2017-2018 Freshman Honors Housing Information

If you have applied for on-campus housing, you should receive both your housing contract offer and Residence Hall Personal Information (PI) Form from UC Irvine Student Housing in the middle of May. Please make a note of all deadlines connected with this contract. If you miss these deadlines, you will invalidate your housing offer/guarantee.

There are honors housing options in the Arroyo Vista, Mesa Court, and Middle Earth residential housing communities. The following information allows you to compare these options and explains how to indicate your interest in living in an honors residence hall or house in one of these communities. This information is based on the most current updates from Student Housing and is subject to change. Please keep an eye on your email for any changes or further updates to this information.

If living in honors housing is more important to you than the specific housing community that you live in, then follow these steps to increase your chances of receiving honors housing:

  • Question #7 in the Occupancy Preferences section of the Residence Hall PI Form reads, “For Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) students only: If you selected a theme preference for a Campuswide Honors Hall, please indicate your specific preference below.”

Select “Either CHP hall is fine.  No preference.”

  • Question #8 in the Occupancy Preferences section of the Residence Hall PI form reads, “Which placement criteria is most important to you—gender occupancy, room type, or hall theme?”

Select “Theme hall”

  • Respond promptly to the “CHP Freshman Survey – 2017” that will be emailed to you from the CHP Office in mid-June. This survey will allow you to elaborate on your housing preferences, and if selected for honors housing, will help us to pair you with a roommate.

Arroyo Vista

  • Arroyo Vista (AV) is a unique housing opportunity for Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) freshmen. AV is a housing community where each house has a different “theme,” in our case, Campuswide Honors. This year AV will be available to first-year and continuing students. Each house is home to 16, 26, or 34 residents who live in double occupancy rooms and share a large kitchen, living room, study room, and laundry facilities. Residents prepare their own meals or may purchase a voluntary meal plan for use in residence hall dining facilities. Visit http://www.housing.uci.edu/housingOptions/Arroyo_Vista.html for more information on the AV housing community.
  • Some advantages of living in Arroyo Vista include:
    • The cost is significantly less than the Middle Earth or Mesa Court freshman housing communities.
    • The AV honors houses provide a small community in which you have the opportunity to meet upperclassmen in the CHP.
    • AV is located near the Anteater Recreation Center.
    • You can cook for yourself (a grocery store is within walking distance).
    • Shuttle buses are available to take you to the main campus.
  • We have limited spaces available in our AV honors houses for new incoming CHP freshmen for 2017-2018. We will fill those spaces on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you want to live in Arroyo Vista, you still need to complete your Residence Hall contract and PI Form by the stated deadlines in case we are not able to offer you an AV space.
  • To request a space in one of the Arroyo Vista honors houses, send an email to honors@uci.edu with your name, student ID# and a sentence indicating your preference for an honors house in Arroyo Vista.

Mesa Court

  • Mesa Court is one of two housing communities for first-year students. Mesa Court has 32 “classic” halls that range in size from 48-85 bed-spaces and three new towers, each housing 306 students. In the 32 “classic” halls, rooms are clustered in single-gender suites, with common space for studying or socializing. Most “classic” hall rooms are double-occupancy, but a limited number of single- and triple-occupancy rooms are also available. Each “classic” hall has a living room, small kitchen, and laundry facilities. The new “tower” rooms are all triples and quads situated on coed floors, and single gender room pairs will share a bathroom.  The “towers” are equipped with study space on every floor, a great room with kitchen, and laundry facilities.  Visit http://www.housing.uci.edu/housingOptions/Mesa_Court.html for more information on the Mesa Court housing community.
  • If you want to live in Mesa Court, you need to select Mesa Court as your Preferred Residence Hall Community on question #9 in the Occupancy Preferences section of the forthcoming Residence Hall PI Form.
  • Please note that if you list the Sierra Program as your first preference for theme in Mesa Court and you are selected for that hall, then you will be required to take a Sierra-related course your first year in addition to your regular CHP and major requirements.
  • Honors-themed housing is only offered in the Mesa Court “classic” halls.  There is not currently an honors housing option in the Mesa Court towers.
  • How to request a space in one of the Mesa Court honors halls (Arroyo and Loma) using the Occupancy Preferences section of your Residence Hall PI Form:
  1. Question #6 of the PI Form reads, “Please select three Theme preferences within Mesa Court.”

Select “Campuswide Honors Hall” as your 1st Choice theme preference.

  1. Question #7 of the PI Form reads, “For Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) students only: If you selected a theme preference for a Campuswide Honors Hall, please indicate your specific preference below.”

Select “The Academic Excellence/CHP hall in Mesa Court.”

Please note: selecting the “Either CHP hall is fine.  No preference.” answer option will increase your chances of receiving honors housing somewhere on campus, though it may not be in Mesa Court.


Middle Earth

  • Middle Earth is one of two housing communities for first year students. Middle Earth has 24 residence halls ranging in size from 45 to 75 bed-spaces. Rooms are grouped into suites (single gender or co-ed), with common space for studying or socializing. Most rooms are double- or triple-occupancy, but some single-occupancy rooms are also available. Most halls are co-ed, though all-female, all-male, and gender neutral options are available outside of honors housing. Each hall has a living room, small kitchen, and laundry facilities. Visit http://www.housing.uci.edu/housingOptions/Middle_Earth.html for more information on the Middle Earth housing community.
  • IMPORTANT MIDDLE EARTH UPDATE FROM STUDENT HOUSING: UCI is a growing campus and new construction is a fact of life for our faculty, staff, and students. This year, Student Housing will begin work on an expansion of Middle Earth Housing.  The Shire, the Middle Earth honors hall, is not bordering the construction site.  More information on what to expect from construction in Middle Earth will be provided during the summer.
  • If you want to live in Middle Earth, you need to select Middle Earth as your Preferred Residence Hall Community on question #9 in the Occupancy Preferences section of the forthcoming Residence Hall Personal Information (PI) form.
  • How to request a space in the Middle Earth honors hall (The Shire) using the Occupancy Preferences section of your Residence Hall PI Form:
  1. Question #3 on the PI Form reads, “Please select three Theme preferences within Middle Earth.”

Select “Campuswide Honors Hall” as your 1st Choice theme preference.

  1. Question #7 of the PI Form reads, “For Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) students only: If you selected a theme preference for a Campuswide Honors Hall, please indicate your specific preference below.”

Select “The Shire CHP hall in Middle Earth.”

Please note: selecting the “Either CHP hall is fine.  No preference.” answer option will increase your chances of receiving honors housing somewhere on campus, though it may not be in Middle Earth.


Special Notes

  • If you have potential non-CHP roommates, they can be considered for honors housing options as well. Just follow the instructions on your PI Form to indicate your preferred roommate. They must select you as their preferred roommate as well, and should also select the appropriate theme on their PI Form as listed above.
  • If you are offered a contract in a housing community OTHER THAN Mesa Court, Middle Earth, or Arroyo Vista, please note that honors housing is not available in that housing community.

Please keep an eye on your email for any changes or updates to this information. If you still have questions after carefully reading this information, please contact us with your specific questions by emailing honors@uci.edu, or calling (949) 824-5461.