Residential Life & Housing Office
We are located in the central wing of ResHall A at Merrill College (cross the bridge behind the Taqueria at Merrill).
You can email our office Coordinator Ken Erez
Call our front desk at: (831) 459-5689
Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm
*For information about applying to be a 2013-2014 Resident Assistant, please click here
The residence halls of Crown College consist of eight houses, four of which are situated in the Lower Quad, the other four making up the Upper Quad. The four houses of the Upper Quad are Leonardo, Maxwell, Harvey and Galen. The houses of the Lower Quad are Gauss, Descartes, Rutherford and, Galileo. Our houses are named after philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, and astronomers. Each house has three floors, with one bathroom per floor. Although a majority of our residential hall spaces are co-ed, we do have the option of single-gender living spaces. Some of our houses have themes, which are gaming, the great outdoors, sustainability, academic intensive, and returning student spaces.
Gaming: This living environment is intended to create a place where anyone who likes playing games can come together. If you enjoy gaming with your friends and you’d like to join a like-minded community, this is the place for you. Activities can include anything from your favorite board game to a weekend LAN party. Many of your fellow gamers like to stay up late, so night owls would thrive here!
Great Outdoors: Activities and events organized and hosted by this housing theme are meant to take students out of their rooms and into the wider world. Events can include anything from backpacking to sea kayaking to wilderness survival courses. Ideal for athletes, students obtaining degrees in environmental studies and the natural sciences, or just anybody who enjoys outdoor activities.
Sustainability: This house is ideal for anybody with an interest in an Earth-friendly lifestyle and concern for the future of our planet. Activities and events for this community are concerned with spreading awareness about the role of the individual citizen and consumer in lessoning his or her carbon footprint.
Academic Intensive: Ideal for students who plan to pursue a rigorous academic career and desire a community that will facilitate that goal. Programs and activities for this house are intended to promote and effective and efficient studying techniques and to inspire residents to excel academically. This can include museum trips, organized group outings to guest and faculty lectures, and University-sponsored workshops to educate residents on how to improve study techniques.
Returning Students: This community is only open to residents entering or past their second year at UCSC. The Returning Students house is an excellent option for students who wish to continue living with the friends they made in Crown college the preceding year. Because the residents of this building are further along in their undergraduate degree, they tend to be more academically focused and as a result the house is a quieter space more conducive to studying.
Most apartments house five or six students in two rooms. A small number of singles are available for seniors or transfer students. The kitchen contains a gas stove and oven, full size refrigerator, pantry, double stainless steel sink, and numerous cabinets for storage. The living area is complete with oak tables and furniture, built in bookshelves, a large sliding glass door, and a deck.