Housing and Residential Education

Murals in the Merrill Moat


Merrill College Housing and Residential Education (HARE) Office

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? 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 under the Merrill Market.

Office Operating Hours and Contact Information:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The front office phone number is (831) 459-5689. Our Office Coordinator or Student Office Assistants can help direct your questions to get you the answers you need.


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 7 pm-3 am every night, a Community Safety Officer can be reached at (831) 459-2100.
  • From 5 am-7 pm and 3 am-8 am, a Residential Assistant can be reached at (831) 212-8749.
  • On weekends from 3 am-7 pm, 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, Cultural Center events, and our popular restaurant Vivas, bring the college community together. Other commonly occurring events including guest speakers, international 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, both close to and farther away from the academic and 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, large triple, quintuple and hextuple 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 rooms), large triples (three-person rooms), quintuples (five-person rooms), and hextuples (six-person rooms). If you are a new student, you will most likely live in one of these configurations.