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HDH: Fall Quarter 2021 Updates

Last updated: Oct. 7, 2021

In continued support of UC San Diego students, on-campus housing communities will remain open and operational for Fall Quarter 2021. 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.

UC San Diego’s Fall 2021 move-in and waitlist numbers are available online.

Undergraduate Housing Residents – Current and Incoming Students

All students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing must follow the Student Housing Safety Rules.

UC Vaccine Mandate

University of California’s SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy requires that all students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Full compliance with the policy for all campus students, faculty and staff is required by Sept. 6, 2021, two weeks before the start of the fall term. To meet the mandate, the campus needs to confirm that you are fully vaccinated, or have requested and been granted a medical, religious or disability exception or deferral. Individuals are encouraged to submit documentation and requests as soon as possible. Requests for exception or deferral must be received no later than Sept. 2, 2021. More information about the documentation process can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Screening and Testing

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students are required to complete the daily symptom screener and to take a SARS-CoV-2 test if they experience symptoms. Instructions for completing the daily symptom screener are available on the Student Screening and Testing webpage.

Sequestration

Unvaccinated undergraduate students who leave campus for unmasked indoor activity shall undergo COVID-19 testing upon return, as well as Days 5 and 10, and mask in the common areas of the residential unit until the Day 10 SARS-CoV-2 test is negative. Masking is not required in the bedroom or shower.

Regardless of vaccination status, all persons must wear a mask or face covering at all indoor locations at UC San Diego, except while eating and drinking. The campus recommends the use of N-95 and KN-95 masks.

A face covering/face mask DOES NOT include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, gaiter, turtleneck, collar, plastic face shield, or single layer of fabric.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks outdoors while on campus. Attendees at outdoor campus events must wear a face mask if required by the event organizer. Read the full masking policy online.

Residential programming will be offered to students during the move-in period.

HDH Dining Locations

Masks are required indoors. Students may remove their mask while actively consuming food or beverages. For the safety of the guest and the campus community, guests who are not yet fully vaccinated are asked to enjoy their meal outdoors.

Masking in University Housing

Phase 1

Phase 1 begins at the start of each quarter. During Phase 1, all students must wear face masks within their residential unit except for personal bedrooms or in the shower. In Phase 1, masks are required when inside residential buildings and outside of the student’s personal residential unit, for example halls, elevators, lobbies etc. Phase 1 will continue until Phase 2 is announced by the Housing Director.

Phase 2

Phase 2 begins when the Housing Director announces the end of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2. In Phase 2, students are not required to wear face masks when they are in their residential unit. In Phase 2, masks are still required when inside residential buildings and outside of the student’s personal residential unit, for example halls, elevators, lobbies etc.

COVID-19 Testing

All undergraduate students have access to free symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health.

Testing Requirements

All undergraduate residents, regardless of vaccination status, must take a UC San Diego-administered SARS-CoV-2 test on the day of arrival to campus, as well as on Days 5 and 10 after arrival.

Fully vaccinated students: Weekly testing required for the first four weeks of the quarter

Students who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) are required to test on a weekly basis for the first four weeks of the fall quarter.

On-campus students who are not fully vaccinated: Twice-weekly testing required

All undergraduate and graduate students living on campus or coming to campus or any UC location/property for educational, research, co-curricular, recreational or social activities who are not fully vaccinated are required to participate in free asymptomatic testing on a twice-weekly basis.

Exposure Guidelines

Regardless of vaccination status, should a student experience COVID-19 exposure, they will be required to test within 24 hours of notice and on Day 5. They will also need to complete the daily symptom screener and test with onset of symptoms. If the student does not have any symptoms for seven days and received a negative Day 5 test, they will no longer need to quarantine.

Fully vaccinated students:

  • Students will move to quarantine housing if they have a roommate. They are allowed to move around campus, use university transportation, and participate in campus activities during quarantine, as long as they stay masked at all times (including outdoor spaces and classrooms). The only exception is when they are eating, which should be done alone.
  • They cannot participate in club sports.
  • Division I student-athletes may participate if their daily antigen test is negative.

Unvaccinated students:

  • Students must move to quarantine housing. The only exception is for graduate students living with family members.
  • Students cannot participate in campus activities.
  • Division I athletes cannot train or compete during their quarantine period.

Fall Quarter 2021

Housing

Is on-campus housing open for Fall Quarter 2021?

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.

Will there be a priority system for the 2021-2022 academic year?

