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First-Year Housing FAQ

Have first-year questions?

All first-year students are required to live in on-Grounds housing, making the Housing & Residence Life Assignments Office important to your first year! Our staff is responsible for making all on-Grounds housing assignments. They are here to help you if you have any questions regarding the assignments process.

You can visit our office in Gibbons House (425 Tree House Drive) in the Alderman Road Residence Area or contact us with any question not addressed in this FAQ.

How do I apply for housing?

Incoming first years should complete the online First-Year Housing Application after May 1 and before June 1.

You will need to pay your Admissions deposit and activate your University computing ID before attempting to access the application. Please be sure to read the application carefully before submitting it.

What is the $400 deposit for?

The $400 deposit you may hear about is the Admissions deposit. First years are not required to pay a deposit for housing. You will be billed for your housing fees later this summer.

How is my assignment made?

Our assignment software randomly generates your room assignment after the application deadline. While the preferences that you state on your application will impact your housing assignment, it is not guaranteed that your assignment will reflect the following:

  • Your preferences for a single, double, triple, or Residential College room.
  • Your roommate preference.

We cannot consider special requests other than accommodations made through the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). See “How can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability or medical condition?below.

May I request a roommate?

Roommate preferences must be mutual and designated on your housing application. We strive to assign preferred roommates together, however, it may not be possible to honor all roommate preferences. When this occurs, we attempt to place preferred roommates in nearby rooms.

What's a triple and how are students assigned to one?

If needed, several Alderman Road and McCormick Road buildings have rooms that can accommodate three people. Students are placed in these triple-occupancy rooms after all double rooms are assigned. As space becomes available, students placed in triples may be moved to double rooms.

What if I'm an Echols or Rodman Scholar?

The Office of Admission will provide a list of scholars to Housing & Residence Life during the summer. Echols and Rodman Scholars will be able to self-select into the Scholars Community (in the Alderman Road area) through the housing application process. Please note, any preferred roommates must also be a scholar, and must also select the Scholars Community. The Scholars Community is limited by the available space in the designated Alderman Road building(s).

How can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability or medical condition?

Please see our Special Housing Accommodations page for information.

What is the procedure for bringing a service animal to the University?

Please see our Service and Assistance Animals page for information.

When do I find out where I'll live?

You will receive your room and roommate assignment in early July, as long as you submit your application by the deadline.

When can I move in?

You will be given your move-in date along with your room assignment in early July. For more information, see Move-In and Move-Out.

Do I have to live on-Grounds?

All first-year students must live on Grounds. If you believe your extraordinary circumstances (such as being non-traditionally aged or being a parent) qualify you for consideration to live off-Grounds, please send your request to

What kind of decorations are allowed for my room?

Please see our pages regarding Fire Prevention, Decoration Policies, and Prohibited Items for specific information. You may also want to check out our What to Bring FAQ.