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Be Our Guest at UC Merced

Need a place to stay during orientation? Have a long drive to UC Merced and don’t want to drive back the same day? Come stay with us.

Get a glimpse of on-campus living by staying in one of our suite-style accommodations for your orientation session. Staying on campus during orientation allow new students to meet some of their peers and their families. New Bobcats can also get acquainted with Merced and find out where everything is located.

Reservations and Payment

For reservations, please contact the Hospitality Services office at 209-228-4268 or Orientation housing is $25 per person, per night. Once a reservation is made, Hospitality Services staff will send a confirmation within three business days. Confirmations will include reservation details and instructions on how to pay online. Payments must be made prior to arrival. Cash or checks will not be accepted.

Reservation Deadlines

Availability of orientation housing is limited and reservations close two weeks prior to the orientation session date. Reservations are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. We highly recommend guests to reserve well in advance of the deadline date.

Check In

Hospitality Services staff will be on hand for check in from 2-10 p.m. in Tenaya 190. Guests will receive directions to our office in your reservation confirmation email and must present a photo ID at check in. Families will receive one key and one access card for their room and building. Please contact our office prior to arrival if you will not be able to make it to the office by 10 p.m.

Check Out

Hospitality Services staff will be on hand for check out in Tenaya 190 from 7-11 a.m. A room or rooms must be vacated of all belongings, and any keys or access cards must be returned during check out. Failure to check out during this timeframe may result in additional charges.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be received no less than 24 hours prior to arrival. Guests will be charged the full amount of a reservation if Hospitality Services receives a cancellation after 2 p.m. on the day prior to a scheduled arrival. Please contact our office at 209-228-4268 to cancel. Please follow up with an email to confirm your request for cancellation at A Hospitality Services representative will contact guests by phone or email to confirm a cancellation request has been received and approved.


The main parking lot for UC Merced is the Bellevue Parking Lot. Parking regulations are enforced on campus from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests arriving during these hours will need to buy a parking pass at the self-serve kiosks. Parking passes are not included in the overnight guest accomodations rate. Any parking passes given to families by orientation staff members must be displayed as instructed. Maps will be sent in your confirmation email.

Dining Options

Our Pavilion Dining Center is within walking distance of guest housing and will be open for incoming students and their families to enjoy. Hours of operation are located on the UC Merced Dining Services website. If you have time to explore the city of Merced, please visit the Promenade located approximately three miles from campus at Paulson and Yosemite avenues. Guests can enjoy various cuisines, grab a coffee or visit the ATM.

Students with Disabilities

Rooms located on the first floor of guest housing will be available for guests in need of accommodations. If specific housing accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact us prior to your arrival date so we may provide assistance.


Contact our team to plan your next event!

Debbie Henderson, CMP
Director, UC Merced Hospitality Services