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UC Santa Cruz does not investigate, inspect, endorse or guarantee the condition of a rental, nor does it recommend or judge the suitability of a potential landlord. Rental advertisement information has been obtained from sources believed reliable. UC Santa Cruz has not verified it and makes no guarantee, warranty or representation about it. You and your advisors should conduct a careful, independent investigation of the property to determine to your satisfaction the suitability of the rental property for your needs. UC Santa Cruz is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus housing arrangement and does not endorse or sponsor any of the agencies, services, advertisements, properties or landlords included on the website. Students are under no obligation to use this service or rent from companies or individuals listed. UC Santa Cruz assumes no responsibility for contracts/leases between individuals.



  1. Security Deposits:
    1. Security deposit not to exceed 2 month’s rent for unfurnished units, and not to exceed 3 month’s rent for furnished units. California Civil Code 1950.5 Law section
  2. Non-Refundable Fees:
    1. No non-refundable cleaning fees allowed per California Civil Code 1950.5 Law section
    2. Application fees not to exceed $52.46 per CA Civil Code 1950.6 Law section
  3. Smoke Alarms/CO2 Alarms:
    1. Smoke/CO2 alarm required by law: Cal. Health & Safety Code § 13113.7 Law section and 2010 California Code :: Health and Safety Code :: Chapter 8. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act Of 2010. Homes that are constructed after 1992 are required by California law to have hardwired smoke detectors, while those built prior to 1992 can have battery-operated units.
    2. Santa Cruz County requirements for Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    3. City of Santa Cruz requirements for Residential Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  4. Vouchers - Section 8:
    1. On October 8, 2019, Gavin Newsom signed a law, SB 329 to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers to pay their rent (read more here). Listings cannot state that vouchers are not accepted. 
  5. No Discriminatory Language:
    1. No discriminatory language is allowed in listings, including “Professional”, “single”, “safe” or “secure”, “grad student”, “year in school”, a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to them, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, medical condition, or age), as well as any other discriminatory terms.
    2. No preferential language is allowed in listings about what type of UCSC affiliate may apply (no statements about “Faculty only”, etc.)

  6. Listing Restrictions:
    1. Bedrooms cannot be listed in other spaces such as a living room, dining room, walk-in closet, garage, RV, etc.
    2. Short-term listings that are less than an academic term or summer session will not be allowed.


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COVID-19 and Off-Campus Housing
Mar 20, 2020

This is a very unique time in the world with ramifications for the off-campus housing industry. We encourage everyone to stay calm, work together, and check trusted sources for updates. Read more here. 

Resources for COVID-19 Updates:

United States - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Government of Canada - Health Department
Ontario Ministry of Health
World Health Organization

180 Campuses on Places4Students.com!
Jul 21, 2020

We have expanded our Partner School list to over 180 campuses and now have the following academic institutions added to our service:

  1. Augustana College
  2. College of Naturopathic Medicine
  3. Community Colleges of Spokane
  4. Concordia University
  5. Dixie State University
  6. Drew University
  7. Hanson Canada
  8. Humboldt State University
  9. Insignia College
  10. Keene State College
  11. Loyola University Chicago
  12. McGill University
  13. Max the Mutt College of Animation
  14. Mohawk College
  15. Monmouth University
  16. Pacific Rim College
  17. Plymouth State University
  18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  19. San Francisco State University
  20. Sault College
  21. Seton Hall University
  22. Slippery Rock University
  23. Southern Alberta Institute of Tech (SAIT)
  24. Southern New Hampshire University
  25. Stevens Institute of Technology
  26. Texas Christian University
  27. University of Maine
  28. University of Manitoba
  29. University of New Brunswick
  30. University of New Hampshire School of Law
  31. University of Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  32. University of Rochester
  33. University of Southern Maine
  34. Washington State University Yakima
Places4Students.com Mobile App!
Oct 13, 2020

Our mobile app is available for download! For details visit:

 iPhone users click here

 Android users click here 

The app is exclusively for students and aims to simplify the process for them to search for off-campus accommodations, roommates or sublets. It will also help landlords to connect with potential tenants more efficiently; as students can contact them directly through the app!

Landlords will still register and manage their online rental listings through our website, not the mobile app.

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