How to Apply - Incoming Freshmen

Newly admitted first-year students who follow application procedures and meet deadlines are guaranteed on-campus housing. While we do our best to meet your housing preferences, we cannot guarantee a specific campus location, hall or room type.

There are a number of factors that affect room assignment, including room environment preferences, room/hall gender designations and participation in residential Michigan Learning Communities.

  • Submitting an application is not a contractual commitment; you are not legally bound to a room or your contract until you submit the contract online.
  • If your completed application is not received within 30 days of the date of issue, the application will be cancelled. You may request another application and you will be assigned on-campus housing after all other applicants have been assigned, vacancies permitting.
  • Once an assignment has been made, it cannot be changed even if the contract has not been submitted. If you refuse an assignment, University Housing will not offer you another assignment until the first day of classes, vacancies permitting.
  • Factors that are not part of the standard application, including your academic unit, employment location or family alumni status, are not considered when housing assignments are made.
  • First-year students are not guaranteed an assignment to a room with other first-year students. It is possible that a first-year student may be assigned to a room with upper level undergraduate students.
  • Students who are 17 years old at the time their contract starts will be placed in spaces with first-year students. Due to differences in students under the age of 17, special considerations or conditions may be necessary to accommodate their residency. University Housing does not, except in rare situations, house students under the age of 16.
  • University Housing will work with students in an interactive process to accommodate requests related to disabilities, chronic health conditions, gender identity and religious observance. See the specific sections in the housing application instructions for more information.
  • University Housing, as a part of the University of Michigan, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
  • Freshman students are not required to live in University Housing although 97% opt to do so.

Fall Term 2018 Timeline

Freshman Online Application Instructions

Read the instructions before you begin your application. These instructions provide a clear outline of your options as well as access to your application (once you have received your email notification).

Early April- August

Application availability: Beginning in early April, application emails are sent weekly, as enrollment deposits are received. If you have not received an email within three weeks of submitting your enrollment deposit and it is after April 3, contact the Housing Information Office at or 734-763-3164.

May 7

Deadline for submitting applications for the first round of housing assignments. Submitting an application for this round does not guarantee that you will receive your preferences. Applications received after this date are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

June - August

A message will be sent to your University email account when your contract is ready for review. Contracts must be submitted online within three days from the date of contract notification. Assignment information is not provided over the telephone.

First Week of August

Mailing address, roommate notification, approximate room dimensions and move-in information (including your unloading permit, driving directions and time slot selection) become available online. This date varies from year to year.

August 31

Fall term room and board payment is due.

August 29 - August 31: Move-In

Undergraduate move-in begins Wednesday for students in approved programs. General move-in is Thursday and Friday and is determined by an online time slot selection process. More information will be available throughout the summer.


University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Phone: (734) 763-3164