Housing Assistance

The high cost of housing in the local area poses a challenge for Santa Clara University in its efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty. Recognizing the importance of affordable housing, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program.

The rental assistance program is intended to ease the transition into the local housing market for tenure-track faculty and for renewable term faculty, and for newly hired tenured faculty during the first year of their appointment. The program provides monthly rent support and periodically adjusts the level of rent support based on changes in the local housing market.

The purchase assistance program is intended to enhance the affordability of a single-family residence in the local area for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The program provides assistance with the mortgage and closing costs associated with the purchase of a primary personal residence. The program is available to eligible tenured and tenure-track faculty.

The University recently announced a new pilot program in partnership with Landed Housing Solutions to offer up to $120,000 in down-payment support, and to provide assistance with the closing costs and mortgage payments to eligible faculty members with the purchase of a primary personal residence.  This program is available to tenured faculty and Senior Lecturers. Details can be found here: Landed Program Guidelines

Santa Clara University makes University-owned rental units available to newly hired tenure-track, tenured faculty and renewable-term lecturers, subject to availability.  For more information: FAQs University-owned Rental Units


You can learn more about these housing assistance programs including detailed eligibility requirements by contacting the Provost's Office at 408-554-4774.


Please note: The housing assistance programs have been modified over the years to respond to changes in the housing market and/or government regulations. Program details are updated at least annually.  To ensure that you have current program descriptions, please contact the Provost's Office as described above.