Housing Sign-Up FAQs

General Questions

Is there a required deposit?

A $150 advance payment will be charged to your University student account after Housing Sign-Up closes on Sunday, April 15, 2018. A credit for the advance payment will be added to your student account in spring 2019.

What if I change my mind about my assignment?

Students may log on and change their hall/room assignment as many times as they wish during Housing Sign-Up from October 3 through April 15 based on the phases.

After April 15, students need to submit room/hall change request through the MyHousing Portal.

Traditionally, during the last three weeks in August there is a room freeze to solidify room assignments. The room freeze remains in effect for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Room Change Requests are available through MyHousing online the first Monday of the semester. There is also a room freeze the last four weeks of the Fall semester, which remains in effect through the first couple of weeks of the Spring Semester.

I want to live on-campus, but I haven't been admitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign yet. How do I complete a 2018–2019 Residence Hall Contract?

Housing Sign-Up is for current University Housing residents who want to live on-campus in University Housing. Current residents are given priority to choose a room.

The online University Housing contract for students new to the university will be available in mid-December. Newly admitted students must first accept their offer of admission before the online contract is available for completion. The online contract, available through the APPLY NOW button on the top right of the Housing home page, is accessible for newly admitted students 48 hours after accepting the admissions offer.

Will I receive a confirmation if I have successfully completed the Residence Hall Contract? Can I make changes?

You will receive an email confirmation after you successfully complete the 2018-2019 Residence Hall Contract. If you do not receive the email confirmation, you do not have a completed Housing Contract. Please log back in to make sure you checked the box at the very end of the process, which serves as your electronic signature. The checked box also indicates that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of the University Residence Hall Contract.

To make changes to your personal information, preferences or Housing assignment, you may log back into the Housing Sign-Up site to review and/or change your selection.  

Please contact Housing Information at (217) 333-7111 if you have any questions.

How do I request an undergraduate single room for next year?

  • Residents who currently have single rooms must log on to the Housing Sign-Up site and sign their contract to select their same single room during Same Room Phase (October 3–5).
  • Residents who do not currently live in a single may select any available single room during the Any Hall/Any Room Phase (October 17, 2017 through April 15, 2018). Please note that single rooms will be displayed as 1/1, which means there is one open space in a single room.

Undergraduate single rooms are located in Barton and Lundgren, Nugent, Oglesby and Trelease (Florida Avenue Residence Halls), Shelden and Leonard (Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls), Busey-Evans, Wassaja and Bousfield. 

How do I request a specific roommate?

If my preferred roommate currently lives in University Housing:

  1. Search for your preferred roommate in the online Housing Contract using their University ID Number (UIN) or NetId.
  2. Assign the preferred roommate to the adjacent space in the room you select. Or pick an open room where you can assign yourself and your roommate can assign themselves to the adjacent space.
  3. Both residents must sign and complete the contract for the space to be confirmed. NOTE: Once you and your roommate have been assigned a room, only your roommate can change their own assignment. You cannot place them a second time.

If my preferred roommate is already on campus as a continuing student but is not currently living in University Housing:

  1. Use the roommate request form to provide the full name and date of birth or UIN (University ID Number) of the preferred roommate living in off-campus housing.
  2. University Housing will create a tentative assignment in your room for your friend in the space adjacent to you (if available).
  3. After October 31, your preferred roommate should log in to the online Housing Contract and complete their contract to confirm the tentative assignment we created for them. If they do not, the space will be released for others to choose.

If my preferred roommate is not currently living on-campus and will be entering as a new freshman or transfer for the upcoming academic year:

  1. Use the roommate request form to provide the full name and date of birth or UIN (University ID Number) of the preferred roommate who is not currently attending Illinois.
  2. University Housing will create a tentative assignment in your room for your friend in the space adjacent to you (if available).
  3. Within 48 hours after accepting their admission to Illinois, your preferred roommate should log in to the online Housing Contract and complete their contract to confirm the tentative assignment we created for them. If they do not, the space will be released for others to choose.

For more information about the University Housing contract process, email the Housing Information Office at housing@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-7111.

How can I live in Daniels Hall or Sherman Hall?

Residents who currently live in Daniels or Sherman must log on to the Housing Sign-Up site between October 3–5 and sign their contract to keep their same room, or their room will be available for someone else to select.

Current Sherman and Daniels residents who do not want to stay in their same room can select other spaces in those buildings between October 17–24 prior to residents of undergraduate halls.