In order to receive priority consideration, students must meet the admissions and housing deadlines: https://hdh.ucsd.edu/housing/incoming/pages/ImportantDeadlines.html.

Housing will be offered using the following priority order:

  1. Scholars in programs that provide four years of housing guarantee or mandate living on campus as a condition of their offer.
  2. New incoming first-year and transfer students, and returning second-year students who remained in on-campus housing for the 2020-21 academic year.
  3. Remaining second-year students. (Lottery system used to set order of invitations.)
  4. Remaining third- and fourth-year students. (Historically, we are able to accommodate only a very small group.)

Assuming we are able to offer double occupancy this fall, we expect to house Groups 1 and 2 and some students from Group 3.

Is housing available for the 2021-2022 academic year?

As of July 2021, every undergraduate bed on-campus has been filled. HDH typically receives cancellations throughout the summer and Fall Quarter. As spaces become available, they will be offered to students on the housing waitlist. The issuing of waitlist contracts will be based on a variety of factors including housing priority status, the gender of roommates in the space available and the location of the vacancy.

Since we are not able to predict how many cancellations we will receive throughout the summer, we strongly encourage you to consider off-campus housing options. What follows are some resources to help you with your off-campus housing search:

  • The number one resource is the Off-Campus Housing website, a resource available only to UC San Diego affiliates with a single sign-on account. The site features current listings, house hunting tips and a roommate finder tool.
  • Students can also join the Facebook group for the Associated Students Office of Food and Housing Resources to connect with other students who need a roommate or who may have a room, apartment or house to rent. 
  • Another helpful housing guide can be found on the Office of Food & Housing Resources website.

If you have any questions about off-campus housing, please reach out to our off-campus housing team at offcampushousing@ucsd.edu.

How many students are assigned to a bedroom?

Residence hall (suite) and apartment assignments are at double occupancy. There are also a limited number of single occupancy bedrooms throughout our undergraduate communities. There will be no triple-occupancy housing.

What if students are required to vacate campus due to the pandemic?

If public health considerations cause the university to request students to vacate on-campus housing, students will not be responsible for the unused portion of their housing and dining contracts. Should this be necessary, we will work with students based on their personal circumstances.

Will residential students be assigned housing based on vaccination status?

Housing assignments are based on vaccination status. The scientific modeling demonstrates a higher risk of viral infections on campus if unvaccinated students are housed together.

Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status. Room moves based on a student’s roommate’s known or unknown vaccination status will not be considered.

What if my roommate is not vaccinated?

The science modeling has shown that there is a low risk of transmission if vaccinated and unvaccinated students are roomed together. Housing all unvaccinated students solely together would increase risk of infections.

Can I change rooms if my roommate/apartment mate is not vaccinated?

HDH will not consider any room assignment changes based on a resident’s known or perceived vaccination status. Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status.

What if I do not agree with the protocols/policies in place for move-in or roommate matching?

Prior to move in, if a student does not agree with the masking policy, visitation policy, roommate assignment, and/or other Return to Learn Policies, they have the ability to cancel their housing contract via the Housing Portal.

Will canceling my 2021-2022 housing contract impact my financial aid?

If a student cancels their 2020-2021 housing contract and receives financial aid, this could result in a reduction to the cost of attendance and a reduction to their financial aid. Notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of your new housing arrangements. If you are living off campus, you may need to submit a copy of your lease agreement. For more information please visit https://fas.ucsd.edu/.

Can I choose to cancel/terminate my Fall Quarter 2021 housing contract?

Prior to move-in, if you would like to cancel your Fall Quarter 2021 housing contract, please log in to the Housing Portal and submit a 2021-2022 Housing Cancellation request.

After move-in, if you would like to terminate your 2021-2022 housing contract, please log in to the Housing Portal and submit a 2021-2022 Housing Contract Termination Request. Upon approval, you will be provided with move-out instructions. You will continue to be billed for housing and dining until you complete the entire move-out process (which includes turning in your keys).

Can I have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Visitors, including students and residents from other units, are not allowed in the residential units. The only exception is childcare providers in graduate and family housing.

 

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

What happens if a student tests positive?

All students who reside in UC San Diego-provided student housing who receive a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result or a diagnosis of COVID-19 are required to move to and remain in isolation housing until released by Student Health Services. Students who live alone or only with family members may be permitted to isolate in their residence at the discretion of Student Health Services with the concurrence of the Director of Housing, Dining and Hospitality.

Will a student be charged for isolation housing?

