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Early termination

Students who terminate their housing agreement before the end of the agreement period are responsible for housing charges for the entire agreement duration and dining charges until the end of the quarter they are vacating. Termination deadlines and charges are described in the 9-Month Housing Agreement.

After a student moves out, their name is added to the First Out, First In (FOFI) list. The purpose of this list is to fill vacant spaces with applicants on the housing waiting list. The FOFI list is ordered by student’s move-out date. If a new student is assigned from the waiting list, the student at the top of the FOFI list is prorated from their housing as of the date the new applicant moved in.


Dining Account funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Any dining funds remaining on your account after noon on the last of your agreement will be forfeited. Please check your balance via the Online Card Office. If you feel you will have difficulty spending your remaining balance before the end of the quarter, please contact UW Dining for spending options at 206-685-4950 or

Account refunds

Any charges on your housing account must be paid before you vacate. Charges related to moving out can be viewed on the Incidental Charges page. Account balances can be checked on your Statement of Account page. If you are returning to campus housing for a future quarter, the housing deposit will remain on your account.

Unless your account is held due to charges for damages, cleaning, an unpaid balance, or other reasons, any refundable housing deposit will be issued after you vacate or cancel your agreement. Refunds are issued in three ways: direct deposit, check, or credit/debit card.

Any balance of funds on your Husky Card Account will remain accessible for your use and will carry over to next year.


If a resident’s room/space appears to be empty of possessions but keys have not been returned, the resident’s room/space may be presumed abandoned. An abandonment letter will be placed on the room door for five days, after which HFS will take possession of the room/space. If you abandon your room, you will be charged for a lock change and key replacement, moving, handling and storage of your belongings, and applicable cleaning or repair charges, in addition to any room payment owed.


There is no storage space in the residence halls. If you are vacating and need to store your items for a certain period of time, consider contacting a private storage company. One such company that is familiar to the UW and that HFS works with is Dorm Room Movers. Contact them directly to learn more.

Rental references

You are welcome to list the Student Services Office contact information when asked for a rental reference or rental history verification. Upon receiving a rental reference, HFS will disclose the information requested, typically the dates that you lived on campus, whether or not your account was paid on time and is current, if you vacated properly, and if you are eligible to live with us again. Landlord requests must be received in writing by email ( or fax (206-543-3124).

Parking permit return

If you have an unexpired parking permit, return it to Commuter Services or to the Nordheim Court Office for Nordheim Residents. Please note:

  • Parking permits may not be transferred to another individual or vehicle.
  • Your parking permit becomes invalid if you move out of the residence halls before it expires.
  • You will receive a credit for the unused portion of your parking permit after it is returned

Priority Retention

If you will be away from campus for an internship or study abroad program, or are withdrawing from the UW for hardship reasons, you may request Priority Retention status when you complete your Agreement Termination Notice. This will give you the highest priority to return to the residence halls if you would like. HFS staff will confirm your participation in a UW-affiliated program and, if approved, you will be guaranteed a space in the residence halls for the quarter that you are returning.

If you are approved for Priority Retention, you will be contacted at your UW email address prior to the start of the quarter you intend to return, and you will be asked to complete a housing application.


If you have questions, please contact one of the following offices.

Your Residential Life Office, for questions about:

  • Room inspection
  • Borrowing a vacuum
  • Cleaning

Student Services Office, for questions about:

  • Agreement Termination Notice (ATN)
  • Agreement termination charge
  • Late notice charge
  • Your agreement
  • Priority Retention

Your Regional Desk for questions about:

  • Key return process and key return locations
  • Building access card or parking permit (Nordheim Court only) returns
  • Mail and packages