Away-Abroad Students (Returning for Spring)

Make Spring housing plans in advance

Students who are, or will be, away-abroad during the Fall semester (through programs coordinated by the Off Campus Programs Office) should consider their Spring housing plans for their anticipated return as early as possible. This is particularly important for those who wish to reside off-campus and commute because the time to request to live off-campus for the Spring semester is during Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year in March/April (See Off-Campus Commuter Sign-Ups under Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year). We limit the number of off-campus commuters in order to comply with Santa Barbara County regulations (See Requirements for Commuters). For those returning to campus housing in the Spring, most available spaces are likely to be scattered among the upper class residence halls.

Students away-abroad may be apprehensive about returning to a relatively full campus at mid-year. This is understandable because most residents remain in their same room for the entire year, and few completely open rooms will become available for incoming roommate groupings. For this reason, we urge current residents and students returning from away-abroad to fill openings by mutual request. When a completely open room is available, it is usually assigned to groups (according to class standing) which can fill the room. In other words, a group with seniors returning from abroad would be assigned to an open room before a group of juniors would be considered. See also Fall-To-Spring (Transitioning to Spring) for more information that pertains to both Fall residents and students returning from away-abroad.

How to request housing

Students who wish to reside off-campus for the Spring semester, after returning from studying away-abroad in the Fall, should reserve off-campus during Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year in March/April, and specifically Off-Campus Commuter Sign-Ups .

Away-abroad students who do not have a confirmed off-campus housing assignment for Spring (housing code: OCL) should submit their online housing request(s) for on-campus housing by November 1. It may not be worthwhile to request to live off-campus after Housing Sign-Ups in March/April because the off-campus waitlist is usually quite long.

Online Request Forms:

We have four request forms:

  1. Group Request with an Assigned Resident. This is an "in-fill" group request which allows you to "fill an opening" with a current campus resident in his/her room. We call these "slam dunks" if all the parts align for a placement. Use this to fill an opening by mutual request with a current resident. It may be used for different group sizes in that room. In order to succeed, each participant in the group request must agree to the group request by ACCEPTING it before the November 1 deadline AND the opening in the room must be confirmed by Housing by the time we make placements (in mid-November).
  2. Request for Specific Location. This request is for an individual or group to mutually-request ONE specific location (usually a particular suite, section or residence hall). Since this form allows only ONE location preference, it is prudent to supplement this request with an email to David King, Housing Director, to indicate preference #2, #3, and so forth. NOTE #1--few completely-open rooms become available at mid-year. NOTE #2--the class standing of the away-abroad student is used to determine how requests are ranked. If away-abroad students have less than senior standing, the chances are slimmer for this possibility.
  3. Group Request #1 for Ocean View. This request is for entirely NEW groupings at the OV apartments and does not involve a current resident at OV seeking to fill a current or expected opening. This requires a completely-open apartment in order to succeed.
  4. Group Request #2 for Ocean View. Since Ocean View has both 3-person and 4-person apartments, this request allows for a second request for a differently-sized grouping. This requires a completely-open apartment in order to succeed.

Submissions after November 1 may not be considered until after others are already assigned. If away-abroad students are trying to fill an opening in a room by mutual request with a campus resident (highly recommended), the current campus resident must ACCEPT the grouping with the appropriate online request form. The Housing Request form above does NOT have that feature, but the other Group forms do have it.

View your housing and meal plan information

Spring housing assignments for away-abroad students are confirmed by being posted online at the Student Profile in late November or December. See Meal Plans for more information.