FAQs

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What’s the weather like?

The weather in Santa Cruz is very pleasant – warm days and cool mornings and evenings. The key is dressing in layers, so bring a jacket or sweater and don’t forget your comfortable shoes as many areas on the campus are hilly and on uneven terrain.

What is my room like - What should I bring?

  • Adult Conferences
    You will be housed in student apartments and all occupants will share common areas – living and dining room, kitchen and bathroom. All beds are twin size. If you have a single room you will have one twin size bed in your room. If you chose a double room, there will be two twin size beds. The apartments contain few amenities and we recommend bringing your own alarm clock and personal toiletries. Most conferences include bed linens and two towels and a washcloth. If you like the feel of your own towels, by all means please bring them with you.
  • Conference bedroomYouth Academic & Sports Camps
    Youth conferences are typically housed in college residential buildings with shared common bathrooms on each floor. Each participant brings his/her own bed and bath linens.
  • I would like to cook my own meals. Are there kitchens in apartments?
    All apartments have their own kitchens but the stoves are turned off in the summer for liability purposes. The refrigerators are left on for the enjoyment of our guests. No cooking is allowed in any apartments and there are no microwaves or toaster ovens.

Can I bring someone else with me to the conference?

If you want to bring others with you, please contact your Conference Director well in advance. We try to place those of the same gender in the same apartment.

Where do I park my car?

Adult conference participants and youth program staff will receive a parking permit when you check in. Parking for conferences is very limited and may not be near your housing location. We encourage all participants to car pool or take commuter shuttles whenever possible.

What kind of food is served?

All meals (except those catered by your group) will be served in one of our campus dining halls. You will have several entrée options at each meal including vegetarian choices.

College Nine Dining Hall

Can I smoke on the campus?

No. In accordance with University policy for a smoke-free environment smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g. “e-cigarettes”) is prohibited in all UC Santa Cruz facilities, on all University grounds, and on all University-owned and leased properties regardless of location. This policy applies to all indoor and outdoor areas.  more »

Is there a restaurant on campus?

Beverage and snack machines are located throughout campus but hours of operation are limited. Joe’s Pizza and Subs (831-459-3066) and the Baytree Bookstore (831-459-1337) are located in the center of campus. The Express Store at the Baytree Bookstore offers snacks and drinks to take out Monday through Saturday.

Can I use my laptop?

There are Ethernet ports in all bedrooms, and all you need is an Ethernet capable computer and an Ethernet cable.  Your conference has been assigned a guest login to access the internet. Check with your conferences' organizer to gain access.

For information about computer standards, specifications, or other questions, visit the Residential Networking (ResNet) web site at its.ucsc.edu/resnet.

If you have a computer with a wireless network card you can also access CruzNet, the wireless network on campus. CruzNet has 200 wireless access points across campus. This service may or may not be available inside your bedroom, but is generally available in all study lounges, cafes, and libraries.