Approximately 5,000 new students (new freshmen and transfer students) and some returning UCSB students will begin moving in to both on-campus and off-campus residence halls this weekend, September 15-16.

About 2,600 will be housed in six campus dormitories and another 1,500 new students will live in privately-owned, university-affiliated dormitories.

Other students have opted to take rooms in privately-owned apartments in Isla Vista, Goleta, and other nearby communities.

UCSB staff members and students will be on hand to help students settle into their new homes, meet their new roommates, and provide information about orientation activities planned for the week preceding the first day of classes on Monday, Sept. 24.

Demand, especially among entering freshmen, for on-campus rooms has resulted in a decision by housing officials to offer the approximately 200 students on a waiting list an opportunity to triple up in rooms in three of the residence halls.

They will be moving in to Anacapa Hall, Santa Cruz Hall, and Santa Rosa Hall, all of which are two-story buildings facing the ocean, on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The affected students will each save $1,658 on room and board for the academic year.

The majority of students will move in on Sunday beginning at about 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

Although the official student tally will not be available until students file their packets in the third week of classes, those who have sent in fees with their statements of intent to register indicate that UCSB's total fall enrollment will be about 20,000.

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