Information for New Residential Students

Welcome new students!

Getting Online

Each campus residence will have 1-2 ethernet jacks per room. You may connect directly to the ethernet from your computer. ResNet can provide a “splitter” if you need to share your ethernet connection in a triple.

Some colleges have official UCSC wifi (CruzNet and Eduroam) services. For colleges without official wifi, ResNet can configure your personal wifi router to meet campus policies. More information

As of summer 2017, the following 25 residence halls have been converted to this all wireless system called ResWifi. As such, the use of personal routers are prohibited, as they will not work in these locations.


Turner, Parrington, Beard, Morison, Prescott, Parkman, Adams


Casa One through Casa Eight


Stephen Biko, Hong-Lim, Bayit Elie Wiesel, Casa Dolores Huerta

College 9

Hague (RH1), Gandhi (RH2), and Geneva (RH3)

College 10

Ohlone (RH4), Amnesty (RH5), and Angela Davis (RH6)


Preparing Your Computer for UCSC

To protect your computer and the university's network, make sure you prepare your computer before connecting on campus. 

Personally Owned Wifi Routers

CruzNet and eduroam wireless service are available in some but not all residential spaces. If CruzNet and eduroam are not available in your residence you will need to use a personal wifi router for wireless access, with the exception of the above twenty-five residence halls that have been upgraded to provide ResWiFi.

Computer/Printer Recommendations - Where to Purchase

Choosing a computer is a personal preference and should be based on your needs and financial constraints. UCSC supports both PC and Mac computers. For more information on supported computers and printers, see our Computers and Printers page, which include minimum computer specifications for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Connecting Gaming Consoles

The SafeConnect system requires login of all devices on the network. Since gaming consoles cannot process this gatekeeper program to login, consoles must be enrolled onto the network for it to be accepted on the ResNet line. You can easily self enroll a device by clicking on "Enroll a Device" on our ResNet website. Your request will then be processed by a technician and you will be notified once your device has been enrolled.

Peer to Peer Software

Peer-to-peer (P2P) software creates a distributed network for the purpose of sharing files.