2016-2017 Housing Sign-Up


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What Is Sign-Up?

Housing Sign-Up allows students who currently live in University Housing to choose their rooms and roommates for the following academic year. Please read through all information carefully. When Sign-Up begins, you can go online and see which rooms are available in each building, floor by floor.

Spaces are reserved for returning students in Stockwell, North Quad and Northwood III. You'll also have the chance to sign up for apartments in Northwood III and 5-8-person suites in a residence hall. Spots are limited and we can't guarantee a particular type of room will be available. You'll be able to browse first to make sure there's just the right room for you.

There are three main Housing Sign-Up phases:

  • Michigan Learning Communities
  • Residential College/Honors
  • Open Sign-Up

For key Sign-Up dates, take a look at our calendar. After selecting a room, you must submit your contract within 24 hours. Immediately after you submit your contract, you will see your confirmation. You must submit a contract, even if your roommate-to-be is the one selecting the room.

How Does It Work?

The first step is Sign-Up registration, which will occur 9:00 am January 11 — 11:59 pm January 20, 2016. If you’re thinking about returning to University Housing, then you must register during this period.

The second step is selecting a room. Dates vary read below for more information

The third step is submitting a contract 24 hours after choosing a room.

The last page of your Sign-Up registration tells you when you can expect an email with your selection time. That selection time is the date and time when you can go online, browse and select your room. Your sign-up priority determines whether your selection time is earlier or later in the process.

What’s My “Priority”?

Eligible students who register for Housing Sign-Up will receive a selection time slot based on the number of complete semesters (terms) they have lived in University Housing:

Housing Sign-Up 2016-2017
Priority Brackets
Highest Priority (selects first)2 or fewer terms
Second Priority
3-4 terms
Third Priority
5-6 terms
Lowest Priority (selects last) 7 or more terms

Students are randomly placed within each priority bracket. Students with later selection times will have significantly fewer choices. Even if you are in the highest priority bracket, you may not get your preferred building or neighborhood. Last year, all students in the highest priority bracket were able to obtain a housing assignment, many in the Northwood Community Apartments. Students in later priority brackets may have limited or no options, depending on demand.

Note: The student with the lowest priority determines the overall priority for group and roommate assignments.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

All undergraduate students currently living in University Housing who plan to be enrolled for fall semester 2016 are eligible to participate in Housing Sign-Up.

Students in U-M study abroad and co-op programs during the winter 2016 semester should contact University Housing to determine their eligibility for Housing Sign-Up.

Need a Roommate?

Our online Roommate Finder will be available starting January 13, 2016. You can log on, create your own profile and search the profiles of other students who plan to return to University Housing via the Sign-Up process. New incoming students and those who are currently living off campus cannot be selected as roommates.

Sign-Up Registration

To participate in Housing Sign-Up, you must register online between January 11 and 20, 2016.

If you complete the registration process, you will receive your selection time via your U-M email account prior to the start of the room selection process. Watch for email from housing@umich.edu and take steps to ensure that email is not going to your spam folder/trash.

During Housing Sign-Up registration, you will be asked to identify your roommates and group members. We encourage you to begin these conversations prior to registration.


For full instructions on how to navigate the online Housing Sign-Up processes, view our tutorials with helpful screenshots available below.

Sign-Up With Roommates or a Group of Friends

When you go online to register, you must request each person you want included in your group or roommate set using U-M ID numbers.

  • Every person you request must also request you.
  • You can only register with one roommate/group set.
  • Every member of the group must be eligible to participate.
  • All members of the roommate/group set must be eligible for the same room/apartment type(s) so you should decide together, in advance, what your choices will be.
  • Every member of the roommate/group set must register by January 20, 2016.
  • Roommates who will share a room must be of the same gender.
  • Groups may include up to eight students and may include any gender.
  • The student with the lowest priority determines the priority bracket for group and roommate assignments.
  • All members of a roommate/group set will receive the same selection date and time.
  • You will receive advance email notification about your assigned selection time, so check your U-M email account often.

If you are interested in living in a suite that houses 5, 6, 7, or 8 people, you will need to indicate your interest on your Housing Sign-Up registration, and your group will need to complete and submit a suite request form (pdf) by January 20, 2016. The complete details and request forms (pdfs) are found under the section, "Begin the Sign-Up Process", under the sub-section, "Live in a Residence Hall 5-, 6-, 7- or 8-Person Suite."

Students with Needs Requiring Medical/Chronic Health Need Housing Accommodation

Students seeking housing accommodations must disclose disabilities requiring accommodation by completing the process described below and providing documentation as required in the review process.

Examples of different accommodations include:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing students who require a room with a strobe fire alarm;
  • Students in wheelchairs who require a room in close proximity to a roll-in shower; and
  • Students with a medical need for an air conditioner.

The Documentation for Accommodation Needs request form is available online. This form must be completed and submitted, including all pertinent medical/clinical documentation, no later than the end of the Housing Sign-Up registration period, January 20, 2016. Completion of this form does not guarantee a housing assignment. Requests will be evaluated according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by medical professionals on campus.

