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early fall start

Early Fall Start (EFS), an elective program that runs from August 24–September 17, 2021, is designed to give freshmen an early start to the academic year. Students take one intensive four-week course before the beginning of the 2021–22 academic year and earn five credits.

EFS move-in day is on August 21. Your one-hour move-in appointment will be sent with your assignment information. If you can’t move in during your assigned time, you may email if you would like to change your move-in appointment, or you may move in during front desk hours. Check-In details will be emailed in mid-July.

The information provided below assumes campus has returned to pre-COVID operations. Changes and restrictions may apply in consideration of public health requirements.

Eligibility for campus housing

Any student registered for EFS is eligible to live on campus during EFS. You are eligible for EFS housing even if you are not planning to live in on-campus housing during the 2021–22 academic year.

Before you apply

How to apply

  1. Complete Your HFS Student Profile on your MyHFS Homepage.

  2. Return to your MyHFS Homepage and complete the EFS housing application.

You will also need to:

  • Agree to the application terms
  • Electronically sign the Early Fall Start Housing Agreement
  • Electronically sign the HFS Public Health Agreement
  • If you are younger than 18, have your parent/guardian electronically sign a Cosigner Agreement
  • Pay a $500 refundable deposit (unless you have already paid it as part of a previous application)
    A $500 refundable deposit is required for on-campus housing. Paying the deposit is the last step in submitting your application. Some students with financial need may submit the application without a deposit and pay it later.

Application cancellation

If you want to cancel your housing application before you move in, you must do so on your MyHFS Homepage. Details about how to cancel and what charges may apply are available on the Application Cancellation and Deferment page.

Housing assignments

Assignments are made based on autumn quarter priority or, for those who haven’t applied for autumn quarter, based on application date.

If you aren't assigned a room for autumn quarter, you will need to move out after EFS.

Housing options

Building Room type Bathroom type Number of residents
Lander Hall Triple Private


Double Private 2
Single Private 1

*We plan for all residence halls to return to their pre-COVID capacity. This may change based on guidance from the CDC and Public Health-Seattle & King County.

Assignment process

If you apply for residence hall housing for the academic year in addition to EFS and do not request a Living Learning Community (LLC) for the academic year
  • You will be assigned to the same room for both EFS and the academic year.
  • We are unable to accommodate requests for elective room changes or mutual swaps between EFS and the academic year.
  • You may remain in your room during the break between EFS classes ending and autumn quarter classes starting.
If you apply for residence hall housing for the academic year in addition to EFS and request a Living Learning Community (LLC) for the academic year You will be assigned to a room in Lander Hall for the EFS period and if space in the LLC is open for autumn, you will be assigned to it. You must move to your academic year room on by 12 noon on September 18.
If you apply for housing for EFS only or do not have an assignment for the beginning of the academic year
  • You will be assigned to a room in Lander Hall, only for the EFS period.
  • You must vacate by 6 p.m. on September 17, 2021.

Roommate requests

HFS only accepts roommate requests for the academic year. We are not able to accommodate requests for the EFS period. Here is the roommate assignment process:

My preferred roommate and I will be living on campus for EFS only. HFS cannot accommodate roommate requests for EFS.
My preferred roommate and I will be living on campus for both EFS and the academic year. HFS will attempt to assign you and your requested roommate together in the same room for both periods.
I will live on campus for both EFS and the academic year, but my preferred roommate will only be on campus for the academic year.

HFS will attempt to assign you in the same room for both periods, and to assign your requested roommate with you for the academic year.

Single-gender rooms

Most shared rooms within the residence halls are assigned to two or more students of the same gender. If you don't specify your preference for a different type of assignment, you can expect to be in a room with another person or people whose gender is the same as yours according to their record with the UW.

Gender-inclusive rooms

It is important to us that all University housing options are welcoming for all students. The gender-inclusive room option is intended to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for residents across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual identity, and allied members of the community.

Mixed-gender rooms

Mixed-gender rooms and apartments are open to all students, regardless of your gender . You can specify on your application that you want to live with a person of a different gender, and put that person's student number in your application as your mutual roommate request.

Dining on campus

The dining account allotment for EFS residents is $648. The entire allotment will be available when you move in. This allotment allows you about $15 per day to spend on dining. You may use your dining account at any campus location. For more information on dining locations including restaurants, caf├ęs, food trucks and markets, see our Dining Locations page

Dining account funds will remain available for you to use through June 11, 2022. At that point, any unused balance will be forfeited. Dining funds are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to your Husky Card Account.

