The CHP has on-campus Honors Housing options in Middle Earth and Mesa Court residence halls (for entering freshmen), and Arroyo Vista (for freshmen and continuing honors students). While we recommend honors housing as a great way to become involved in an Honors community, it is not required. Students may also choose a non-honors housing option.
Generally, the honors options open to CHP freshmen are:
- The Shire (in Middle Earth) is reserved for incoming freshmen involved in the Campuswide Honors Program and offers the college residence hall experience, with the added benefit of participating in a unique living/learning community. Honors students living in The Shire are committed to excellence in their academic pursuits but also want to be involved and participate in campus life with other freshmen. They eat at the Pippin Dining Commons and have access to all of the rooms and facilities in Middle Earth.
- Loma and Arroyo (in Mesa Court) are residence hall options for freshman students (CHP and non-CHP) who are interested in an academically oriented residence hall experience in Mesa Court and want to be involved and participate in campus life with other freshmen. Arts majors and athletes will find these halls conveniently located for many of their needs. Students in these halls eat at the Anteatery and have access to all the rooms and facilities in the community.
- Arroyo Vista is a theme house community serving new and continuing undergraduates. Each house is home to 16, 24, or 32 residents who live in double occupancy rooms and share a large kitchen, living room, and study room. The living room and study room are on the ground floor and student rooms are on the upper floors. Some houses also offer a ground floor two-room suite (for 2 students). The number of CHP-themed houses in Arroyo Vista has varied slightly each year, ranging from 3 to 5, for a total of 76 to 108 spaces.
For non-freshmen CHP students, Honors Housing is also available in the Arroyo Vista housing community described above.
All honors housing options offer double occupancy rooms, with a few singles and triples available in some of the residence halls. They provide a valuable living/learning experience with other honors students, and the community spirit that is a special feature of the CHP extends into these honors housing options. CHP students bring to the living experience their vitality, creativity, and dedication to learning. Activities have included get-togethers with honors faculty, staff and students, movie nights, an international potluck, an off-campus retreat, study breaks, and other events (such as workshops and special speakers) that are dependent upon the interests of the residents. Some of the social and cultural events of the larger CHP are also based in these locations. Living in an honors housing option provides an ideal way to meet students from all disciplines and majors, form study groups, and get involved/stay involved with the CHP and the general campus.
After freshman year, non-honors housing options are also available to CHP students in Arroyo Vista academic theme/greek organization housing, Campus Village (on-campus apartments), and Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, Camino del Sol, and Puerta del Sol (non-UCI owned and managed communities that are also located on the east side of campus).
CHP students are guaranteed on-campus housing for as long as they remain in good standing with the Honors Program, complete all Housing application processes, and meet all specified deadlines. Special note: this guarantee is NOT for a specific housing community, hall/house, or room, and applies primarily to the annual on-campus housing application processes for new (during the application and acceptance process) and continuing students (during the fall quarter of each year).