Students will not be charged for isolation housing. Students will be charged for meals and market orders delivered to their isolation housing. 

How will a student be charged for their meals in isolation housing?

Meal charges will be applied to the student’s dining plan. Students without a dining plan will be billed through their housing account.

What is the cost of a meal?

Meals (hot, cold and microwaveable) will be delivered to isolation housing once a day, charged to the student’s dining meal plan or billed to their housing account. The cost for breakfast is $8, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner.

When will a student need to move to quarantine housing?

Unvaccinated students who are notified by San Diego public health officials or their designees, including the UC San Diego contact tracing teams, that they were exposed to an individual who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 are required to move to quarantine housing until released by Student Health Services.

Students quarantined because of exposure may only leave quarantine housing during the quarantine period with the permission of Student Health Services or to obtain their post-exposure COVID-19 test or other medical care and must continuously wear a face mask while doing so.

Vaccinated students who are notified by San Diego County public health officials or their designees, including the UC San Diego contact tracing teams, that they were exposed to an individual with COVID-19 are required to mask in their residential unit, except for their personal bedroom or while showering, for the period of time defined by the public health official.

Enhanced Precautionary Measures

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings outdoors unless they are attending large crowded events. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings during most outdoor activities when they cannot maintain six feet of distance from other people. As the virus spreads more easily indoors, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear face coverings indoors.

Public areas (lobbies, meeting rooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, restrooms, etc.) and high-touch areas (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.) will be disinfected daily and frequently. Indoor public 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 received 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.

Dining

Is indoor dining available?

Yes. Dining facilities and markets are open for indoor dining. Masks are required indoors. Students may remove their mask while actively consuming food or beverages. For the safety of the student and the campus community, students who are not yet fully vaccinated are asked to enjoy their meal outdoors.

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in dining locations?

Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed at the entrance and exits of all dining facilities and markets. All payments are cashless transactions and near-field communication card readers for reduced contact at point of sale for students and employees, along with mobile ordering options.

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 while service is conducted. Contractors will be expected to adhere to prevailing COVID-19 directives.

 

Graduate and Family Housing Residents

All students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing must follow the Student Housing Safety Rules.

UC Vaccine Mandate

University of California’s SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy requires that all students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Full compliance with the policy for all campus students, faculty and staff is required by Sept. 6, 2021, two weeks before the start of the fall term. To meet the mandate, the campus needs to confirm that you are fully vaccinated, or have requested and been granted a medical, religious or disability exception or deferral. Individuals are encouraged to submit documentation and requests as soon as possible. Requests for exception or deferral must be received no later than Sept. 2, 2021. More information about the documentation process can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Move-In and Testing

We are working diligently with campus health partners on the implementation of the Return to Learn program to provide you a successful move-in experience at UC San Diego. Part of the process includes signing up for and completing a free SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of your arrival on campus and again on days 5 and 10. The goal is to identify and isolate any asymptomatic individuals who could unintentionally spread the virus. If you share a living space with someone who is not a family member you should also mask inside your apartment except for personal bedroom and shower until a day 10 test is negative.

For students coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, they must log in to MyStudentChart using their AD credentials prior to arriving to campus. After their move-in COVID-19 test is completed, they can then use the self-administered vending machine testing kits distributed throughout the campus. Please go to https://covid19testing.ucsd.edu/asymptomatic/student and select a location and time to complete your test.

Family members residing in a graduate resident’s apartment may also get free testing. At this time, these need to be scheduled through the Health System COVID-19 testing line at 619.543.8260.

Students who will require transportation from the San Diego International Airport to campus can take advantage of Lyft's offer. Lyft is offering UC San Diego students 20% off two rides (up to $5 savings per ride), valid for the entire month of September. Type UCSDWELCOME under "Promos" in the Lyft app to apply the discount. Limited redemptions available. As part of the partnership, UC San Diego students can also unlock their first $15 free ride credit when they set up their business profile and associate it with their @ucsd.edu email address. For more details, please visit the Rideshare Programs, Benefits and Promotions page.

Screening and Testing

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students are required to complete the daily symptom screener and to take a SARS-CoV-2 test if they experience symptoms. Instructions for completing the daily symptom screener are available on the Student Screening and Testing webpage.

COVID-19 Testing

All graduate students have access to free symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health.

Testing Requirements
All graduate and professional students, regardless of vaccination status, must take a UC San Diego-administered SARS-CoV-2 test within 24-hours of arrival to campus, as well as on Days 5 and 10 after arrival.

