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HDH: COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: July 14, 2020

In continued support of UC San Diego students, on-campus housing communities will remain open and operational for Summer Session and fall quarter. Students can expect to see changes, including enhanced precautionary measures, to protect their health and well-being.  If public health considerations cause the university to request students to vacate on-campus housing, students will not be charged for the unused portion of their housing and dining contracts.

Undergraduate Housing Residents – Current and Incoming Fall 2020 Students

Fall Quarter 2020

Housing and Move-In

Is on-campus housing open for Fall 2020?

Yes. On-campus housing communities and dining facilities will remain open with enhanced precautionary measures to help protect the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.

How many students will there be to a bedroom?

Students will be placed in double and limited single-occupancy bedrooms.

Will housing guarantees be accommodated?

Students who are eligible for a two-year housing guarantee and completed the housing application by the deadline will be offered a housing contract for the 2020-21 academic year.

When will incoming students receive a housing contract offer?

Incoming students have been offered their housing contracts. They will receive their room assignments in August.

When is room selection for continuing students?

For continuing students with a housing contract, room selection will be held in July.

When will first-year students receive their housing assignment?

First-year students will receive their room assignment in August.

Will students be tested as part of move-in?

Yes. All students who reside on campus will be expected to participate in daily symptom screening and will be offered free SARS-CoV-2 testing as part of the move-in process. Our goal is to identify and isolate any asymptomatic individuals who could unintentionally spread the virus.

What happens if a student tests positive?

In the event a student living in on-campus housing tests positive at any time during the academic year, they will be moved to designated on-campus isolation housing, where basic needs will be met and food will be delivered to the unit. They will also receive care from Student Health and Well-being Services.

What is the move-in process like for fall quarter?

Move-in will begin on Saturday, Sept. 19 and will be staggered over 10 days in order to allow for social distancing. During the move-in period, all dining will follow a to-go model only. Students will be able to sign up for their move-in time mid-August. Students will be asked to limit their interactions within their residential college during the move-in period until testing is completed for the entire community.

Will canceling my 2020-2021 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 COVID-19 and Impact on Financial Aid and Scholarships page for more information.

Can I choose to cancel my Fall 2020 housing contract?

If you would like to cancel your Fall 2020 housing contract, please log in to the Housing Portal and submit a 2020-2021 Housing Cancellation request.

International Travelers

I am returning from an international location. What do I need to do?

If a student is coming to campus from an international location, CDC guidelines recommend a 14-day quarantine period. As of July 1, San Diego County Public Health Order is requiring a 14-day quarantine period for travel from Level 2 or 3 international locations.

Can I complete my quarantine period in on-campus housing?

Students with a housing contract can complete the quarantine period in specially designated on-campus housing with no additional housing fees. Students will be charged for meals that will be delivered to the housing unit during quarantine. Students should indicate their needs for quarantine housing and any dietary needs on their Housing Portal starting in mid-July and will need to arrive on campus between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3.

What are my options if I cannot arrive by Sept. 3?

If students arrive after Sept. 3, options will be available with local hotels at pre-negotiated rates. Students would be responsible for these costs. Students can also complete their 14-day quarantine at home or off campus with family and friends.

What is provided in quarantine housing?

Students in quarantine are assigned to fully furnished apartments, with linens and toilet paper. Wi-Fi and cable are included.

Where will I live when I finish my quarantine on campus before traditional fall housing move-in begins?

You may remain in quarantine housing, without charge, until you move to your permanent fall assignment on Sept. 18.

Enhanced Precautionary Measures

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Students will be required to wear a mask outside of their apartment or suite. Common spaces (lobbies, mailrooms, 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.

Public areas (lobbies, meeting rooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, restrooms, 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 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.


Will dining facilities and markets be open for fall quarter?

Yes. Dining facilities and markets will be open. Seating options in dining facilities will be based on San Diego County public health orders. Entry into facilities will be controlled to limit crowds and facilitate social distancing. Hand sanitizer 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 and near-field communication card readers for reduced contact at point of sale for students and employees.

Will mobile ordering be available for fall quarter?

Yes. Students will be able to utilize Dining Services’ robust mobile ordering platform, Triton2Go, to place their orders in advance to help limit crowds and wait time.

Maintenance and IT Services

Can I still submit a Fix-It 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 are being upgraded this summer to ensure Wi-Fi connectivity that will allow residents to access classes remotely from their rooms. Devices will need to be wireless in residential areas.

Winter Quarter 2021

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

If you currently hold a 2020-2021 housing contract but do not intend to live on campus for Fall Quarter 2020, you will need to cancel that contract by visiting the Housing Portal and filling out a 2020-2021 Housing Cancellation Request. If you would like to live on campus starting Winter Quarter 2021, you can apply for the Winter Quarter 2021 housing waitlist when the application opens up in November. We are unsure how many spaces, if any, will be available for Winter Quarter 2021. Students who have a guarantee remaining will receive priority.

How do I apply for housing for Winter Quarter 2021?

The Winter Quarter 2021 housing waitlist typically opens up in early November. We recommend regularly checking our Housing Waitlist page to stay updated.

What 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 contact or 858.246.2632.

Summer Session 2020

Is on-campus housing open for Summer Session?

Yes. 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 to further ensure the health and well-being of our community.

Which dining facilities are open for Summer Session?

The dining facility and market location at Revelle College will remain open during Summer Session.

  • Roger’s Market
    Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 64 Degrees
    Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Graduate and Family Housing Residents

When will Graduate and Family Housing contracts be offered?

Graduate and Family Housing contracts are issued year-round, including during summer months. Contract issuance in these communities will continue in this manner.

I am returning from an international location. What do I need to do?

If a student is coming to campus from an international location, CDC guidelines recommend a 14-day quarantine period. As of July 1, San Diego County Public Health Order is requiring a 14-day quarantine period for travel from Level 2 or 3 international locations. Graduate students can quarantine in their apartment if living by themselves or with members of the same household, and will need to arrange with a local grocery store for deliveries.

Students sharing a space with non-household members will be placed in quarantine housing and would follow the same process as undergraduate students.

What happens if a student tests positive?

In the event a student tests positive any time during the academic year, they will be moved to a designated on-campus isolation housing for 14 days where all of their basic needs will be met, and food will be delivered to the unit. They will also receive care from Student Health and Well-being Services.

My rental term is expiring soon. Can I request a temporary extension?

Students whose rental terms are expiring in the next few weeks may submit an appeal request for a temporary extension, granted on a case-by-case basis.

When will amenities reopen in Graduate and Family Housing?

HDH has been able to reopen outdoor seating areas (fire pits, loungers, etc.) and barbecue grill areas with appropriate social distancing guidelines. We do not have a projected reopening date for fitness centers, community pools or playground areas. Openings will be based on being able to meet guidelines provided by San Diego County. Reopening of additional amenities is under regular evaluation.