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 first year housing community at UC Irvine!  Centrally located just off of Ring Road between Social Science and Engineering, Middle Earth has 24 residence halls ranging in size from 45 to 75 beds. Rooms are grouped into suites (single gender or co-ed), with common space for studying or socializing. Most rooms are double- or triple-occupancy, but some single-occupancy rooms are also available. Most halls are co-ed, though all-female, all-male, and gender neutral options are available. Each hall has a living room, small kitchen, and laundry facilities.

Find Your Theme

Do you want to learn about Research Opportunities on campus? Are you thinking about Study Abroad or maybe about a Career in Teaching? Whatever your interests, there is a special interest hall or hall cluster theme for you in Middle Earth! Check out the theme options (listed on the right) and find out how living in Middle Earth can support your Academic and Career Options, Interpersonal Relationships, Health and Safety Strategies, and more!

Meal Plans and Dining Facilities

All students living in the residence halls hold a meal plan, and each res-hall community has a dining commons that serves three meals a day, Monday-Friday, and two meals a day on Saturday & Sunday. Check out your dining options at

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!

Construction activities have begun on the Middle Earth Expansion, scheduled to open for fall 2019. 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 2018. 

Contact Middle Earth