Housing and dining

UCLA is offering triple-capacity rooms in on-campus housing this quarter. All students living in on-campus housing need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.

Those who qualify for an exception to the UC vaccination policy have been offered housing in UCLA’s off-campus university apartments through a lottery process. Students with exceptions are required to test for COVID-19 twice a week.

Masking requirements

While masking is required in nearly all indoor spaces on campus, including common areas in UCLA residence halls and apartments, it is not required in your personal indoor living space. It is recommended, however, that you wear a mask in your living space when you are in the presence of individuals from outside your immediate household.

Guest policy

Currently, students may have one off-campus guest per resident in their room at a time, and all guests must be able to show proof of vaccination upon request. 


During the fall term, UCLA will be performing regular thorough cleanings and disinfection of all high-use common areas, restrooms and public spaces in the residence halls — including office common areas and restrooms.

If you need to isolate or quarantine

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are found to have been in close contact with an infected person — within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period —may need to spend time in isolation or quarantine. To understand how these processes works, please read our isolation, contact tracing and quarantine guidelines. In brief:

  • Isolation: Students living on campus who test positive (or who have symptoms of COVID-19 and awaiting test results) will be required to isolate in special on-campus housing units. If you are isolating, you should bring along enough personal belongings — including clothing, medication, laptops, phones, chargers and school supplies — to last for at least 10 days. UCLA will continue to monitor students’ health during the isolation period, and staff will arrange for meal delivery three times a day.
  • Modified quarantine: Fully vaccinated students found to have been in close contact with an infected person but who are asymptomatic will need to adhere to a modified quarantine rather than a full quarantine. Under this plan, you will take a COVID-19 test five days following your exposure to the infected person. While awaiting the results, you’ll need to (1) remain in your on- or off-campus residence except for attending class, (2) grab to-go meals from dining halls and (3) refrain from participating in social activities or gatherings, including entering restaurants, markets, bars or offices. Roommates of students on modified quarantine will not need to relocate or separate from quarantining students.
  • Full quarantine: Currently, full quarantine procedures are in place only for students who are not fully vaccinated. Non–fully vaccinated students who have been in close contact with an infected person (but who have not tested positive for COVID-19) will generally have to remain in special quarantine housing units for up to 10 days from their last contact with an infected person (and will be required to monitor their symptoms for up to 14 days). As with isolation, they should bring along enough personal belongings to last for the entire quarantine period. Those in quarantine who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who receive a positive test may be moved into isolation.


At this time, due to COVID-19 mitigations and staffing shortages, UCLA has had to limit its number of dining facilities. During the fall term, dining facilities in the residence halls will be for residents only; we will not be offering the Bruin Meal Plan for off-campus students. We anticipate opening more outlets as opportunities for proper staff levels arise and will reassess the Bruin Meal Plan at the end of the term.

Currently, on-campus residents have the option of three all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants — in Carnesale Commons, Covel Commons and De Neve Plaza. Students may also choose from our quick-service restaurants, including Bruin Bowl, Bruin Cafe, Rendezvous, the Study at Hedrick and the Drey. (Please see the dining website for the most up-to-date hours of operation and menus.)

Premier Meal Plan holders on-campus will not be allowed to swipe in guests at the all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants. Students may swipe more than once at to-go restaurants. We are also making it possible for students to exchange meal plan swipes for food truck or ASUCLA coupons. 

Indoor seating for students with meal plans is available at all-you-care-to-eat and to-go restaurants. Face masks are required in all residential dining halls and restaurants except when actively eating or drinking. When dining outdoors in groups, UCLA is recommending that individuals wear a mask except when eating.

Note: Food and drink should not be consumed indoors on campus except in restaurants, dining facilities or catering venues — unless one is eating or drinking alone in a room. Exceptions can be also made for hydration or the medically necessary consumption of food or medications as appropriate.

Pivoting in response to COVID

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to housing and dining during the fall term — including adjusting housing density, restricting indoor dining and broadening COVID-19 surveillance testing. Our COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix (PDF) describes the criteria that will inform possible changes in our operations.

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