Fully vaccinated students: Weekly testing required for the first four weeks of the quarter

Students who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) are required to test on a weekly basis for the first four weeks of the fall quarter.

On-campus students who are not fully vaccinated: Twice-weekly testing required

All undergraduate and graduate students living on campus or coming to campus or any UC location/property for educational, research, co-curricular, recreational or social activities who are not fully vaccinated are required to participate in free asymptomatic testing on a twice-weekly basis.

Exposure Guidelines

Regardless of vaccination status, should a student experience COVID-19 exposure, they will be required to test within 24 hours of notice and on Day 5. They will also need to complete the daily symptom screener and test with onset of symptoms. If the student does not have any symptoms for seven days and received a negative Day 5 test, they will no longer need to quarantine.

Fully vaccinated students:

  • Students will move to quarantine housing if they have a roommate. They are allowed to move around campus, use university transportation, and participate in campus activities during quarantine, as long as they stay masked at all times (including outdoor spaces and classrooms). The only exception is when they are eating, which should be done alone.

Unvaccinated students:

  • Students must move to quarantine housing. The only exception is for graduate students living with family members.
  • Students cannot participate in campus activities.

Sequestration
Unvaccinated graduate students living with other students who are not members of the graduate student’s family who leave campus for unmasked indoor activity shall undergo COVID-19 testing upon return, as well as Days 5 and 10, and mask in the common areas of the residential unit until the Day 10 SARS-CoV-2 test is negative. Masking is not required in the bedroom or shower.

Fall Quarter 2021

Housing

Is housing open for Fall Quarter 2021?

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.

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.

Will residential students be assigned housing based on vaccination status?

Housing assignments will not be based on vaccination status. The scientific modeling demonstrates a higher risk of viral infections on campus if unvaccinated students are housed together.

Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status. Room moves based on a student’s roommate’s known or unknown vaccination status will not be considered.

What if my roommate is not vaccinated?

The science modeling has shown that there is a low risk of transmission if vaccinated and unvaccinated students are roomed together. Housing all unvaccinated students solely together would increase risk of infections.

Can I change rooms if my roommate/apartment mate is not vaccinated?

HDH will not consider any room assignment changes based on a resident’s known or perceived vaccination status. Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status.

What if I do not agree with the protocols/policies in place for move-in or roommate matching?

Prior to move in, if a student does not agree with the masking policy, visitation policy, roommate assignment, and/or other Return to Learn Policies, they have the ability to cancel their housing contract.

Can I have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Visitors, including students and residents from other units, are not allowed in the residential units. The only exception is childcare providers in graduate and family housing.

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 while service is conducted. Contractors will be expected to adhere to prevailing COVID-19 directives.

 

Isolation Housing

What happens if a student tests positive?

All students who reside in UC San Diego-provided student housing who receive a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result or a diagnosis of COVID-19 are required to move to and remain in isolation housing until released by Student Health Services. Students who live alone or only with family members may be permitted to isolate in their residence at the discretion of Student Health Services with the concurrence of the Director of Housing, Dining and Hospitality. Graduate students will need to arrange with a local grocery store for deliveries.

Will a student be charged for isolation housing?
Students will not be charged for isolation housing. Students will be charged for meals and market orders delivered to their isolation housing.

How will I be charged for my meals?

Students will be billed through their housing account.

What is the cost of a meal?

Meals (hot, cold and microwaveable) will be delivered to isolation housing once a day, charged to the student’s dining meal plan or billed to their housing account. The cost for breakfast is $8, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner.

Enhanced Precautionary Measures

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings outdoors unless they are attending large crowded events. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings during most outdoor activities when they cannot maintain six feet of distance from other people. As the virus spreads more easily indoors, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear face coverings indoors. Students will be required to wear a face covering outside of their bedroom if the apartment is shared with other students.

Public areas (lobbies, meeting rooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, restrooms, etc.) and high-touch areas (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.) will be disinfected daily and frequently. Indoor public areas 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 received 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.

Amenities

What amenities are open in Graduate and Family Housing?

HDH reopened all community amenities (including barbecue areas, fire pits, outdoor lounge areas, ping-pong tables and the climbing wall, fitness centers, pools, community rooms and study lounges).  Masks are required and no food or drink is allowed in any of these areas.

The Nuevo East Exchange building has also opened! There are multiple study spaces, community lounge areas and reservable conference rooms. The Exchange is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.