Away-Abroad Students (Planning for Fall)
Make fall housing plans in advance
Students going away-abroad, through programs coordinated by the Off-Campus Programs Office, should consider their housing plans for their anticipated return as early as possible. This is particularly important for those who wish to reside off-campus locally and commute because we must limit the number of off-campus commuters in order to comply with Santa Barbara County regulations. See Requirements for Commuters.
Request to be an off-campus commuter
Students who plan to be away-abroad for either the Fall or Spring semester may request off-campus commuting for the other semester in the upcoming academic year during the Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year in March/April. In fact, such students may reserve for both semesters, in the event their plans to study away-abroad are not confirmed by the time of housing sign-ups. Of course, once a student's plan to study away-abroad is confirmed by the Off-Campus Programs Office, a reservation to be an off-campus commuter for that particular semester would be cancelled by the Housing Office.
Students who are away-abroad during the spring semester should request to reside off-campus for the subsequent Fall and/or Spring semester(s) by submitting the online Request for Off-Campus Local/Commuting by March 29, or arranging a proxy to make this request on their behalf. See Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year for important information.
Request campus housing
The requirement to fill a room or apartment in order to reserve it is in force throughout housing sign-ups. Students who are away-abroad during the spring semester may request campus housing for the fall semester in several ways (see Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year). It is very important to observe the timeline, deadlines and written requirements for various options.
Away-abroad students who wish to reserve an Ocean View (OV) apartment for the fall semester (OV is managed as campus housing) may be able to participate in squatter's rights with a current Ocean View resident grouping. A second way to reserve an apartment is by online application for Ocean View. A third way is by authorizing a student in Santa Barbara (see Proxy Authorization) to choose housing on behalf of the student away-abroad during the Housing Selection event in April.
Away-abroad students who wish to reside in one of the campus residence halls may participate in a group for Squatters Rights, use the proxy option, submit a Group Request. As a back-up plan, the Housing Request form is useful only for communicating location preferences. Housing personnel will follow the location preferences and priorities indicated on the form, and will assign housing according to class standing and space availability.
View your housing and meal plan information
The earliest opportunity to view confirmed fall housing assignments is in March and April because most fall housing reservations are made during our annual housing sign-ups. Housing is confirmed by being posted online at the Student Profile, and those approved to reside off-campus will have the housing code "OCL" listed as an "assignment." When off-campus is approved after the sign-up period in March/April, the Housing Office will also confirm it by email.
Away-abroad students who reserve a room with current residents through Squatters Rights with the Resident Directors (RDs) may have their assignment affirmed in person by the RD, but it will be posted online at a later date. Students who are able to reserve an Ocean View apartment through the application process may have their housing assignment affirmed in person by the OV-RD, but it will be posted online at a later date.