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Housing tips for returning students

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We hope you’re enjoying spring semester! This is a friendly reminder that student housing applications for 2024-2025 are now open. University of the Pacific is a residential campus with a two-year housing requirement for first- and second-year students.  In addition, the university has a four-year housing guarantee for any students who want to remain on campus throughout their undergraduate years and beyond! With newly renovated first- and second-year housing and planned renovations in the Townhouses and the university-owned Greek Houses, we know you will find yourself at home here!  

We reached out to Charlotte Stackpole, the Associate Director for Housing Administration at Pacific, for tips on how to ensure your housing process goes smoothly:

Register for housing

All current students should visit the new Housing Portal before February 29 to register for 2024-2025 Housing.  The registration process will include updating your emergency contact information, reviewing GradGuard renter insurance options, paying your non-refundable Housing Placement Fee and signing your housing agreement.

Remember, there is a two-year living requirement for all first- and second-year students. Pacific recognizes that extraordinary circumstances may exist and students who have registered for housing can complete a petition for the university to review. Completing your 2024-2025 FAFSA is recommended for a thorough review of your petition. Petitions must be filed before February 23 and are reviewed weekly to provide students with swift responses.

Registration closes on February 29 so do not delay!

Pick your roommates

Through the Housing Portal, current students will have the option to form roommate groups with other students. While first-year students must live with other first years, returning students can form roommate groups across classes, and the student with the most units will be the group leader.

While roommate groups are not required, students who are looking for roommates can follow @pacificrlh on social media for information and special events!

Choosing housing

Starting March 5, students who have completed their housing registration will begin to choose their spaces for the 2024-2025 year.  All current students will be able to choose from available spaces based on where they are currently living and their number of units. Charlotte recommends checking out the housing flyer in my.Pacific for specific details. 

Advice from a former residence hall student

Make the most of your dorm experience. Some of my best memories at Pacific were made in the residence halls. My friends and I would spend time in each other’s rooms chatting the night away and enjoying each other’s company. It is also such a unique experience to live with and share sleeping quarters with a stranger, and then become best friends with them a few weeks later. 

Most importantly, be open to new friendships and experiences. Befriend your neighbors down the hall, enjoy the convenience of having a meal plan and make lasting memories.

Where to find more information about housing

The Office of Residential Life and Housing can be contacted via email. You can also visit its physical location at the Calaveras Hall Lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Charlotte and the rest of the team will be out at the DUC every Pacific Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by and say hello! 

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