Contracts, Policies, & Procedures
If you have submitted an online University Housing contract, it is available for your review at any time.
When it involves your Housing contract—or your conduct on campus—the following pages give you the ins, outs, dos, don’ts and all the instructions you’ll need so you can start living at Michigan.
Your Housing contract spells out what we will do for you—and what you agree to do in return. Once you sign it, the contract is legal and binding and cannot be broken except in very specific situations.
Community Living at Michigan (CLAM), a handbook (pdf), is a legally binding adjunct to your Housing contract. Signing your contract signals your agreement to abide by the rules, policies and regulations presented in this handbook.
More Contract Essentials
- You agree to pay us the full amount of room, board (if applicable) and other fees or charges assessed under the terms of the contract until the contract is completed or is terminated by University Housing.
- The contract is binding until the contract period expires or you withdraw from the University of Michigan. There are no exceptions if you are an enrolled U-M student.
- Once we offer you a Housing contract, we can’t change your room/apartment assignment.
- For undergraduates living in a residence hall or the Northwood III apartments, a room swap or the waitlist process are possible methods for finding another room or apartment after you’ve signed your contract, but there are no guarantees.
- Residents of Northwood IV and V may explore the option of an apartment transfer.
- Your Housing contract is NOT automatically renewed from year to year. If you live in a residence hall or Northwood I, II, or III, and you plan to stay with us for a second year (or third or fourth), you will need to participate in the Housing Sign-Up process that begins each year in January. If you live in Northwood IV or V and wish to continue living with us, you will need to submit a renewal request, which is typically available in March.
- Contract termination is essential if you are leaving University Housing for any reason, including study abroad, work co-op or withdrawal from the University. Even if the contract has not yet begun, please notify the Housing Information Office immediately if you will not be an enrolled University of Michigan student on the Ann Arbor campus. For more information, review the undergraduate contract termination and the graduate contract termination sections.
- Meal Plan changes (if applicable) can be made as often as necessary within the first month of each term.
Living at Michigan Credo
The University of Michigan is a special place. It is an educational community designed to foster freedom of thought and unconventional, even uncomfortable, opinions. It attempts to provide an environment conducive to inquiry, in which innovation and creativity are nurtured. Part of this openness to ideas is an acceptance and appreciation of diverse cultures from around the country and around the world; an allowance not only for people to be different, but a recognition that such diversity is the vital core of University life. University Housing is committed to an inclusive, sensitive, socially just and humane community in our residence halls and apartments.
Many students use their college years to explore and develop their personal identity and values. We believe this exploration can best take place in an environment that is open to and respectful of individuals across the spectrum of human differences and distinctions. It is the responsibility of every member of the Housing community, staff and students alike, to work to create and maintain such an environment. We pledge to work collectively to examine our values and conduct, and to question those values when they reflect an origin of fear, anger, or ignorance. Acts of bigotry are acts of hatred against us all, and they will not be condoned or tolerated. We must all share in the responsibility of confronting unacceptable behavior, and in providing an example of involved citizenship. We continue to strive towards fulfilling our ideals. Join us in this affirmation of our common humanity.
If you have any questions related to the application process, your Housing contract, the Community Living at Michigan handbook, or the Living at Michigan Credo, please contact the Housing Information Office.