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Housing and Dining FAQ

We realize that students, parents, and family members will have questions while planning for the upcoming academic term. To this end, we invite you to carefully review these frequently asked questions (FAQ). For additional questions, please email

In addition, we continue to follow the guidelines of Santa Clara County public health officials and will update this FAQ as needed. For the latest information and details on testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols, please go to Prepared SCU.


Housing Assignment Process and Timeline

We are welcoming 800-900 students back to on-campus housing for spring 2021, with move-in dates March 24-28.

In most cases, yes.  Due to changes in residents, staffing, and COVID protocols, a small number of those already assigned a room/building may be changed.  If your assignment is changed, you will receive an email at your account; please check that frequently.

We will assign one person per bedroom in spring 2021 housing. In addition, there will not be any opportunity to request changes or suite/apartment mates.

Please review the Housing Addendum and the Bronco COVID-19 Pact to understand expectations of students living on campus and what to expect during spring 2021.

No. In order to maximize the flexibility needed to place all students who qualify for spring term housing, we cannot honor requests for suitemates.

Yes, the housing contract may be cancelled in the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19 and opts to self-isolate at a permanent residence. If a student chooses to cancel, they are canceling for the rest of the spring term and the housing rate will be prorated based on the amount of time the student lived on campus.

At this time, the plan is to limit move-in assistance to two additional (adult) individuals to support each student for moving in, assuming state and local guidance continue to allow for it.


Housing Rates

There will be four room and board charges for spring 2021:

Standard Double with the Basic resident dining plan, $5324.00
Standard Double with the Junior/Senior resident dining plan, $4717.00
University Villas Regular Single with the Basic resident dining plan, $7135.00
University Villas Regular Single with the Junior/Senior resident dining plan, $6528.00 

Students assigned to buildings other than University Villas will be charged the standard double rate, while students assigned to University Villas will be charged the University Villas regular single rate. First-years and sophomores will be assigned the Basic resident dining plan, while juniors and seniors will be assigned the Junior/Senior dining plan.

Students who were assigned for winter housing will see charges on their student account on Friday, 2/26. New spring housing applicants will see charges on their accounts in early March.


Move-In/Move-Out Process

The University has designed a move-in process focused on the health and safety of our students, their families, and the entire SCU community. We will schedule and stagger student arrival over multiple days from March 24 through March 28 to move into residence halls to avoid the typical high-density move-in experience.

Students are responsible for cleaning the restrooms within apartments & suites as well as any other common areas within the apartment/suite (i.e. kitchen, living room, etc).

Custodial Services will provide building-wide cleaning in public areas in residence halls, though students will need  to supply their own cleaning supplies for their individual rooms.



Following current state and local guidance for dining facilities, Bon Appétit will have several venues open, 7 days a week for student dining. Plans include enhanced sanitation, following social distancing requirements, mobile ordering, and reductions of self-service options.

Dining services will remain centralized in the Benson Memorial Center (BMC) with all orders being managed via a mobile-ordering app. Food will be available from Bon Appétit in to-go compostable containers.

Currently, all food is served to-go and students can eat outdoors or in their residence hall. Depending on county guidance, limited indoor dining may become available in Benson Memorial Center during the spring term.  In that event, occupancy limits, physical distancing, face coverings and other protocols will be in place for those who dine inside Benson.

Yes. All campus residents will be assigned a meal plan based on their year in school and their accommodation.