Guide to UC San Diego/Housing
Incoming and current student need a place to live. They have two main options to choose from: on-campus or off-campus housing. Incoming freshmen usually live on-campus for their first year or two and incoming transfer students normally live off-campus.
Each college provides on-campus housing for its incoming freshman students. This housing can vary greatly, ranging from buildings built in the 1960s for Revelle students to buildings built in the 1990s for ERC students. On-campus housing can also vary in size, ranging from multistory buildings such as Tioga and Tenaya halls to the small "summer camp" style buildings used by Sixth College students.
After their first year or two on campus, students usually move off-campus. Transfer students normally do not have the option of living on campus so they must live off campus from the very beginning of their time at UC San Diego. However, new housing units are starting to open so more transfer students may be able to live on campus in the near future. Students living off campus have a number of options. They can live at one of the apartment complexes in the area or in a house near the campus. Many students live with fellow UC San Diego students or other young adults living in the La Jolla area and split the rent between them. To find off-campus housing, students have a number of options. UC San Diego provides housing listings for commuter students that they can search through to find roommates or apartments. Students can also use resources like Craigslist to find a place to live.