Residence Halls

Middle Earth is not only a place where Hobbits live in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is also a housing community at UC Irvine! Centrally located just off of Ring Road between Social Science and Engineering, Middle Earth is made up of residential communities (24 classic halls and 5 tower floors), each with 49 - 117 residents. Classic halls offer single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms, and tower buildings offer double- and triple-occupancy rooms. Most residential communities are mixed-gender, though all-female and gender-inclusive (see Open House theme hall) options are available. Each residential community has spaces for studying and socializing, a small kitchen, and laundry facilities.

Theme Communities

Middle Earth theme communities provide opportunities to explore your interests and talents, build relationships, learn and grow. Do you want to learn about Research Opportunities on campus? Are you interested in the Performing Arts? Check out the theme options (listed on the right) and find out how living in Middle Earth can support  academics and career exploration, interpersonal relationships, and more!

Meal Plans and Dining Facilities

All students living in the residence halls are required to hold a meal plan, and each res-hall community has a dining facility that serves three meals a day, Monday-Friday, and two meals a day on Saturday & Sunday. More information here.

What do residents say about Middle Earth?

  • "Living in Middle Earth is like a dream come true: Convenient on-campus location, friendly staff and residents, and everyone comes to eat lunch or dinner here - What more could you ask for?”
  • "The convenience and atmosphere of Middle Earth are the best! It's really allowed me to adapt well to college life."
  • "Middle Earth creates a welcoming environment that is close-knit and allows a safe place for residents to meet new people."

Middle Earth is Growing!

The Middle Earth Expansion will open in Fall 2019! New facilities include two residential towers (connected on each floor via community spaces for socializing and study), a dining facility, study lounge, recreational space, and administrative offices. The More information here.

View Photos and Videos

Check out residence hall photos and videos on Facebook, YouTube, and the Housing Tours page. In-person tours of the residence halls will be offered in Spring 2019. 

Contact Middle Earth