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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Cathedral so we were considered "Academic Excellence". Third floor, my floor, had the television. All four floors had a lounge supplied with whiteboards where we could relax and study in groups. The RA's were very nice and no rule was too strict; mainly consisted of being considerate to others. The restroom and shower were right outside of our door but was still enclosed by our neighboring male dorming to ensure privacy. Bathrooms were cleaned regularly by Merced cleaning staff. Rooms were nice and nothing was stressful. Each floor had a garbage shoot to make taking out the trash easier.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: UC Merced is only about 10 years old so everything is brand new. The dorms are gorgeous and the dorm advisors work hard with the custodial staff to keep them clean. The dorms are set up to encourage interaction between people and because the campus is smaller than a mile long distance from the dorms to the classes is small.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The buildings are really new, which is totally sweet and beautiful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is probably my favorite thing about UC Merced. The dorms are all very new and spacious. The students are friendly and the RA's are extremely nice. The dorms are also extremely close to the campus itself.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is extremely convienent, since you have a large amount of access to the library and other buildings. The dorms are really close to the classrooms and food centers. Also, the dorms have custodial staff that clean the restroom for you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 38th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 79th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 143rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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Living on campus is convenient when it comes to going to classes and club meetings, and it's also convenient in terms of food, since the cost for housing includes food from the dining hall. The dorms themselves are spacious, especially in the suites. The traditional freshman dorms are slightly more cramped, but it's nice that residents only have to share the bathroom with no more than five other students. The school is currently in the process of building new dorms, which will open in the fall of 2010, making it easier to sign up for a room.

Due to the young age of the campus, the dorms are new, so nothing found in the dorms is particularly worn out. There are dens next to the laundry rooms, with gaming systems and a pool table that keep residents entertained. Additionally, there are kitchens students can use to cook food when they’re bored with dining hall food, but getting access to them is somewhat difficult and often not worth it. The online housing system allows students to pick what kind of roommate(s) they want, so hopefully it ends up being a bearable living situation for them.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Tuolumne (part of Sierra Terraces)
  • Valley Terraces
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Valley Terraces
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Mariposa (part of Sierra Terraces)
  • Tulare (hall in Valley Terraces)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Sierra Terraces
  • Tulare (hall in Valley Terraces)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Carpet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Open closet
  • Sink
Also Available
There are theme halls for the Valley Terraces, one being the Green Hall and the other being the Academic Excellence Hall. As the names imply, the Green Hall focuses on sustainable living practices, while the Academic Excellence Hall tries to create an environment conducive to studying. If students wants to live in either of these halls, they have to write a letter of intent explaining why they are right for the hall and how they will contribute.
Available for Rent
Vacuum cleaner and mop are included in the suites.
Students can check out board games and a PS2 player for a day at a time.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Sierra Terraces
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples; doubles and triples are connected by a bathroom that residents of both rooms share.
Special Features: Study lounges
The Summits
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Computer lab, Academic Support Center, exercise/music room, meeting rooms for workshops and events, outdoor barbecue area, laundry facility within each hall
Valley Terraces
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: Less than 20
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites; two double rooms option or three double rooms option
Special Features: Living room/suite-style

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