Applying for On-Campus Housing

How to Apply 

Students who have paid an enrollment deposit can submit housing applications through the online StarRez system, accessed through the Mills Resource Portal. The room draw process for continuing students is also conducted through StarRez (visit the Room Draw and Lottery webpage for details). You can access the online housing application under "Featured Services" in the Mills Resource Portal.

A one-time $250 application fee is required before the housing application can be accessed. Application fees will not need to be resubmitted by students who reapply for on-campus housing in the future, but the housing application fee is non-refundable. Application fees can be paid as the first step of the online Housing Application (accessed through the Mills Resource Portal) or by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard through the HMDS Office (by visiting Sage Hall 138 or calling 510.430.2127).

Summer & Academic Year Housing Applications

Summer 2020 and academic year 2020–21 applications will be available beginning April 1, 2020. The application deadline for summer housing is April 23, 2020. Summer housing is only available to students who will live in summer housing for at least 21 consecutive nights. At least 21 nights' notice must be given by students planning to move out mid-summer. Priority is given to full-summer applicants. Summer residents must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Active Mills student that is working or interning in the area

  • Active Mills Student that is taking classes in the area or online

  • Active Mills Student living in the Courtyard Townhouses or the Underwood Apartments in spring 2020 and will once again live in one of these spaces in fall 2020

  • Spring semester graduate and international students that need temporary housing (housing agreement cannot surpass August 1st)
  • Active UCB Student that is Working in the area, taking classes in the area or online that stayed at Mills in spring 2020 and plans to be with us in fall 2020

The priority housing application deadlines for 2020–21 are June 1, 2020, for first-year students, transfer students, and entering graduate students (see the Room Draw page for application information for continuing students).

User Guides 

Winter Break & January Term Housing 

We also offer winter break housing for students who are interested in housing for all of winter break or January term, but who usually live off campus or in a traditional residence hall. Download the Winter Break January Term Housing Application/Agreement (PDF) to apply. The completed paper application must to be submitted to HMDS by November 30, 2020.

Please note: All our published deadlines must be met by end of business day (5:00 pm) unless otherwise specified.

For questions about housing and the application process, please contact Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS) at 510.430.2127 or

Book Art Summer Housing

We offer short-term housing in the summer for the Book Art Program. For more details about cost and duration of stay, please see the Residential Agreement (PDF).

Family Housing Application Materials

To apply for family housing in the Underwood Apartments, please complete the Family Housing Info and Waiting List Application (PDF).

To apply for all options besides family housing, please complete the Housing Application under "Featured Services" in the Mills Resource Portal.

Other Information

Application Fees & Refunds

Service & Emotional Support Animal Policy

Early Arrival Policy (PDF)

Late Stay Policy (PDF)

Move Out Instructions

Residence Application/License Agreement for January Term and Winter Break (PDF)

Room Change Request (PDF)

Application for Release from Housing Agreement (PDF)

Submit a Work Order