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HDH: Spring and Summer 2022 Updates

Last updated: April 6, 2022

In continued support of UC San Diego students, on-campus housing communities will remain open and operational for Spring Quarter and Summer Session 2022. 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 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 virusincluding a booster shot by Jan. 31 (or within two weeks of becoming eligible for a booster) More information about the documentation process can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Screening and Testing

  • Students who are not vaccinated or are not up-to-date on their vaccination status must continue to test two times per week, between three and five days apart. Routine asymptomatic testing for students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination status is not required but remains available to those who would like to test.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should test immediately. All undergraduate students have access to free COVID-19 testing through Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health, including tests in vending machines distributed across campus.
  • Individuals should also test if they are residing or working in buildings with positive wastewater signals. See “Potential Exposure Locations” on the Return to Learn dashboard for the latest information.
  • UC San Diego requires everyone residing in or coming to a UC San Diego location for any reason to complete a daily symptom self-screening for COVID-19.

Masks and Face Coverings on Campus

Masking is now optional, and visitation restrictions have been lifted in on-campus housing. Masking in common areas in all other non-clinical campus buildings remains optional as well, but masking will remain required in all indoor classroom/instructional settings, clinical areas and on public and Triton/university transportation until further notice.

HDH Dining Locations

Indoor dining has resumed at all HDH dining facilities. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available.

 

Exposure Guidelines

Please visit the UC San Diego Return to Learn website for up-to-date information on exposure guidelines.

Spring Quarter 2022

HOUSING

When will the spring quarter waitlist open to students?

The spring quarter waitlist is now open. Students will be offered space based on availability. To apply for the spring quarter waitlist, please visit the Undergraduate Waitlist page.

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.

Are residential students assigned housing based on vaccination status?

Housing assignments are not 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.

Can I choose to cancel/terminate my Spring Quarter 2022 housing contract?

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). As a reminder, the first two weeks of each quarter is not prorated, so approved contract terminations are financially responsible for all housing and dining charges during that time.

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 basicneeds@ucsd.edu or 858.246.2632.

Summer Session 2022

Is on-campus housing open for Summer Session 2022?

Yes. We will remain open and operational for Summer Session. Students selecting to live on campus for summer will be assigned to double and single occupancy bedrooms based on availability. Summer housing will be located at Seventh College.

What housing options are available for Summer Session 2022?

We have four programs available this summer:

  • acceleRATE Summer Program: Available to students who are currently living on campus with us, and who will be enrolled in Summer Session courses at UC San Diego.
  • Traditional Summer Program: Available to students not currently housed on campus, visitors, incoming first-years, and incoming transfer students who are enrolled in Summer Session courses at UC San Diego.
  • Summer Success Program: Available to students accepted into Summer Bridge, Summer Engineering Institute and PATHS.
  • Short-Term Transition Housing: Available to students who may need flexible housing accommodations this summer and meet the eligibility criteria specified here: https://hdhughousing.ucsd.edu/living-on-campus/summer/short-term.html.

Information regarding how to apply, rates and program dates are available here: https://hdhughousing.ucsd.edu/living-on-campus/summer/index.html.

Is Dining open for Summer Session 2022?

Yes. There will be limited options open this summer. Check for information here: https://hdh-web.ucsd.edu/dining/apps/diningservices/

Will there be programming for students selecting to live on campus for Summer Session 2022?

Yes. The Residence Life host for summer housing will have limited programming available for acceleRATE, traditional summer students and those participating in Summer Success programs based on campus and CDC guidelines. Information will be shared with those residents as events become available.

General

Housing

Is housing available for the 2021-2022 academic year?

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, 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.

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 have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Visitation restrictions in on-campus housing have been lifted.

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?

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

 

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.

 

 

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. 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 a SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of your arrival on campus and again on Day 5, as well as daily symptom monitoring. 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 your personal bedroom and shower) until seven days after returning to campus and a Day 5 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.

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, including tests in vending machines distributed across campus.

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 and again on Day 5.

Exposure Guidelines

Please visit the UC San Diego Return to Learn website for up-to-date information on exposure guidelines.

Spring Quarter 2022

Housing

Is housing open for Spring Quarter 2022?

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?

Visitation restrictions in on-campus housing have been lifted.

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?

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 is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week. There are multiple study spaces, community lounge areas and reservable conference rooms.