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Information for 2020–21 will be available in January. Please check back then.

Apply in April

The 2019–20 housing applications open on April 9, 2019.‚Äč 

Get first choice for rooms

Current residents who apply to live on campus by the April 15 deadline will have the first choice for rooms in all residence halls and apartments. No matter when you apply during the April 9–15 application period, your assignment priority will be based on how many quarters you’ve lived with us.

Don't be late! If you apply after the priority deadline, you will have the lowest assignment priority. You will then have to wait to apply until May 2, and we may not be able to assign you for autumn quarter.

Choose a residence hall or apartment

If you are not already familiar with the room types and apartments we offer, you can explore all of our buildings online. Be sure to check out our virtual tours!

Attend an info session or open house

You can attend one of the returning resident information sessions in Alder Hall Auditorium or come to the Apartment Open House.

How to apply


Update your student profile now
on MyHFS


Fill out the application beginning
April 9 at 2 pm


Complete your application by noon on April 15 to get first priority

Before you apply

  • Read the housing agreement 
  • Decide on a 9- or 12-month agreement
  • Check next year’s rates
  • Determine if you want to return to your current room
  • If necessary, renew/update your disability accommodation request
  • Consider your choices for housing options (gender-inclusive, substance-free, Living Learning Community)

Roommate selection

If you want to live with your current roommate or another current resident:

  • Request them by student number on your application

  • Make sure you both have exactly the same preferences on your applications.

If you want to live with an incoming freshman or transfer student:

  • Request them by student number on your application
  • Complete the 2019–20 Roommate Pull-in Request by April 12.
  • Tell your requested roommate to apply by April 15.
  • Make sure you both have exactly the same preferences on your applications.

Search for roommates using our Roommate Finder Message Board or the Queer-Positive Roommate Message Board

Room selection process

Your room selection appointment time will be sent to you by email on April 19. We encourage you to log in close to the beginning of your time for the best chance of getting the room you want.

  1. Search for your room based on your building choice, Living Learning Community and/or room type choice.
  2. You may assign your mutually requested roommates with you, provided they are not already assigned.


9-month residence halls Begins on April 24 Ends on June 9
12-month apartments Begins on April 24 Ends on April 30


You have priority for your current room

Current residents have priority for their current room as long as they remain eligible to live in that area.

  • We will assign you to your current room.
  • You will have the option of choosing a different room during room selection.
  • If you request and are assigned to your current room and have a mutual roommate request, we will try to assign you together.

changes to your room selection

  • You may search and select a room as many times as you like during your selection period.
  • You can only change your own assignment, not the assignment of your mutually requested roommates.

If yOU're not finding a room

  • You will only be given search results for areas that you and your roomate are eligible for and that you both have set as preferences.

  • If your roommates aren’t eligible for the area you are trying to assign yourself to, you will not be given any search results.
  • If one of the mutually requested roommates is a smoker, all other members must have selected smoker or no preference on the application to get search results.
  • If one of the mutually requested roommates has submitted a substance-free pledge, all group members must submit the pledge or you will not get the desired search results.


A pair or group is yourself and one or more other students who apply to return, or new applicants who have been pulled in by you or your mutually-requested roommate.

You may assign yourself and one or more other people as long as:

  • The other person is not already assigned; and
  • All group members enter the student numbers of all other members on the application; and
  • All group members are eligible to live in the area selected; and
  • All preferences match those selected by all other group members.

Roommate requests must be made using student numbers, not names. Be sure to have the student numbers of all students you want to be assigned with before you submit your application.

Applicants who apply with a group of two or more will be able to assign their entire group of mutually requested roommates. The first group member to select online may assign everyone to an available room, cluster or apartment; however, they will not be able to designate which room within a cluster or apartment is assigned to each person.

If, after being assigned by a group member, you wish to adjust your individual assignment within a cluster or apartment, you will have the opportunity to make that change by completing an online request. Details will be emailed to you after room selection ends.

Room selection tips

  • For the best chance of assigning yourself to one of your preferred rooms, log in to the room selection website as soon as you can after your appointment time begins.

  • We cannot accommodate requests for earlier appointments based on schedule conflicts. If you do not select a room by April 28, HFS will assign you based on the preferences you express in your application. You will still have the option to change your assignment before your selection period ends.

  • Have a backup plan. If there isn’t space available in your preferred building, room or apartment type, what are your other choices?

Next steps

  • Assignment confirmations will be emailed after room selection ends. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • You will be able to view your assigned room and roommate information in MyHFS on June 9.
  • Keep checking your UW email throughout the summer for more information about move-in. HFS will also send you a final assignment confirmation in mid-August.

If you decide to cancel

If you decide to cancel your application and assignment, you’ll be charged a fee based on the date you submit your cancellation notice.

Cancellation Date Charge
On or before April 30, 2019 $0
May 1–15, 2019 $150
May 16–31, 2019 $200
June 1–30, 2019 $300
July 1–31, 2019 $400
August 1–31, 2019 $500
12-month apartment: September 1–14, 2019 $500 + $15 per day
On or after September 15, 2019 $500 + full autumn quarter charges
9-month residence hall: September 1–17, 2019 $500 + $15 per day
On or after September 18, 2019 $500 + full autumn quarter charges

New for 2019–20

  • You will be asked for your preferred pronouns when you update your HFS Student Profile
  • Returning residents can pull in a new freshman or transfer student as a roommate, (but not a current student who does not already live on campus)
  • All HFS account charges will be billed to tuition accounts so that available financial aid funds can be transferred
  • The Business Living Learning Community is moving from Madrona Hall to McCarty Hall 3rd floor