New to Santa Cruz

The UCSC Academic Personnel Office website provides many resources to help you during your transition to Santa Cruz. Below are a few key topics. Please visit their website for the full list.

Children & Teens

Daycare, local schools, child & teen programs

Dual Career Resources

Significant other career resources

Food & Entertainment

Grocery store listings, fresh produce, local events

Health & Outdoor Recreation

Health and wellness resources, outdoor activity information

Housing & Lodging

UCSC Faculty and Staff Housing Office, community rentals

Moving Nuts & Bolts

Helpful moving tips, maps, utility companies. See also Moving/Relocation FAQ.


Pet friendly rentals in Santa Cruz, dog friendly places


UCSC transportation options, Santa Cruz Metro (city bus)



Please visit UCSC's Financial Affairs website to view the campus' Moving Expense Guide, along with the most current reimbursement forms. 

Your start-up letter should indicate the amount of money you will have available to move. You can either move yourself, and submit receipts for reimbursement, or use one of the vendors with whom we contract via a purchase order. You must comply with UCSC move policy to be eligible for reimbursement. Please contact UCSC's Financial Affairs Department for further information: 831-459-4488 or