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Student Housing Safety Rules

The following rules apply to all students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing.

Latest Updates

Winter Quarter Move-In

  • Before returning to campus for winter quarter move-in, campus residents are required to have a negative rapid antigen test result.
  • Upon move-in, campus residents will complete a PCR test on Day 1 and Day 5, mask in congregate areas and are not permitted to have guests.
  • Once a negative test on Day 5 is confirmed, masks can be removed and guests can visit suites and rooms.


  • As part of Phase II, students are no longer required to wear face coverings in their own residential unit (apartments or suites) through the end of fall quarterTesting is recommended on arrival and on Day 5 after being away from campus.
  • Masking remains required in all indoor classroom/instructional settings and on Triton/university transportation until Dec. 16, 2022. Masking will remain required in all clinical settings until further notice.
  • Students should continue to complete the daily symptom screening.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Upon initial move-in

Pre arrival: Residential students will receive a rapid antigen test in the mail for testing pre arrival. Students will need to complete a rapid antigen test 24 hours prior to moving into their campus suite.Students residing in campus-operated housing are expected to complete a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test no more than 24 hours after they return for a new quarter, as well as again on Day 5, unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

Day of arrival: Undergraduate residential students will be required to conduct a COVID-19 test provided by UC San Diego before receiving their room key. The goal is to identify and isolate any asymptomatic individuals who could unintentionally spread the virus.

  • New students will undergo a provider-observed COVID-19 test.
  • Returning students will need to conduct a self-administered COVID-19 test, which can be done through a campus test kit vending machine. All vending machines are currently open. Students will need to share a screenshot of their most recent test kit vial that has been scanned and submitted.

Graduate and professional students

All graduate and professional students moving into campus-operated housing, regardless of vaccination status, must take a UC San Diego-administered SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of arrival to campus and again on Day 5.

Wastewater testing

Regardless of vaccination status, residents of a building in which a positive SARS-CoV-2 wastewater signal is detected, must take a SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of receiving notification of the positive SARS-CoV-2 wastewater signal. To learn if your building has a positive signal, visit UC San Diego’s COVID-19 Daily Dashboard and see “Wastewater Monitoring.”

Positive Test Results and Exposure to COVID-19


Isolation and quarantine housing is available at a nearby hotel, but extremely limited.

Students living on campus: Depending on clinical and living situations, you may need to isolate in place or you may be moved to isolation housing. If you are isolating in place and sharing a bedroom with another individual, you will need to mask at all times within your bedroom and the common rooms. If you are isolating in place and do not have a roommate, you may remove your mask in your bedroom, but will need to mask when using the bathroom. When isolating in place, you cannot utilize the common living areas. You may only leave the unit to pick up food or receive medical care and must remain masked at all times.

Students isolating off campus: If you are able to isolate safely off campus with your family, please email the Public Health Team at You must leave campus in a private vehicle. You cannot take public transportation.

See more details about how to complete isolation and food resources for those isolating on campus.


UC San Diego is no longer conducting universal contact tracing. Individuals who have tested positive are encouraged to reach out to their close contacts with exposure information. Learn more about exposure and isolation

The CDC recommends that if individuals are exposed to COVID-19, they should wear a mask as soon as they find out they were exposed for 10 full days. Day 0 is the day of their last exposure to someone with COVID-19 and Day 1 is the first full day after exposure. Further guidelines include:

  1. Wear a high quality mask or respirator like an N95 mask anytime they are around others both indoors and outside including inside their homes.
  2. Take extra precautions around others who are immunocompromised or would get very sick from COVID-19.
  3. Get tested with a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as they find out they were exposed and on or after Day 6.
  4. Watch for symptoms such as fever over 100.4, cough and shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptoms.
    1. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and get tested for COVID-19. Stay home until the test results are known.
    2. If negative, continue masking around others both outside, indoors including inside their homes through Day 10.
    3. If positive, isolate immediately.
Learn more on the Exposure and Isolation webpage.


Daily Symptom Screening

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students are required to complete the daily symptom screener and to take a SARS-CoV-2 test if they experience symptoms. Instructions for completing the daily symptom screener are available on the Student Screening and Testing webpage.

Masking in University Housing

Undergraduate Students

During Phase II, regardless of vaccination status, students are not required to wear face coverings in their own residential unit (apartments or suites). Please continue to respect the decision of others if they choose to mask. We encourage anyone who feels more comfortable continuing to wear a mask to do so, as masking remains one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus.

Students should continue to complete the daily symptom screening. Per the CDC, students who have been exposed to COVID should mask for 10 days after exposure. We encourage students who are symptomatic to wear a mask when around others and to get tested for COVID-19.

We also recommend testing on arrival and on Day 5 after being away from campus.

Students and campus employees may still pick up a free KN95 mask on campus. Please visit the Masking webpage for location details.


Visitors are currently permitted. Residents will be responsible for the behavior of their guests. Residents are advised to have conversations about guests and visitors in their residential units and discuss whether everyone is in agreement or want to set up expectations among the suite or apartment.