Please note: Your housing contract is a legally binding agreement, requiring you to follow certain steps to cancel. You are financially responsible for your contract until cancellation has been approved. Cancellation charges apply.
Before Move-In -- Undergraduate Housing Contract Cancellation
The deadline for pre-move-in cancellation requests was 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16. Please contact Housing Administrative Services if you have questions. (949) 824-6811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Move-In -- Undergraduate Housing Contract Cancellation Requests
Occasionally, serious circumstances arise that lead residents to request a contract cancellation. Cancellation requests submitted after the start date of the contract are subject to approval from Student Housing and require documentation. Requesting a cancellation does NOT guarantee that one will be granted. Roommate conflicts, noise, construction nuisances, or dissatisfaction with a meal plan will not be considered as valid reasons for cancellation of the housing contract. Residents who leave housing without proper authorization for contract cancellation will be held responsible to the terms of their housing contract. Simply moving out or turning in keys does not constitute release from contractual obligations. Also be aware that there is a $250.00 liquidated damages fee assessed for all approved contract cancellations.
Student Housing reserves the right to cancel a contract if it is determined that a student has violated housing contract provisions or the rules of the University of California, or engaged in conduct otherwise detrimental to the welfare of themselves or other students. Students whose contracts are cancelled by Student Housing will be charged a $250 liquidated damages fee. Parents of students who are under 18 years of age or of students who were under 18 at the time of contract signing will be notified in the event of a housing contract cancellation. *Cancellation of a housing contract during the freshman year will result in forfeiture of the 2-year housing guarantee.*
Contract release requests will be classified as follows:
Group A: Marriage, Transfer, or Withdrawal from UC Irvine
Requests due to marriage must be accompanied by a certified marriage certificate as verification that the marriage took place during the term of the contract. Residents ceasing to be a regularly enrolled, registered UCI student must present written verification of withdrawal. These requests for cancellation are automatically approved upon receipt of supporting documentation. Group A requests are not subject to the "release upon finding a replacement" stipulation in the housing contract.)
Group B: Verifiable Hardship
A verifiable hardship is defined as an extraordinary circumstance that has arisen since the contract was signed that now makes it impossible to meet contractual obligations. Examples include drastic changes in financial situations and illness. Both must be supported with written verification of hardship. Verifiable hardship is evaluated on a case by case basis, and is not guaranteed to result in a release from contractual obligations.
Group C: Mid-Year Move
This includes moving to another on-campus residence, an off-campus residence, or moving back home for any reason other than those stated above. Students are strongly advised not to sign another lease, make a deposit, or in any other way obligate themselves for alternative housing prior to the stated end date of their housing contract. Group C requests will not be approved unless unforeseeable circumstances would make it prudent for the Housing Office to make an exception.
Group D: Military Deployment
Residents may terminate their contract with no penalty when they are deployed. Residents should notify their housing community and provide documentation of their deployment orders. These requests for cancellation are automatically approved upon receipt of supporting documentation.
Cancellation Request Form
Cancellation requests are subject to administrative review and require documented change of circumstance. Simple preference is not sufficient grounds for cancelling a housing contract, and students are advised not to commit to another housing arrangement prior to a decision from Student Housing on any cancellation request. Submit a completed Contract Cancellation Request form to your community housing office, and call the housing office to set up an appointment for the review of your request. All documents will be kept confidential. Group A and Group D requests are reviewed immediately; all others are reviewed at the end of each quarter.
Please note that Student Housing may contact other on-campus departments for verification when we receive a cancellation request.
It is the goal of Student Housing to fill vacancies immediately. Residents do not have the authority to refuse potential roommates/apartment-mates.
Where possible, attempts are made to coordinate mid-year assignments based on the information each student provides on their online Personal Information Form, and to notify students in advance of a new assignment to your living environment.
Residents may be charged for lost revenue of a vacant space if conditions or situations in a room/apartment make it difficult to fill a vacant space. This includes not maintaining a clean and safe environment, being rude to prospective residents, not leaving enough space within the room for someone else’s belongings, or driving current roommates/apartment-mates out of the living environment by being uncooperative and/or intolerable.
When you have been approved to move out, you must adhere to the following checkout procedures:
- You must complete all cancellation forms required by your community.
- A room inspection with Housing Staff is required (except in Campus Village).
- You must return all keys issued by the Housing Office and sign appropriate paperwork.
- You must submit a forwarding address card.
Please contact your community Housing Office or your RA for specific information. Failure to comply with move-out procedures (i.e., moving out late or not returning keys in a timely manner) may result in a financial assessment. The Housing Office cannot guarantee the security of any items left behind.
Graduate & Family Housing Lease Termination
Requests for early lease termination are subject to administrative review. Contact your assigned housing community for more information.