To ensure that your dining funds last throughout your stay with us, and to avoid forfeiting excess funds, we recommend you monitor your spending habits and adjust if necessary.

Moving in

Move-in day is August 21. Your half-hour move-in appointment time will be sent with your assignment information. You'll be able to change your appointment time if you can’t move in during your assigned time. Details will be available in mid-July.

Before you arrive

Here are a few helpful things to do before you arrive on campus:

There is a lot to discover about living on campus, and you probably have questions that haven’t been answered here. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, call us at 206-543-4059 or email us and we’ll be happy to help!

Shipping items ahead of time

Packages can be sent to your residence hall up to seven days prior to your scheduled move in. These items will not be returned to the sender.

You will receive a notification in your UW email from HFS Desk Services when your package is received. Upon move in, any packages that were not previously delivered to your room will be available for pick up at your regional desk.

Arriving to campus

Arriving to Campus

All students moving in for Early Fall Start should arrive to the UW W08 Parking Lot for check-in. 

Use this link to use Google Maps or use the following instructions to find this location (directions from I-5):

  • Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington. 
  • Move to the right lane as soon as possible and turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE. 
  • Move to the left lane. After a few blocks (just prior to crossing the University Bridge), turn left at the stoplight for NE Campus Parkway. Please note that turning left on red at this stoplight is legal. 
  • Go straight on NE Campus Parkway and take the first right at Brooklyn Avenue NE. 
  • Continue one block and turn right onto Lincoln Way NE 
  • Turn right into the W08 parking lot.

If you are coming to campus directly from Sea-Tac Airport, there are several transportation options. Please visit Sea-Tac Airport’s main transportation page to decide the best way for you to travel. 

COVID-19 information for move-in

Guests & Vehicles: We encourage residents moving in to limit themselves to one vehicle while moving belongings in. We also encourage a maximum of two guests per resident to ensure you are able to arrive and move-in as efficiently as possible.

Face Coverings: Face coverings are required indoors for all people, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes common areas, such as hallways, stairways, restrooms and elevators, and outdoors when keeping a six-foot distance from others may not be possible. 

Carts: A student volunteer with a cart will be on site to help residents move belongings to their room. Carts will be sanitized between each use.


Husky Card: You will be asked to present your UW student ID card (Husky Card) when you arrive. You may show another form of photo ID; however, the Husky Card is your key card for access to your building. If you arrive without your Husky Card, you will receive a temporary building access card.

Keys: You will be given room and mailbox keys when you check in.

Red Emergency Backpack: New residents are provided with a red emergency backpack when they first check into their residential community. This comprehensive kit includes water, food rations and other emergency supplies. The contents will remain viable for several years. Please keep your emergency kit for as long as you live with us.

Note: Friends and family cannot check in on your behalf.

Paying for EFS housing and dining

Housing payments should always be made directly to HFS, never to the tuition account.

Payment due date

  • If you're moving off campus after EFS: Sept. 1
  • If you will live on campus for autumn quarter: Oct. 15
    (with autumn quarter housing and dining charges)

Complete information about billing and payments can be found on our Financial Information for Residents page.

Move-out process

The move-out process is developed to maximize CDC-recommended physical distancing guidelines and to make it as simple as possible to move out in a safe manner. The following details may change depending on public health conditions at move-out.

Move-out dates

  • If you are continuing in the same room for the academic year, you do not need to check out and may remain in your room throughout the gap between EFS and autumn quarter.
  • If you are moving to a different room for the academic year, you must complete your room change between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, September 18.
  • If you are moving out at the end of EFS, you must check out by 6 p.m. on Friday, September 17.

Move-out steps

  • Follow checkout procedures.
  • If you have questions or concerns during your checkout, please contact your building's Community Manager.

Other important information

  • You can check-out vacuums through your community vacuum check-out schedule. Check with your RA. 
  • Carts will not be provided by HFS for move-out, as we do not have capacity to adequately disinfect and sanitize between each use.
  • Please clean your room. If you are not able to vacuum, there will be no cleaning charges applied for not vacuuming, but other cleaning charges and damage charges will still apply.
  • Please adhere to CDC-recommended physical distancing guidelines.