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Applying to Live in I-House

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Every year, the number of I-House applications we receive exceeds the number of rooms available. An applicant's commitment to I-House goals and a willingness to be an active member of the community play a large part in the final selection.

I-House Application Window

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for various quarters. All dates and times are based on Pacific Daylight Time.

Academic Quarter

Application Available

Application
Submission Deadline

Applicants Notified

Fall 2020 (current UCSD students eligible for Room Selection only) February 19, 2020 March 1, 2020
11:59PM PDT/UTC -8
March 2–16, 2020

Important Notes for Fall 2020 Applicants:

  • This application is open to undergraduate students only (including EAP and transfer students).

  • Current UCSD students with a housing guarantee must FIRST register for Room Selection (February 19–25, 2020) and complete the Room Selection Application process!

    • Go to the Room Selection Portal and apply for Room Selection.

    • Complete your Personal History Form, electronically sign your housing contract online, and make your $450 prepayment before midnight on February 25, 2020.

  • Once you have completed the Room Selection Application and paid the $450 pre-payment, you will be able to access the I-House resident application through the Room Selection Portal. It is your responsibility to complete this separate I-House resident application by 11:59 PM (PST) on March 1, 2020, in order to be considered for Fall 2020 occupancy in I-House.

  • Current UCSD students NOT eligible for Room Selection and NEW Transfer and EAP students accepted for Fall 2020 will be able to apply for I-House beginning in mid-May 2020. Please check this site at that time for more information.

Application Process

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Check to see if you're eligible to live in I-House:

  • All registered UCSD undergraduate students except new incoming freshman or current freshmen are eligible to live in I-House. This includes:
    • Students from all undergraduate colleges
    • Incoming transfer students
    • International exchange students (EAP)
    • Full-time international students
  • You do not need to be an ERC student to live in I-House! Although I-House is geographically located in ERC and ERC Res Life is in charge of I-House housing contracts, students from all undergraduate colleges are eligible to live in I-House.

Who is NOT eligible to apply to live in I-House:

  • New incoming freshmen and current freshmen are not eligible to live in I-House. Freshmen should apply to live in I-House during their sophomore year or later.
  • Students with a residential contract anywhere in campus housing are not eligible.
  • UCSD Extension students are not eligible to live in I-House (this includes international students enrolled with UCSD Extension). As an extension student, you are not technically admitted to UCSD and therefore cannot live on campus. Please contact the UCSD Extension Office for housing suggestions.

Step 2: Prepare

Before you apply, check if you are eligible to live in I-House (see above).

In order to apply, you will need a Student ID number (PID). If you have not received your student ID number, this page may help you find your Student ID.

Start thinking about why you want to live in I-House. The I-House application process is highly competitive — your commitment to I-House goals and your willingness to be an active member of the community play a large part in the final selection.

Carefully consider your schedule to ensure you'll be able to participate in the I-House community before you apply. Your commitment to I-House should be clearly described in your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Once you feel prepared, you can start filling out the application form online.

After you're logged in, you can save and edit your application until the application window is closed.

This link will take you to an SSO login; after entering your login, you will be directed to click on “I-House Application” — this will send you to the actual I-House application.

APPLY button to link to undergrad housing application at I-House

Step 4: Follow Up

After submitting your application, check your UCSD email and alternate email address for a notification that your application has been received.

If you do not see this email within 24 hours of applying, email the I-House office.

Step 5: Notification

After the application window closes, our staff will start reviewing the applications. Since we double-read every application, this may take some time. You took some time to write your application, so now we take some time to review it. This usually takes about two weeks to a month. We will then send a notification email to your UCSD email account.

Please email the ERC Residential Life Office at ercreslife@ucsd.edu if you have not received notification about your acceptance by the date listed above.

Application Guidelines

Application Cycle / When to Apply

Domestic students:

  • If you will be abroad during the Fall Quarter and want to live in I-House during Winter and Spring Quarters, you should apply for the Winter Quarter application available during Fall Quarter, around mid-October.
  • If you will be abroad during Winter and Spring Quarters, you should apply for the Fall Quarter application, available the Winter Quarter in the prior academic year.
  • You can find specific dates for future academic years here.

Exchange students:

  • If you will attend UCSD in the Fall Quarter and want to live in I-House for one, two, or three quarters, you should apply for the Fall Quarter application, available in the summer around June
  • If you will attend UCSD in the Winter Quarter, you should apply for the Winter Quarter application, available during Fall Quarter around mid-October.
  • If you will attend UCSD in the Spring Quarter, you should apply for the Spring Quarter application, available during Winter Quarter in February.
  • You can find specific dates for future academic years here.

Application Troubleshooting

If you're experiencing issues with the application:

  1. Log out of the application and any UC San Diego Single-Sign On applications (i.e. MyTritonLink).

  2. Close all browsers and log in again.

  3. If you’re still experiencing issues, clear your cache. Different browsers have different requirements – a quick search will provide details on how to complete this process.

  4. Still not working? Take a screenshot of the problem you’re experiencing and email ucsdhousing@ucsd.edu with your name and PID, and we’ll work with you to find a solution.

If you get an error message “characters not allowed”:

Check to make sure that there are no quotation marks, parenthesis, and other scripts in your application.

If you have typed up your application in Microsoft Word, please ensure that the language for that Word document is set to English. If it was set in another language, copying and pasting the answers could set off the “characters not allowed” error message as well.

The easiest way to make sure you won't get this error message is not to copy and paste your text but type it into the boxes directly instead!

For reference, the non-alpha numeric letters that are allowed are:

  • single quote (')
  • "at" sign (@)
  • comma (,)
  • exclamation point (!)
  • hyphen (-)
  • period (.)
  • question mark (?)
  • underscore (_)