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Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The apartment areas are peaceful and clean.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Basically, any place you choose to live in will be at least adequate. Some places may have no air conditioner. Some may have no wi-fi (although I think many places are now wi-fi installed), but they're not huge burdens. The problem is that campus housing is very expensive. I can safely say that the cost of living here is a major part of the tuition, maybe a third. You can definitely find people to chat with, roommates, neighbors, even the staff sometimes.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus housing has been great especially as a first year student. Not only is it super close to your classes but it allows you to meet new people and build life-long connections. The activities set up by the resident advisors and the staff are unforgettable memories and help the students relieve stress during the most stressful times of the year!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very typical and fine! The housing communities are so clean and nice, the only complaint is that there is not much vibrancy and not much to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would say that living on campus was simply just not my best experience. I personally feel that the classes are a little too far away from the mesa court housing. Also, Lot 5 was not my favorite because it seemed to me that there were not very many options available to choose from. The room I got was kind of small, so that was another downside. Other than that, my experience was pretty good.

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Rivendell, Isengard, and the Shire, oh my! What could be better than living in a residence complex like Middle Earth, right by Ring Road, and dining at either Brandywine or Pippin? Granted, parents might fear that their children like the The Lord of the Rings just a little too much, but when they visit, they will recognize two things. One, their child isn’t alone. Two, Middle Earth, Mesa Court, and Campus Village offer decent housing at relatively decent prices, although some complain that the Middle Earth complex resembles shabby rundown motels with peculiar hallways and a less-than-social atmosphere. Mesa Court seems to be the favorite, even though it’s a little bit away from the center of campus. However, it's called the “party dorm” and is one of the more social places to live on campus. Middle Earth, a runner-up, is right on campus. The students who occupy the dorms also do their best to form tight-knit social relationships with one another.

Some may still scoff a bit, but considering some of the housing costs around UCI, undergraduate housing becomes a steal, comparatively. Nevertheless, many students still feel ripped off by the mandatory meal plan attachment that comes with living in the dorms freshman year. However, easy access to all lecture halls and other campus facilities make the residence halls a coveted commodity in this commuter-based University and an essential part of the overall college experience.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
12,982
Undergrads Living On Campus
36%
Number of Dormitories
34
Best Dorms
  • Arroyo Vista Houses
  • Lago
  • Lorien (part of Middle Earth)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser or closet
  • Ethernet access
  • Mirror
  • Trash can
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Special-interest housing
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
  • The names for the Middle Earth dorms were taken from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
  • In Mesa Court, each hall has its own theme or specialty where students of certain majors or similar interests can live together, while Middle Earth dorms have theme clusters that group halls of the same themes together.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Arroyo Vista Housing
Floors: 3 per building
Number of Occupants: About 1,000 students in the complex
Bathrooms: One on main floor of each building, one per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each building has its own laundry facility and kitchen; the community recreation room has a computer lab, pool table, foosball table, Ping-Pong table, and TV. Arryo Vista is a unique community combining academic theme houses, Greek chapter houses, and some overflow housing. The community shares a recreation room, conference room, and community center.
Campus Village
Floors: 2 per building
Number of Occupants: About 800 students in the complex
Bathrooms: One per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Suite-style apartments with two doubles per suite
Special Features: All apartments have a refrigerator, stove, and microwave; some apartments are furnished; and the community features a center with a fitness room, game room, computer lab, and TV room.
Mesa Court Community Unit I (Arroyo, Bahia, Camino, Cielo, Ciudad, Cuesta, Lago, Loma, Sierra, Viento)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 52 residents in each hall
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each suite shares a lounge and bathroom, and each hall shares a common living room, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and game room; individual halls are special-interest themed each year
Middle Earth Community
Floors: 3 per building
Number of Occupants: 1,500 students in the community
Bathrooms: Shared by suite, coed suites have gender-seperate bathrooms
Coed: Yes, except Rivendell (women only)
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Basketball and sand volleyball courts, laundry room in each hall, small kitchen in each hall.
Unit II (Brisa, Cumbre, Otero, Prado, Puente)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 66 residents in each hall
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each suite shares a lounge and bathroom, and each hall shares a common living room, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and large main lounge; individual halls are special-interest themed each year
Unit III (Estrella, Nubes, Palo, Vista)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 64 residents in each hall
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each suite shares a lounge and bathroom and each hall shares a common living room, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and large main lounge; individual halls are special-interest themed each year.
Unit IV Hillside Halls (Cascada, Lluvia, Niebla, Ondas)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 61 residents in each hall
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each suite shares a lounge and bathroom, and each hall shares a common living room, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and large main lounge; individual halls are special-interest themed each year.
Unit IV Village (Aldea, Barranca, Laguna, Selva, Isla, Jardin)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 63 residents in each hall
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Each suite shares a lounge and bathroom, and each hall shares a common living room, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and large main lounge; individual halls are special-interest themed each year.
Vista Del Campo
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Computer lab available at Community Center, gym, pool, newly furnished.
Vista Del Campo Norte
Floors: 3-4
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer lab available at Community Center, gym, pool, newly furnished.

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