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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is by far the best way to make friends. It's so well kept, I loved it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing has been a great experience where you meet people from all over the state. I have made really good friendships with my roommates unlike others who say have bad experiences. I felt like the key to getting along with your roommates is to try and get along with each other, be comprehensive, respect each other and their things, and just be open-minded and friendly. I lived in housing that was close by to the dinning commons and the classrooms. It is more convenient to live close by to the services provided to you.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus for the first two years was one of my best decision that I have taken in my life. The reason why is because everything was so convienent. The advantages were that you could sleep in a bit more just because the classes were relatively close to the dorms. Food was always made at reasonables hours for students to eat. Most everything that we needed was on campus so there was no need to go off campus for stuff.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed living on campus, especially as an incoming freshman. everything is close, even if you are living in the farthest dorms which are Cathedral, Tenaya, and Half Dome. the atmosphere is great, you definitely get to know a lot of people, and recognize you neighbors. the rooms are easy to divide among the roommates, and the RA's have vacuums to keep your floors clean. in the 3 buildings that are mentioned, there is staff that clams the floor daily. the floor and restrooms are cleaned nails, except for weekends, so that is when the restroom is the messiest. i liked the fact that there were always events for the residents, and there was always free stuff that students could receive. overall living on campus is a great experience.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Forming my first year was great. The cleanliness of the campus is the best part yet. The majority of students from my school are minorities so we tend to take care of things better especially since we need it. The campus is very calm and it is very friendly. It is a big change from a hectic place like LA to a very calm place like Merced .

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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

Student Polls

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  • Amenities/perks
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  • Ease of housing process/lottery system
  • Proximity to classes
  • Resident community
  • Social atmosphere
  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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