Apartment Resident Assistant - UA North

Help make University Apartments North a great place to live for everybody! Become an Apartment Resident Assistant (ARA)!

How To Become an ARA

Recruitment process timeline for the 2023-2024 academic year.

  1. Monday, November 28, 2022 at 12pm, Noon (PST): Housing RA Application Opens.
  2. Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (PST): Application Closes.
  3. Thursday, February 2nd, 2023: Candidates Notified if offered or not offered a Group Process Interview.
  4. Monday, February 6th, 2023 - Friday, February 17th, 2023: Group Process Interview Days.
  5. Monday, February 20th, 2023 - Friday, February 24th, 2023: Individual Interview Days (For those who are moved on from Group Process).
  6. Monday, March 13th, 2023 (Tentative): Final Decisions made.

*In the event that the timeline changes, candidates will be notified.

RA/ARA Application 2023-24 is now closed.


The Recruitment Committee encourages potential candidates to attend an Residential Life info session! This is an opportunity to learn more about the position from current ARAs have your questions answered, and better understand the recruitment process.

ARA Information Session #1

  • Thursday November 17th 2022 6pm-7pm (Graduate Only)
  • Thursday November 17th 2022 7pm-8pm (Undergraduate Only)
  • Both sessions will be located in the Tipuana Multi-Purpose Room

ARA Information Session #2

  • Wednesday January 11th 2023 5pm-6pm (Undergraduate Only)
  • Wednesday January 11th 2023 6pm-7pm (Graduate Only)
  • Both sessions will be via Zoom https://tinyurl.com/UCLAResLifeInfo

FAQ: Housing Application for ARA Candidates

I am applying to be an ARA, should I still apply for housing?

Yes - If you are interested in living in university housing, we encourage you to submit a housing application by the deadline. In the event that you are hired, your deposit will be returned.

What is an Apartment Resident Assistant?

Apartment Resident Assistants (ARA) are live-in, part-time (44%) student staff. ARAs are responsible for the administration and implementation of the community development and student support program in a residential community. Under the supervision of a Resident Director, ARAs perform the following functions:

  1. Foster and develop community among residents
  2. Counsel residents regarding problems or concerns and provide resource and referral information
  3. Maximize positive resident interaction and their interaction with the campus community
  4. Promote, develop, and implement programs to meet departmental goals
  5. Know and enforce University Apartments Housing Regulations and document any student concerns
  6. Help to maintain the safety and general well-being of residents
  7. Provide Duty coverage for the University Apartments off campus housing community on a rotating basis. ARAs provide coverage from 8:00pm to 7:00am
  8. Attend Monday Night staff meetings from 6PM-9PM, Fall training typically starting last week August, Fall Team Training and Development (TTD), and other Resident Life developmental trainings that occur throughout the year.
  9. Other duties as assigned

The functions of all ARAs are the same; however the manner in which functions are implemented may vary according to the specific community assignment.

Compensation and Perks

  1. Room & bi-weekly stipend
  2. Get résumé boosting experience in leadership, problem-solving and communications.
  3. It’s a really fun job and you get to make a real difference in the Bruin community!

Dates of Employment

Candidates are considered for an appointment of the full academic year (10 months) to a University Apartment undergraduate or graduate off-campus community. Employment will start with training either the last week of August or the first week of September 2023. Employment start date and training details will be provided to those selected for hire to consider before accepting job offer. Participation in Fall training and ongoing training during the academic year is mandatory.


  1. Current undergraduate or graduate UCLA student at time of employment (must maintain full-time enrollment per quarter.
  2. Undergraduate Housing ARA position is open to all undergraduate students. Preference for current UAN residents, transfer students, and current/prior RAs and Resident Government Council members.
  3. The Graduate Housing ARA position is open to all current and admitted graduate students with preference given to current students or students with previous Residential Life experience.
  4. Maintain 2.3 minimum cumulative GPA at time of application, hire, and/or rehire (beginning of Fall Quarter of each academic year).
  5. Employment in the Apartment Resident Assistant job is contingent on successfully passing background checks including student conduct records and state/national crime records.

If you have questions about your specific employment eligibility (ex. student visas), you can contact HR@orl.ucla.edu


For general questions about this position or the recruitment process, please email ResLifeUA@orl.ucla.edu