Current undergraduate hall residents will be able to select a space in Daniels or Sherman Halls beginning October 24. Students who currently live off-campus can select a space in University Housing residence halls, including Daniels or Sherman, beginning October 31.

You are encouraged to plan ahead and consider other University Housing options in the event that there are no spaces available in Daniels or Sherman.

How can I live in one of the newer halls (Bousfield, Nugent and Wassaja)?

  • Current residents of Nugent, Bousfield or Wassaja must log on to the Housing Sign-Up site between October 3-5 and sign their contract to keep their same room, or their room will be available for someone else to select. 
  • Residents living in other halls whose current room will be unavailable in 2018-2019 will have an opportunity to select Bousfield, Nugent or Wassaja a few days before all other residents. Residents who are in this category will receive an email with instructions.
  • All other current residents may select Bousfield, Nugent or Wassaja on the first day of the Any Hall/Any Room phase (October 17, 2017).
  • Non-residents may select Bousfield, Nugent or Wassaja beginning October 31, 2017.

Only students in the Campus Honors Program and the James Scholars Honors Program are eligible to select space in the Honors Living-Learning Community in Nugent Hall.  

What options are there for coed or gender-inclusive housing?

  • Bousfield Hall offers some coed suites (four singles with a shared living room and semi-private bathroom) where a mix of men and women can live in the same suite. You may request the Bousfield gender-inclusive options using our Room Block form (deadline October 3).
  • Sherman Hall offers limited coed corner single rooms (three singles grouped together with a semi-private bathroom). These options permit both men and women to select the same suite. You can see the specific room numbers of these coed options when you log in to the Housing Sign-Up site and are selecting a room. You may request the Sherman gender-inclusive options using our Room Block form (deadline October 3).
  • Allen Hall has a gender-inclusive wing (Allen 1 North) that offers gender-inclusive rooms. Students of any gender may share a room. This wing also has a gender-inclusive bathroom in which students of any gender may use the same bathroom at the same time.
  • Wassaja Hall offers two clusters of rooms that are gender-inclusive. In these designated clusters, students of any gender may share the same room.
  • All of Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall (PAR) is coed by door. In these halls, male rooms may be located next to female rooms, and each floor has multiple individual-use bathrooms.

See the Gender-Inclusive Options page for additional details. To explore other options in University Housing that accommodate your gender identity or gender expression, please contact the Housing Information Office at (217) 333-7111 or housing@illinois.edu. We are happy to help you find the living arrangement that works for you.

What if I’m applying to be a resident advisor (RA)?

RA candidates will be notified of their applicant status by January 30, 2018.

Candidates who are not offered an RA position but who are chosen as alternates are subject to the same contract terms as any student. Therefore, if an RA alternate signs a contract during Housing Sign-Up or later, they have 30 days to cancel. 

If the RA candidate is hired 30 days after the contract is signed, the student must contact the Housing Information Office at housing@illinois.edu to cancel their contract without a settlement charge.

All RA candidates who wish to return to the residence halls need to complete Housing Sign-Up. This is the only time you will be able to guarantee housing for the Fall 2018–Spring 2019 academic year.

Cancellation

What if I want to cancel my contract?

Once you select a room and complete a contract, you have 30 days to cancel the contract with no charge. If you decide to cancel after the 30-day period, there will be a settlement charge of up to 75% of your entire contract amount.

If you sign a contract online during Housing Sign-Up and decide later that you want to cancel your assignment, log on and click the "Cancel Contract" button. If you cancel the contract after 30 days of signing, you are still responsible for a settlement charge.

I am not sure where I want to live. I am considering moving off-campus. Should I sign a University Housing Contract as a backup? Is that allowed?

Please wait until you have made your decision about where to live before you sign a housing contract. Our contract is a legally binding document, which means that we cannot release you to live off-campus. Please take time to consider your options before you make a commitment to live in University Housing.

What if I sign the 2018–2019 University Residence Hall Contract and a lease with a private company off-campus? 

If you sign both a contract and a lease, you will most likely be financially responsible for both legally-binding documents. Please do not put yourself in this type of financial situation. Do not expect University Housing to release you from financial responsibility. Obligating yourself to a contract is a very serious matter that should be done with great thought and planning. 

Can I get out of the contract if I later decide I want to move off-campus?

No. The contract you are signing is a binding, legal document, so we do not release students to make other housing arrangements. You will be financially responsible for the terms of your contract for the next academic year.

