Residence hall food is served cafeteria-style, three times a day with a wide selection of food including fresh fruit, an array of salads, and several choices for entree, daily soups, and sandwich bar. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at every meal. Reasonable accommodations may be made for other special dietary needs.
Residential advisors (RAs) organize and help conduct activities each week. COSMOS offers a variety of fun activities, such as team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer), social events (dance lessons, karaoke and movie night), and special events. In addition, there will be weekend trips to local sites of interest.
Over the weekend students will have ample opportunities for social and recreational activities. There will also be time for laundry, sleeping and phone calls home! Weekend field trips to the beach and the Boardwalk are woven in to the schedule.
Students have the option of being signed out of the program by a parent or guardian on Friday evening from 4-7pm. If signed out, students have two options for returning: 1. Friday night in the 9-10pm timeframe or 2. Sunday evening in the 5-6:30pm timeframe.
Staff & Safety
The COSMOS staff at UC Santa Cruz includes professional live-in staff, and UC Santa Cruz undergraduate Residential Assistants. Prior to the start of COSMOS, all staff goes through extensive training and are CPR/First Aid certified. COSMOS policies are put in place to keep the students safe at all times. Please refer to the handbook for further specifics.