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Apply in April

The 2020–21 housing applications open on April 14, 2020.‚Äč 

Get first choice for rooms

Current residents (students who lived with us for any part of winter quarter or spring quarter) who apply to live on campus by the April 20 deadline will have the first choice for rooms in all residence halls and apartments. No matter when you apply during the April 14–20 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 can apply on May 6. 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!

How to apply


Update your student profile now
on MyHFS


Fill out the application beginning
April 14 at 2 pm


Complete your application by noon on April 20 to get first priority

Before you apply

  • Decide on a 9- or 12-month agreement
  • Read the housing 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, 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 a student who doesn't currently live on campus:

  • Request them by student number on your application
  • Complete the 2020–21 Roommate Pull-in Request by April 16
  • Tell your requested roommate to apply by April 20
  • 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 24. 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 28 Ends on May 31
12-month apartments Begins on April 28 Ends on May 3


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.

In this case, "current room" refers to the room you occupied at the beginning of winter quarter. If you would like any other room, you may search for it during your room selection period.

  • 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'll only be given search results for areas that you and your roommate 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


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'll 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 don't select a room by April 28, HFS will assign you based on the preferences you express in your application. You'll 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'll be able to view your assigned room and roommate information on your MyHFS Homepage on June 1.
  • 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 May 15, 2020 $0
May 16–31, 2020 $200
June 1–30, 2020 $300
July 1–31, 2020 $400
August 1–31, 2020 $500
12-month apartment: September 1–12, 2020 $500 + $15 per day
On or after September 13, 2020 $500 + full autumn quarter charges
9-month residence hall: September 1–22, 2020 $500 + $15 per day
On or after September 23, 2020 $500 + full autumn quarter charges

New for 2020–21

  • Any student who lived with us for any part of winter quarter or spring quarter is considered a current resident.
  • If you select that you want to return to your current room, we will assign you to the room you occupied at the beginning of winter quarter, or your spring quarter room for new spring move-ins.
  • Haggett Hall will close permanently at the end of spring quarter 2020.
  • A new residence hall, Oak Hall, will open starting in autumn quarter, with 128 double rooms with private bath, fifteen 4-person suites with private bath, nine 3-person suites with private bath, and two studio apartments with private bath.
  • Single-gender community bathrooms in Madrona Hall will convert to all-gender. Students who prefer a single-gender option bathroom may select a room with a private or semi-private bathroom.
  • Returning residents can pull any undergraduate UW student in as a roommate, including new freshmen, transfer students or current students who don't already live on campus.
  • The substance-free room option will be eliminated. Students who prefer to live with a roommate who shares their commitment to substance-free living may use one of the roommate finder message boards linked above to seek out a roommate with similar values.
  • Students who currently live in gender-inclusive rooms will not be required to submit additional information for approval to return to a gender-inclusive room for 2020 –21.
  • Nordheim Court buildings 7 and 8 will operate on a 9-month agreement duration for 2020 –21, and will be closed during summer quarter 2021. Those buildings will revert to the 12-month duration in autumn quarter 2021.
  • Students selecting a space in a 9-month apartment in Mercer Court, Nordheim Court or Stevens Court will have the option of choosing a mixed-gender apartment.
  • Students who cancel because they are joining a fraternity or participating in sorority recruitment must cancel their own housing applications. HFS will no longer cancel applications for returning residents joining Greek Life.
  • The Arts Living Learning Community will move from Elm Hall to Oak Hall 5th floor
  • The Global Experience Living Learning Community will move from Haggett Hall to Poplar Hall 3rd floor
  • The Pre-health Living Learning Community will expand to include one additional floor, and will occupy Alder Hall floors 5–7.