Accessibility

What if I need special housing or ADA accommodations?

Returning Residents: If you currently require special housing/ADA accommodations and would like to continue with the same accommodations for the next school year, we encourage you to select your same room during the Same Room phase of Housing Sign-Up. If you want to select a new room, you must inform us of your needs within the Housing Sign-Up application (there is a box where you can indicate your needs.)

New Residents:  University Housing offers several accessible rooms with communal or semi-private baths in many of our residence halls and a select few apartments. If you believe you require housing accommodations due to a documented disability-related condition, you will need to register with the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in addition to submitting your housing application. DRES is responsible for providing services to students with disabilities and is available to consult with other areas of campus regarding ADA accessibility issues. For further information on how to register with DRES, visit www.disability.illinois.edu or call (217) 333-4603 or (217) 689-0564 Video Relay System (VRS).

What residence halls are fully accessible?

University Housing's newest residence halls (Wassaja, Nugent and Bousfield) and Ikenberry Dining Hall are fully accessible.

Nugent Hall has accessible rooms for undergraduate students, and rooms on the first floor are designed to serve students with severe physical disabilities who will utilize Beckwith Residential Support Services.

Weston Hall also offers a select number of wheelchair accessible rooms. Weston floor plans and layouts

Daniels Hall is for graduate and upper-division undergraduates (sophomores and above). Daniels has private rooms with semi-private or private bathrooms. Food service is located across the street in the Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR). Daniels floor plans and layouts

What furniture is provided in an ADA Accessible Room?

Beckwith Residential Support Services Rooms are equipped with a medical bed with side rails (detachable), a wardrobe (no closet), bookcase, nightstand and desk. This furniture is all adjustable height. All other ADA rooms (not part of Beckwith) are equipped with the standard room furniture which includes a bed, desk, chair, book shelf, chest of drawers and a closet. Students have the option of providing their own hospital bed and/or desk if needed. University Housing is not responsible for providing these items, but we will gladly remove and store the furniture designated to that room if it does not meet the student’s medical needs.

How do I notify University Housing of my Housing needs and accommodations?

When applying for housing, there are specific boxes where you can provide information about your needs and requested accommodations. Students should explain their accommodation requests as clearly as possible when completing their application. It is imperative that students specify their housing accommodation requests every year as each student’s needs may change.

Students are encouraged to apply with DRES because they will consult with University Housing regarding ADA accessibility issues. Students may also contact the Housing Information Office at (217) 333-7111 or by email at housing@illinois.edu to share their needs and accommodations.

Information about specific accommodation requests such as personal assistants or service animals can be found on the ADA/Accommodations page of the Housing website. 

Special Living Options 

What if I want to choose a living-learning community or special living option?

Living-learning communities (LLCs) include Allen Hall/Unit One (all of Allen), Weston Exploration (all of Weston), WIMSE (Trelease floors 1- 3), LEADS (Hopkins Hall floor 2), Health Professions (Oglesby floors 3-4), Intersections (Babcock Hall floors 1-2), Innovation LLC (Wardall floors 5, 6, 7, and 8), Sustainability (LAR-Shelden floors 2-3),  Global Crossroads (Saunders Hall floors 2-3), and Honors Living-Learning Community (Nugent Hall floors 3 & 4)The new Business LLC (Wassaja floor 4) will be opening in fall 2018.

Students who currently live in living-learning communities, non-visitation rooms, Scholars Community, Transfer Community, and the Snyder substance-free hall may reassign to their same room, floor and/or hall during the regular Housing Sign-Up access times.

Students not currently in one of these spaces may move to a special living option during the Any Hall/Room phase which begins Tuesday, October 17. Additional requirements must be met for the Honors LLC and the Transfer Community.

What is the substance-free community, and how do I select it?

The substance-free community option is available in all of Snyder Hall, a coed traditional residence hall located in the Ikenberry South Area. This substance-free community promotes and respects the personal choice to abstain from alcohol consumption in the hall or to participate in low-risk, responsible alcohol consumption outside of the hall. Within the hall, they are a substance-free living community which prohibits the presence of alcohol for all residents and their guests, regardless of age, and the associated results of intoxication. As in any of the University Housing residence halls, smoking and drugs are also prohibited within the hall.

The substance-free community is an optional living area and requires a commitment from the student to abide by the substance-free lifestyle. All residents of these communities are expected to abide by the substance-free lifestyle. If you wish to choose a substance-free room, select a room in Snyder Hall.