-op. Applications may be requested by emailing: ishimanager@yahoo.com.

G. Las Lomas Apartments

Las Lomas Apartments offers housing to UCI faculty and staff. Some apartments are furnished and are reserved for visiting faculty. Apartments range in size from 970 - 1200 square feet with two and three-bedroom models. Applications are available from a Faculty Housing Advisor at 824-6254.

H. Guest Facilities (Short-term Visitor Housing)

Ten guest facilities are located in the University Hills Gabrielino Apartments housing development. The apartments are either studios or one-bedroom, accommodate one or two persons, and are completely furnished, including linens and utensils.

Twelve guest facilities are located in the Las Lomas Apartments complex. The two-bedroom apartments accommodate one to four people and are completely furnished, including linens and utensils.

Guest facilities are available to visiting faculty, academic staff, and University visitors for periods ranging from one week to one year. Reservations can be made with a Faculty Housing Advisor at 824-6254.

I. Summer Housing

Students who wish to live on campus for the summer have two options: Arroyo Vista Summer Session Housing contracts and the Campus Village Apartments Summer Sublet Program. These two communities offer a variety of affordable summer housing options are available, including housing for one or two Summer Sessions, and sublets that can extend for part or all of the summer break. For brief summer visits to campus, Hotel UCI offers daily rates for furnished apartments in Campus Village.

Arroyo Vista summer contracts and the Campus Village apartments are generally available around the first of May, though occupancy does not begin until late June. In both communities, space is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Summer Housing web site or call (949) 824-7247.

J. Services for Students Seeking Off-Campus Housing

The Housing Office in 209 Administration offers a number of services to assist students looking for off-campus housing. Student housing advisors provide helpful direction on how to best use the available listings and rental guides. The Housing Office maintains both computerized listings of housing options available in the community and a list of students looking for others to share a room or apartment.

The computerized off-campus housing listing service can be accessed through terminals outside the Housing Office, 209 Administration Building. Note: You must present a student ID card, a letter of acceptance to UCI, or a valid UCI Alumni Association card in order to use the listing. Printed computerized housing listings can be purchased for $15.

The Living Around UCI guide provides a directory of nearby apartment communities, current rental rates, lists of local merchants and services, guidelines for signing a lease and living with roommates, and managing on a budget. It is produced by Student Housing and distributed through the Housing Office in 209 Administration.

For more information visit the Off-Campus Housing web site or call the Housing Office at (949) 824-7247.