Fall 2014 Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions before you begin the application process. It is important that you fully understand your options so you can make the best choices for your needs and correctly communicate your housing preferences to avoid delays.

You may have older friends, siblings or other relatives who have lived in a U-M residence hall. While their experiences are valuable, our policies and procedures have changed over the years and their advice may no longer apply. Please refer to this website and the Housing Information Office for up-to-date information.

Room Environment

Residents and guests in any part of a University Housing facility are expected to comply with federal and local regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs.

All University Housing rooms and apartments are smoke-free. Each year, a percentage of our living spaces are designated as substance-free. Substance-free rooms offer an additional measure of support for students who choose not to drink, smoke, or use drugs.

Read more about substance-free housing to determine if this option is right for you.

Room Types, Rates & Meal Plans

At the University of Michigan, room and board rates are determined by the basic room type, regardless of features and amenities such as air conditioning, room size, whether or not a building is new or renovated, location or proximity to dining. Most freshmen will be assigned to double or triple rooms, however, some singles are available. The University of Michigan Board of Regents approves final room and board rates in the spring of each year. We post these rates on our website as soon as they become available, usually mid to late June.

On your housing application, you will be asked to choose and rank two groups. You can be assigned to any of the room types within your group preferences. We will only assign you to a  Group A or Group B rate if it is your first or second choice on your application.

NOTE: Not all room types are listed in the boxes below.

GroupRoom Type GroupTypical  Rate*
Group ASingle$12,228
Group B

2-room triple with private bath
NW III single in 3-person apartment
2-room quad with private bath

$12,228
Group C

Double
Baits 2-room double with shared bath
Baits double with shared bath
Oxford 2-room quad
NW III double in 3-person apartment  
NW III 2 occupants share one bedroom apartment

$10,246
Group DTriple
Quad
Fletcher 2-room triple
$9,060

*These rates include the Unlimited Basic Plan, although you will be able to select your desired meal plan when submitting your contract.  

Bathroom Types

When choosing your room type preference, you will also be asked to rank your bathroom preference. Available choices are:

  • Northwood III apartment (shared bathroom and kitchen with 1-2 other people)
  • Residence hall room - non-community bath (shared bathroom with 1-4 other people)
  • Residence hall room - community bath (share bathroom with 10-60 people)

The majority of rooms with non-community baths are located in Baits.  Baits rooms feature a suite configuration with a connected or associated bathroom shared by two to five suitemates of the same gender.

Very few rooms with non-community baths are available in the central campus/hill area. Those that are have a rate type of RH-2.

Students in suites/apartments/rooms with private bath are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. 

Campus Neighborhoods

U-M residence halls are located in one of three neighborhoods: Central Campus, the Hill and North Campus. You will be asked to rank whether you would prefer a residence hall located on Central Campus/the Hill or North Campus.

Please be advised that approximately 70% of freshmen live in one of the North Campus residences (residence halls and apartments) and that many freshmen-eligible spaces in Central Campus and Hill Area residences are dedicated to students in Michigan Learning Communities.

Co-ed/Non-Co-ed Living

  • All female halls accomodate only females. The University of Michigan does not offer any all male halls.
  • Single-Gender Corridors are corridors within co-ed residence halls in which all residents are of the same gender.
  • Co-ed Corridors are corridors within co-ed residence halls in which roommates are the same gender, but oppositely gendered residents live in the hall. Bathrooms in the hall are designated as male or female bathrooms. You will not be assigned to a co-ed corridor unless you request it or are admitted into a Michigan Learning Community that consists mostly of co-ed corridors.

Roommate Requests

If you would like to request a specific roommate or roommates, consider the following:

  • Michigan Learning Community (MLC) applications take precedence over roommate requests. If you are admitted to an MLC, roommate requests may not be considered. Further, it is conceivable one roommate will be admitted and one will not.
  • Roommate requests take precedence over all other preferences including campus neighborhood. Historically, the majority of students who request roommates are assigned to the North Campus Neighborhood.
  • To request a roommate, ALL roommates must:

  • Enter the 8-digit U-M student ID number of the other roommates on the application before it is submitted.
  • Submit their applications on the same day. If your requested roommate(s) has not received a housing application, you will need to wait to submit your application until your requested roommate receives his/her application.
  • Request the same campus neighborhood, the same room environment, the same Room Type Group, and the same bathroom type.
  • Students with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

    Accommodations for disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. University Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, please complete and submit the Documentation for Accommodation Needs form and attach any requested documentation within five days of housing application submission. You may also wish to contact the Housing Information Office to speak with a Housing Advisor about your specific needs. Conditions that may require accommodation include, but are not limited to: significant mobility disability, deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, diabetes, mental health disorders, and/or significant temporary health condition, such aschemotherapy treatment or surgical recovery.

    Learn more about accommodations for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

    Religious Observance

    Religiously observant Jewish students who follow vehicular travel restrictions may submit a request for special consideration to live in Oxford Houses, Fletcher, or Barbour Hall (females only). Hillel and Chabad House are located within a reasonable walking distance of these residence halls. This request must be supported with an Accommodation for Religious Observance form and a letter from the student's rabbi. The letter should state that it is the normal practice of the applying student not to drive or ride in a vehicle from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and on other holidays. Students who are prohibited from using electronic locks on the Sabbath may also use this form to request manual keys. The form and letter must be received within five business days of application submission. This request will take priority over all other preferences, including roommate requests.  Students who are applying to a Michigan Learning Community are strongly encouraged to complete this form in the event admission to the MLC is not offered.

    Learn more about accommodations for religiously observant students.

    Gender-Inclusive Housing

    University Housing works to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive living experience for all students. We offer gender-inclusive housing that is supportive of students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Housing assignments are made on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in a gender-inclusive room or apartment space, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Learn more about gender-inclusive housing.

    Michigan Learning Communities

    Michigan Learning Communities (MLCs) draw together a diverse group of students and faculty who share common intellectual interests and goals. These interests range from community service to cutting-edge research to foreign languages to health sciences. MLCs combine the personal attention of a small college environment with the unparalleled resources of a large research university.

    If you are interested in participating in a Michigan Learning Community, you will be prompted to fill out the required application at the end of the University Housing Freshman Housing Application. We recommend that you view the MLC application instructions and essay questions before you begin the online process.

    Begin the Application Process

    If you have read these guidelines and it is on or after your application available date posted in the email received from University Housing, you can use the button below to apply for housing starting April 7.

    Apply now!

    Once you have submitted your housing application, you will have the ability to review your preferences and housing status.

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

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