Early Fall Start (EFS), an elective program that runs from Aug. 24–Sept. 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.
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 HFSinfo@uw.edu if you would like to change your move-in appointment, or you may move in during front desk hours. Check-In details will be available in early August.
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 2020–21 academic year.
Before you apply
How to apply
Complete Your HFS Student Profile on your MyHFS Homepage.
- Return to your MyHFS Homepage and complete the EFS housing application.
What you’ll be asked for when applying:
- Your building preferences
- Your room type preferences
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.
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.
We expect to be able to assign all EFS applicants. Assignments are made based on autumn quarter priority or, for those who haven’t applied for autumn quarter, based on application date.
- Priority 1: Students who apply by May 10.
- Priority 2: Students who apply after May 10 based on application date.
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*If demand for EFS housing is low, EFS students will not be assigned to McCarty Hall.
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.
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 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, cafés, food trucks and express 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. 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.
Your 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 early August.
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
Lander Hall: arrive to the UW W10 parking lot for check-in
McCarty Hall: arrive to the North campus Town Square area
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: A maximum of two people can arrive with you to help you move in. No pets are allowed during move-in.
Face Coverings: Face coverings are required to be worn on site at the UW indoors when other people are present (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. Please ensure you are wearing a face covering when you arrive to move-in.
Sanitization: Carts will be available for you to move belongings from the check-in location to your room. Carts will be sanitized between each use using EPA-registered disinfectants.
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 (PDF)
Housing & Food Services has implemented a revised checkout process for residents. This process is developed to maximize CDC-recommended physical distancing guidelines and to make it as simple as possible to process checkouts in an organized and safe manner.
- 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.
- Schedule a virtual inspection by contacting your Resident Adviser or Community Assistant (RA/CA).
- Sign up for direct deposit to ensure a fast and easy refund. Refunds take four to six weeks after move-out. If you don't have a U.S. bank account, a refund check will be sent to your local address in MyUW.
- Pack your belongings, clean your room and common areas, pick up your mail and packages, and return your keys to your Regional Desk. If you are able, please return your keys during desk hours. If the desk is closed, you may put them in the drop box.
- Update your local address on MyUW within 24 hours of your vacate. After you vacate, mail and packages will be forwarded for 180 days to that address.
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/CA.
- 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.