Themes in the Residence Halls

Housing Specifics:

Mixed Gender Floors

Unless otherwise specified most students will be assigned onto mixed gender floors. Students live on a mixed gender floor in neighboring rooms on the same hall or floor and share a commitment to cooperative living through respect and consideration for one another. Bedrooms are single-gender spaces while the bathroom is shared and designed for ample privacy.

Single Gender Floors

Residents of a single gender live on these floors. Guests of all genders are welcome as visitors; however, bathrooms are designated to the single gender of those living on the floor.

Substance Free Living

All living at Cowell is expected to be completely substance free for all students under the age of 21 and limited for those 21 and older, what this means is:

  • No smoking or use of any tobacco products is allowed on UCSC campus as a whole.
  • No use of or possession of marijuana or of any other illegal drugs.
  • No drinking of or possession of alcoholic substances unless you are 21 years of age.
  • Presence on the floor while intoxicated is not allowed.

Any student found in violation of these expectations may be subject to loss of housing

  • In addition residents are responsible for the actions of their guests, and their adherence to all of the above provisions. If a guest is in violation the host will be adjudicated.

Theme Communities


Diversity and Social Justice House

This residence hall is dedicated to celebrating the diversity of cultures and identities in addition to fostering a respectful and considerate community. Students from different backgrounds have the opportunity to learn from each other in a culturally rich and diverse living environment.

LGBTQ&A Floor:

The LGBTQ&A floor is a safe and open living environment for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning or allies. This community is located within the Diversity and Social Justice House.