Apply for Housing
Housing and Residence Life is the on-campus choice committed to helping students succeed. Our residence halls are all within walking distance to campus resources like the library, recreational center, dining and sporting events. Proximity to classes is a proven contributing factor to academic success.
If you have questions or need special room accommodations, please contact us: email@example.com or 208-885-6571.
2020-2021 Residence Hall Application Important Dates
Applications begin November 5, 2019 for
- First year students admitted for 2020-2021
Applications begin January 2020 for:
- Non-first year students admitted for 2020-2021
- Transfer students admitted for 2020-2021
- Current housing residents renewal
Students will need to pay a $200 security deposit to reserve their rooms.
- The deposit is returned to the student’s University Account upon successful completion of the terms of the license agreement.
- Cancellation of the Housing & Residence Life contract will result in forfeit of the deposit.
Convenience: Be close to everything
You’re within walking distance to classes, faculty, library, computer labs, rec. center and great places to eat! Don’t waste your time at traffic lights and finding parking spots in the morning. Ease your stress and sleep in.
Avoid money hassles
Avoid typical apartment monthly bills, buying furniture, paying for repairs and chasing down roommates for rent payments.
Students who live on campus have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate and be more satisfied with their college experience than students who live off campus.
Make friends and stay connected
You are guaranteed to meet people who are close by for studying, class help or just hanging out. Have the time of your life doing intramural sports, clubs, student government, resident hall events and everything the University campus has to offer.
You will be living with people who are going through the same experiences as you. You have the ability to talk to faculty, staff and students who can support your personal and academic needs.
Apply for room renewal and get first pick of your room and residence hall. Check back for more information close to January.
Same Room Renewals - Opens in January
New Room Renewals - Opens in January
Apartment and Family Housing Renewals - Starts April 2019
Did you know?
- Students wanting to live together can choose the same room
- There is no up-front cost to renew a room because your $200 deposit rolls over each year
- McConnell, the LLC's, and specific floors of Wallace are available for upper-level students
- Students over the age of 19 may also choose the Elmwood apartments.
Benefits for residents renewing their housing:
- Meal plans are not required for LLC residents. There are less expensive, optional meal plans available.
- The following items are included in the cost: power, trash, internet, water, garbage, and laundry.
- No car, commute or battling for a parking spot. This means you save money on car maintenance and gas.
- Unlike off campus apartments, which generally charge first and last month's rent along with a deposit, all up front, Housing charges nothing. Your deposit from the prior year rolls over. For example, an apartment off campus that costs $750 per month would require $2000 before students can move in.
- If your roommate fails to pay their part of the rent you do not have to come up with extra cash.
For apartment residents, six-month agreements end in December and twelve-month agreements end in June. Prior to the end of these agreement periods, you will be sent a letter from Housing & Residence Life regarding your intent to renew your apartment.
Have a roommate you want to live with?
If you and a friend know that you want to live together, we recommend that you apply around the same time. Since you are able to choose your exact room and location during the application, it is very easy to find a room that has two available spots and assign yourselves to that location.
Do not have a roommate you want to live with?
If you do not have a roommate in mind prior to applying for the residence halls, that is okay! The majority of students living in the residence halls are in the same situation as you. Our Housing & Residence Life Application makes it simple to find potential successful roommate matches.
The application asks 10 or more lifestyle questions regarding sleeping habits, study needs and overall interests. You are able to see where students have applied and view their profiles to potentially match yourself to a successful roommate. We realize that even a perfect profile match may not mean you have the perfect roommate. Beginning ten days after classes begin, room changes are allowed, based on availability. To begin that process, please come to the housing office.
The Residence Halls (with the exception of LLCs) will close during winter break. If you are in need of winter housing please fill out a Winter Break Housing Application.
Can I stay in my room?
Students living in Wallace Residence Center, Theophilus Tower and McConnell must leave their rooms for winter break. Please contact the Housing office with any questions about winter break leave.
Students living in any of the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are allowed to stay in their rooms during the entire winter break, as this is included in the LLC resident contract and cost.
All students planning to return to the residence halls for spring semester may leave their belongings in their rooms during break, but should take any important items with them (ex: medications, passports, computers, school work, etc.) as students will not be allowed back into the buildings during winter break.
Note: During winter break, Housing & Residence Life will be conducting Health and Safety checks in the rooms to monitor any safety concerns such as ensuring that smoke detectors work and not being covered.
What is the cost of staying on campus during winter break?
The cost is $500 to stay on campus. Please note you will be reassigned to a different room for winter break.
What if I need a place to stay during winter break?
If you need a place to stay during winter break, please fill out our online form above. There is a cost associated with winter break housing.
What if I am not returning in the spring?
If you are not planning to return to the university or residence halls for the spring semester, you will need to complete checkout paperwork at the Housing office prior to leaving for winter break. If you may possibly fall into the Regulation L category (by receiving below a 1.0 GPA), please visit the Housing Office prior to leaving for winter break.
Does my dining plan work during break?
No. Students who live in our campus LLCs during winter break are responsible for providing their own food.
Please check back closer to summer for additional information and how to apply.
Summer Housing is available for students enrolled in summer classes.
Summer school housing is located in Wallace Residence Center.
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Note: Summer housing buildings do not have Air Conditioning
Reservations & Deposit
Reserving a room in the residence halls for summer session is easy! Complete our online application, pay a $200 deposit and receive your room assignment prior to moving in this summer. Assignments are made on a space-available basis and you will be sent your room assignment prior to moving in. A $200 deposit is required prior to a room assignment being made.
The balance is due on the 1st day of check-in. An additional late fee is charged for past due accounts. All charges will be billed to the Student Account. All communication will be sent to the students Vandal email account.
Refunds are not given for days a room is not occupied during an agreement period. Refunds for withdrawing students from the University’s Summer Session will be made according to the U of I Summer Session Fee refund policy.
Reservation cancellations (for summer only) must be received in writing from your Vandal email. Cancellations received after the $200 deposit has been paid will forfeit the full deposit.