Begin the Sign-Up Process

Find the option below that best describes your housing preference and follow the simple steps to secure your place in campus housing for next year.

Live in a Michigan Learning Community

If you want to participate in a Michigan Learning Community next year, you should contact the program. Students accepted into a program cannot request a roommate who has not been accepted into the same program.

Michigan Learning Community Location 2016-2017
Global Scholars Program North Quad
Health Sciences Scholars Program
Honors Program South Quad
Living ArtsBursley
Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Alice Lloyd
Max Kade German Residence Program North Quad
Michigan Community Scholars ProgramWest Quad
Michigan Research Community Mosher-Jordan
Residential College East Quad
Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program Mosher-Jordan


Step 1: Register for Housing Sign-Up, January 11 –20, 2016

Step 2: Select a room, January 28, 2016 by 11:59 PM

Step 3: Submit your Housing Contract, January 28, 2016 by 11:59 PM


Step 1: Register for Housing Sign-Up, January 11 –20, 2016

Step 2: Select a room in your MLC
Date and process to be determined by each MLC (with the exception of RC and Honors)

Step 3: Submit your Housing Contract, January 28, 2016 by 11:59 PM

Live in a Theme Community

Join a Theme Community and you'll discover a resource for connecting with peers, mentors, and campus resources. While there are no academic requirements, a Theme Community allows you to explore and experience the University with other students who share your interests.

As a member of a Theme Community, you will be encouraged to:

  • Actively participate in programs and events.
  • Work with others to take ownership of the activities within the Hall.
  • Have a strong voice in defining and creating the program throughout the year.
Theme Community Location
Adelia Cheever Program Newberry
International Impact
North Quad
Second Year Experience Stockwell

Living in an Affinity Community

Living in an Affinity Community provides ways to connect with peers, mentors and campus resources and allows you to explore and experience the university with other students who share your interests. 

As a member of an Affinity Community, you will be encouraged to:

  • Actively participate in programs and events;
  • Offer support and encouragement for other residents in the living environment;
  • Respect floor members’ different motivations for choosing this living option; and
  • Embrace and learn from experiences different from your own.

These rooms will be selected via an application process. Request forms for these options will be made available as the application processes are finalized.

Affinity Community Location
Gender Inclusive Living Environment East Quad
Sustainable Living Experience

Live in a Residence Hall 5-, 6-, 7- or 8-Person Suite

Each type of suite requires a separate request form. Forms must have five people for a 5-person suite, six for a 6-person suite, seven for a 7-person suite, and eight for an 8-person suite; all students' signatures must be included.

These rooms will be assigned via an application process. Links to each application are shown in the table below. All suite request forms are due by 12:00 noon on January 20, 2016.

Suite TypeLocation and number of suites
5-Person Suite North Quad (8 suites)
6-Person Suite Alice Lloyd (2 suites)
8-Person Suite Alice Lloyd (1 suite)
5-Person Suite West Quad (1 female suite)
6-Person Suite West Quad (1 suite)
7-Person Suite West Quad (1 bi-level suite)

Step 1: Register for Open Sign-Up, January 11 – 20, 2016.

Step 2: Complete and submit a suite request form between January 11 –20, 2016.

Step 3: Submit all appropriate request forms by January 20, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Step 4: Submit contract by January 25, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

The suite request form will explain when groups learn if their request is approved. Submission of a request form does not guarantee placement in a suite.

Live in a Residence Hall or Apartment

Step 1: Register for Open Sign-Up, January 11 – 20, 2016

Step 2: Select an available room in one of the available communities (details will be announced in January):

Triple Room Selection

February 4, 2016 by 11:59 PM

If you are interested in a triple room, you and all of your roommates will select a room on this day. A total of three roommates are required to select a triple room. If you need to find additional students to meet this requirement, you may use the online Roommate Finder (available January 13), but you should begin your search as soon as possible. All roommates must request each other in the system prior to registration closing. NOTE: North Quad and West Quad "double in a 4 person suites" sgl/dbl/apt selection process.

Your contract (and your roommates' contracts) must be submitted within 24 hours of your room selection to finalize your selection for next year. Room prices vary; carefully review your contract price before submitting.

Single Room, Double Room, and Apartment Selection

February 9 – 11, 2016 by 11:59 PM

Available single rooms, double rooms and apartments are selected during this time period. If you need to find a roommate, use the online Roommate Finder available January 13. A very limited number of spaces in double rooms will be available for students without roommates.

Note: Select a room as close as possible to your selection time; Waiting until later in the day to select a room will mean there are fewer options available.

Your contract (and your roommate's contract, if applicable) must be submitted within 24 hours in order to finalize your room selection for next year. Room prices vary; carefully review your contract price before submitting.

Additional On-Campus Options

Martha Cook is an all-female residence hall located on Central Campus near South University and State Street.
Information  Application

Henderson House is a small, economical co-op for sophomore through graduate women. Residents share household responsibilities including cooking and cleaning. Henderson House is located within walking distance from Central Campus in a residential area. For information and general inquiries, please contact the Resident Director, visit the Henderson webpage, and/ or view our online application.
Information Application Questions.

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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