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Please review our answers to frequently asked residential life questions. If your question is not answered, please contact our office.

Incoming Student FAQs

Is there a curfew?

We treat all residents as young adults who are responsible for their own behavior. There is no curfew & there are no wakeup calls! 

What are bed assignments?

When you receive your room assignment toward the end of August, you also receive a bed assignment.  Bed assignments are randomly assigned. Every resident is expected to respect them but changes can be negotiated with your roommates.

How safe is campus?

It is important for residents to take responsibility for their own security by keeping their room door locked, never loaning out their keys or giving out their pin, using the community escort service, not walking alone on campus, & keeping roommates informed of where they are. 

UC San Diego has a California sworn police department that is very sensitive to student needs. Each college has 2 University Safety Officials (USOs), who are in contact by radio with campus police & work from 9 pm to 6 am doing rounds around the residential area. 

What are Dining Dollars/Triton Cash?

Dining Dollars:

  • Meal plan that is joint with housing contract (package plan, can’t have one without the other)

  • No refunds if you do not use all of your Dining dollars at the end of the academic year but dining dollars roll over every quarter.

  • Can only be used in HDH dining facilities/markets

Triton Cash:

  • Prepaid spending account that is linked to campus ID

  • Use in many places like the bookstore, anywhere Dining Dollars is accepted, paying for rec classes, campus coffee shops

  • Some dining dollar packages come with a Triton Cash bonus (For example, the $3749 package comes with a $50 Triton Cash bonus)

  • Balance does not expire; rolls over into next academic year

What is the social life like at Muir College?

There are tons of things to do and participate in, both campus-wide and at Muir College. Muir College has over 15 student orgs you can join including Gourmet Muir, Muir College Council, Muir Residents’ Council, FOOSH (comedy Improv), Tribe of Muir Transfers, Muir Environmental Corps, Muir Organizing Board, etc. HAs and residents also plan house events, programs & activities.

How does parking work on campus?

First and second year students: Can purchase daily passes at pay stations and D parking permits only. Resident students must complete an application to be considered to purchase a parking permit (can apply for an exception to this policy).

Alternatively, students can download the Pronto app on their phone with their UC San Diego email and follow steps online to get a free U-pass. This pass is good for all local San Diego transit buses & all UC San Diego shuttles, including the city shuttle that connects the UC San Diego campus with a portion of local off-campus housing, shopping malls, & the beach.

General Residence Questions

What do I do if I get locked out?

  • On weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm, go to the Muir Residential Life office for all lockouts at no charge.
  • On weekdays from 4:30pm-9:00pm and weekends between 9:00am-9:00pm, call the House Advisor on duty at 858-534-DUTY (3889) for no charge. [During the academic year ONLY]
  • Any weekend from 9:00pm-9:00am, any weekday from 9:00pm-8:00am, or university-observed holidays, call Campus Police at 858-534-HELP(4357). There will be a $25 charge to your student account any time Campus Police performs a lockout.

What if I lose my room key?

Go to the Muir Residential Life Office and request a new room key. A $10 replacement key fee will be charged to your student account.

How do I pick up or request a student ID card?

  • The Campus Card Office is available through appointment only. For more information go to
  • You must return to the Residential Life office with your new ID in order for your ID to unlock your room door.
  • Any temporary keycards you had during this process must be returned to the office.