With student well-being at the forefront of consideration and in alignment with public health guidance, HFS has deployed a housing strategy for with appropriate COVID-19 mitigation elements in place. We will maintain all room density at two students or less in each residence hall room.
The housing strategy aligns with the UW Back to School plan, the State of Washington Safe Start Plan, and guidance from UW Environmental Health & Safety, the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, and university leadership. It is in alignment with Public Health – Seattle & King County Guidance for Student Housing at Higher Education Institutions and the State of Washington Campus Reopening Guide.
The plan also relies on guidance and collaboration from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, American College Health Association, King County COVID-19 Response for Higher Education Institutions housing subgroup, and the Pac-12 senior housing officer group.
The majority of our rooms are double and triple rooms with private bath, though each will only have two students assigned to them. "Super-singles," which are double rooms housing only one resident, are available upon request and are charged at a higher rate. Students may request a room change on their MyHFS Homepage.
If public health conditions improve during the course of the year, it is possible that rooms will return to their original configuration. If that happens, students who are assigned to a triple with only two residents may be assigned a new roommate for a later quarter.
If a student needs a single room because of a pre-existing condition that may make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, they may request an accommodation through the Disability Resources for Students office. Information is available on our Disability Accommodation page.
All halls will remain open during all break periods, including winter break.
We anticipate that all facilities will open at their pre-COVID capacity for autumn quarter 2021.
This page will be updated if we are advised differently by UW Environmental Health & Safety, the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, and University leadership.