Frequently asked questions

If COVID-19 restrictions continue to be rolled back and guidance from county and state health authorities permits, UCLA hopes to offer housing to the following groups in the fall:

  • All freshman students.
  • All students with an institutional need, in accordance with established eligibility criteria.
  • As many first-year transfer students and sophomores as possible.

Graduate student housing will continue to be offered as usual.

The amount of housing UCLA can offer is directly tied to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health mandates, so while we unfortunately cannot guarantee housing for the upcoming academic year, we will make available as much of our housing inventory as we can. If we are not able to accommodate everyone in the fall, additional housing is expected to be available starting in winter quarter 2022, and we may be able to make offers to more students at that time.

Students who do not fall into one of the above groups but who plan to return to campus should secure housing off-campus in privately owned accommodations.

More information about both on-campus and off-campus housing is available on the UCLA Housing website.

Under current guidelines, residence hall occupancy for spring 2021 is limited to one student per bedroom, and undergraduate apartments are limited to two students per bedroom.

If COVID-19 restrictions continue to be rolled back and guidance from county and state health authorities permits, UCLA expects to be able to increase occupant capacity for the fall.

Required COVID-19 testing: For spring, testing will continue to be required for all students living in university housing or participating in on-site or hybrid classes. Detailed information on UCLA’s testing program — including what happens in the case of a positive test — is available on our Prevention, Testing and Treatment page.

General health and safety measures: For those members of the UCLA community who will be on campus in spring, protocols and procedures are in place to help reduce the spread of the virus.

  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • De-densifying campus spaces and frequent cleaning of residence halls and other facilities.
  • Mandatory wearing of cloth face coverings indoors and outdoors, except in residents’ own rooms or apartments.
  • Residents are limited to one guest in their room or apartment at a time, and the guest must be another UCLA student with a UCLA housing contract. 

Symptom monitoring program: Daily COVID-19 symptom checks are required for anyone coming to campus or living in on-campus housing. More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available online for students (PDF)staff and faculty who are not performing health care work on campus (PDF)third-party contract workers (PDF); and essential visitors (PDF).

Wastewater testing program: As part of an early-warning strategy for the detection of COVID-19 among the campus community, UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety is regularly testing wastewater from university-owned housing, including residence halls, for trace amounts of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — that are commonly shed in fecal matter, sometimes days before any symptoms appear.

COVID-19 case dashboard: UCLA’s COVID-19 case dashboard (DOCX) keeps those on campus informed if they were present in a UCLA building when and where someone else tested positive for COVID-19. When UCLA receives notice of a positive case, the dashboard is updated and an email is sent to those who indicated in their symptom monitoring survey that they would be present in the related facility. Emails are sent to both campus and UCLA Health employees.

Bruin Café and De Neve have resumed limited-capacity indoor dining. Physical distancing protocols will be in place for guests from different households, and guests will still be encouraged to dine outside. Meals at De Neve will continue to offer carry-out meals.

Plateia at the Luskin Conference Center has resumed indoor dining at 25% capacity for parties of up to six people from a single household; they are also offering limited outdoor dining and takeout meals. The A-level of Ackerman Union and the Court of Sciences Student Center have also resumed indoor seating at 25% capacity.

ASUCLA Catering also offers Catering Express menus for meal pick up or delivery to those who are working on campus and Starship delivery robots are available to deliver meals to those on campus from several ASUCLA restaurants, including Bruin Buzz, Southern Lights, Blaze Pizza and LuValle Commons. For Ackerman hours and available services, visit ASUCLA.

  • To help students renting off-campus accommodations, UCLA Student Legal Services has provided resources on its website for students looking to start or terminate a lease.
  • The Undergraduate Students Association Council has released an off-campus housing guide (PDF) to help first-time renters find housing in the Westwood area.

Currently, all UCLA students who come to campus for any purpose — including class, work or other activities — are required to complete a COVID-19 symptom monitoring survey. Students living in university-owned housing must complete the survey daily.

  • The survey, which can be done on a smartphone, tablet or computer, should take no more than five minutes.
  • Students will need to receive a clearance certificate from the survey to enter campus grounds or facilities — except for their own campus residence. Alternately, they’ll be directed to call the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center hotline at 310-206-6217 for instructions. Information about individuals’ symptoms is kept confidential.

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