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HDH: Summer Session and Fall Quarter 2021 Updates

Last updated: July 7, 2021

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

Undergraduate Housing Residents – Current and Incoming Students

Screening and Testing

All undergraduate students living in campus-operated housing (HDH) must conduct daily symptom and exposure screening. They are also required to participate in free asymptomatic testing once a week. More information is available on the Return to Learn website.

Sequestration Following Unmasked Off-Campus Activity
Any student who resides in campus-operated housing and who engages in any off-campus unmasked activity (sharing a meal, recreational activities, gatherings, etc.) is required to sequester for 14 days within their residential unit upon returning to campus. Sequestration requires the individual not only to be masked and distanced within the residential unit (with the exception of their personal bedroom and the shower) and to complete the daily screener, but also undergo additional COVID-19 testing on Days 1, 5 and 10 after returning to campus. Students can use the online self-scheduler to select a convenient time. Students must report if they will be leaving the campus for 18 hours or longer by completing the Returning Home Notification form available in the Housing Portal.

Summer Session 2021

Housing

Is on-campus housing open for Summer Session?

Yes. We will remain open and operational for Summer Session. Students selecting to live on campus for summer will be assigned to single-occupancy bedrooms.

What housing options are available for Summer Session?

We will have three 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 and incoming first-year and transfer students who are enrolled in Summer Session courses at UC San Diego.
  • Short Term Transition Housing: Available to students who may need flexible housing accommodations this summer and meet the eligibility criteria specified here: https://hdh.ucsd.edu/housing/summer/pages/short-term.html.

Information regarding how to apply, rates, and program dates are available here: https://hdh.ucsd.edu/housing/summer/pages/index.html.

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

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

Dining

Which dining and market facilities will be available during Summer Session?

Pines (Muir College), Restaurants at Sixth College, Sixth Market and Club Med (School of Medicine) will be open during Summer Session.

Will mobile ordering be available during Summer Session?

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.

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

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 will be assigned to a bedroom?

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

When will new first-year and transfer students receive their housing assignment?

Room assignments will be available late August via the Housing Portal.

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 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 my Fall Quarter 2021 housing contract?

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.

If I cancel my housing contract for Fall Quarter 2021, will I lose my housing priority status for future years?

Students who cancel or terminate their housing contract may be moved to a lower priority group for housing in the 2022-23 academic year.

Isolation Housing

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.

Will a student be charged for isolation housing?

Students with an on-campus housing contract 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 will be delivered to isolation housing and cost $8 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner.

Enhanced Precautionary Measures

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Students will be required to wear a face covering 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 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 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.

Dining

Is indoor dining available?

Yes. Dining facilities and markets are open for indoor dining. Indoor seating options in dining facilities are currently at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, per state and county guidelines. Guests are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.

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. Physical distancing aids are placed throughout the facility and dining areas. 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 (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 were upgraded 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.

Graduate and Family Housing Residents

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.

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

All graduate students, regardless of vaccination status, residing in campus-operated housing (HDH) must conduct daily symptom and exposure screening. They are also required to participate in free asymptomatic testing once a week.

Students who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to complete weekly asymptomatic testing. Symptomatic testing will remain available as needed.

Students currently living in University-owned housing who are not fully vaccinated are required to participate in self-administered testing each week. Each test must be at least 5 days apart with no more than 9 days between tests.

More information is available on the Return to Learn website.

Sequestration Following Unmasked Off-Campus Activity
Any student who resides in campus-operated housing and who engages in any off-campus unmasked activity (sharing a meal, recreational activities, gatherings, etc.) is required to sequester for 14 days within their residential unit upon returning to campus. Sequestration requires the individual not only to be masked and distanced within the residential unit (with the exception of their personal bedroom and the shower) and to complete the daily screener, but also undergo additional COVID-19 testing on Days 1, 5 and 10 after returning to campus. Students can use the online self-scheduler to select a convenient time. Students may continue to attend in-person classes and are encouraged to visit the Virtual Student Union for daily offerings of remote and virtual engagement opportunities to stay connected. Outside of the residential unit, students are required to mask at all times, with the exception of eating and exercising, and must maintain physical distance at all times. Sequestration ends when a Day-10 COVID-19 test returns as negative.

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.

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 a request for a temporary extension, granted on a case-by-case basis. The appeal process can be started here.

Can I have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Visitors to residential units are not allowed. This restriction does not apply to necessary caregivers. 

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.

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 apartment?

Yes. Residential networks were upgraded to ensure Wi-Fi connectivity that will allow residents to access classes remotely from their apartments.

Isolation Housing

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.

Will a student be charged for isolation housing?
Students with an on-campus housing contract 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 will be delivered to isolation housing and cost $8 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner.

Enhanced Precautionary Measures

What enhanced precautionary steps are being taken in residential areas?

Students will be required to wear a face covering outside of their apartment. 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 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 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.

Amenities

When will amenities reopen in Graduate and Family Housing?

HDH has been able to reopen outdoor amenities (including BBQ areas, fire pits, outdoor lounge areas, ping-pong tables and the climbing wall). With cooperation of the  Emergency Operations Center, UC San Diego Recreation and the Triton Health Ambassador program fitness centers, pools and spas are also reopened. Please follow the re-opening guidelines posted at each facility.

Openings of study spaces and community lounges will be based on guidance from campus leadership. Reopening of additional amenities is under regular evaluation.