Housing and Residential Education

Murals in the Merrill Moat

Merrill College Housing and Residential Education Office: Located on the First Floor of the Merrill Plaza Building

The Merrill/Crown Housing and Residential Education Office serves both Merrill and Crown residents, assisting with a variety of housing and residential related issues. Have a question about housing? Need to speak with someone? Locked out of your room? Call, email, or drop by in person and we can help you! We are located on the First Floor of the new Merrill Plaza Building.

Office Operating Hours and Contact Information:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

The front office phone number is (831) 459-5689. Our interim office manager is Lindsay Osborne, and likely can help you with many questions. Lindsay can be reached at losborne@ucsc.edu.

The University observes multiple holidays over the course of a year that will cause offices to close for a limited time. A campus calendar with included holidays like Winter Break can be found here.

After Hours Assistance:

We recognize you may need help after our office has closed. There are always people available to assist you with lock outs, safety needs, or anything else!

  • From 7pm-3am every night, a Community Safety Officer can be reached at (831) 459-2100.
  • From 3am-8am every night, a Residential Assistant can be reached at (831) 212-8749.
  • On weeekends from 8am-7pm, a Residential Assistant can be reached at (831) 212-8749.

Merrill students pride themselves in creating and maintaining a close-knit community. For most students, their personal sense of the Merrill community grows outward: starting on their floor, moving to other floors in their building and eventually to the whole college and campus at large. Merrill residents and students strive towards gaining a respectful adjustment to life here.  We know the importance of communal living, and that our residential peer group continues to grow both deeper and more widespread over time.

Each of our buildings at Merrill is a site for cross-cultural exchange and learning.  Our programming emphasizes issues of diversity and identity. Individual buildings & floors, as well as the college Programs Office, create year-round opportunities for students to participate in residential and academic programs that share and celebrate the eclectic heritage of our students. Many programs and places, such as College Nights, Moat activities, the Cultural Center events, and at our popular restaurant Tacos Moreno, bring the college community together. Other commonly occurring events, including guest speakers, intentional movies, analysis, and discussions, offer students the opportunity to learn more about themselves and each other in a time when identity development is so important.

There are multiple residential buildings at Merrill College, but close to and farther away from the academic & administrative buildings.  Most of the residential halls are close to the college center, and our wonderful apartment community stretches across the little redwood creek canyon behind us.  There is no general advantage to living in one building, or area, over another.  The different living environments here at Merrill accommodate the eclectic preferences of our diverse student population.

Our residential buildings contain single, double, and triple rooms. Single rooms are slightly more expensive than the others and generally go to continuing students. Most first year students live in doubles (two-person room) or triples (three-person room). If you are a new student, you will most likely live in one of these.