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Early Fall Start Information

EFS Move-In is Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

Early Fall Start (EFS), an elective program that runs from Aug. 25–Sept. 18, 2020, is designed to give freshmen an early start to the academic year. Students take one intensive four-week course before the beginning of the 2020–21 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.

Arriving to Campus

All students moving in for Early Fall Start should arrive to the UW W10 parking lot for check-in.

Use the following instructions to find this location (directions from I-5):

  1. Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington.
  2. Move to the right lane as soon as possible and turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE.
  3. 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.
  4. Go straight on NE Campus Parkway and take the first right at Brooklyn Avenue NE.
  5. Continue one block and turn right onto Lincoln Way NE
  6. Turn left onto Cowlitz Road
  7. Follow the signs to the W-10 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: 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.

Check-In

Husky Card: Your UW student ID card allows you access to your residence hall, dining facilities and amenity spaces. You will be asked to present it at check-in. You may check in by showing another form of photo ID; however, the Husky Card is your key card for access to your building. If you don’t receive your card before you move in, you will need to obtain one from the Husky Card Account & ID Center (Husky Card Office), located on the ground floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Please check their website for current operating hours.

If you sent in your picture to the Husky Card Office prior to check-in, you may be able to receive your Husky Card at your residence hall front desk.

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

Keys: You will be given your room and mailbox keys when you check in in the W10 parking lot. The keys are assigned to you uniquely; avoid switching keys with a roommate. Report lost or stolen keys to your residence hall front desk immediately. Once you have received your keys, you may begin moving into your room.

Red Emergency Backpack: New residents are provided with a red emergency backpack when they first check into their residential community. You will receive this at the W10 parking lot. This comprehensive kit includes water, food rations and other emergency supplies. The contents will remain viable for several years. Please keep your red emergency backpack for as long as you live with us.

Before you arrive

A few 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, we’re 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 to your UW email from HFS Desk Services when your package is received by HFS Desk Services. Upon move-in, any packages that were not previously delivered to your room will be available for pickup at your regional front desk during EFS.

Package Delivery to YOUR Room before you arrive

Depending on package volume prior to EFS, HFS Desk Services may deliver some packages directly to the rooms of some incoming residents. Please be sure to check your room in case some of your packages were delivered there before coming to your regional front desk to retrieve packages.

Be aware that if packages are delivered to your room, they may be for any resident in your room. It is important that you check the shipping label and verify ownership before opening any packages delivered to your room. It is also important that you confirm that a package does not belong to any of your roommates before returning it to your regional front desk. Should you discover a package that has been delivered to your room in error, please return that item to your regional front desk for appropriate handling.

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

  1. Complete Your HFS Student Profile on your MyHFS Homepage.
  2. 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 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.

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 spectrums of gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual identity, and allied members of the community.

Because of our strong commitment to inclusivity and safety in these spaces, we have high standards for students interested in living in gender-inclusive rooms to demonstrate their understanding of gender and what it means to be specifically aware of the needs of students:

  • In the process of discovering their gender identity;
  • Who are transitioning from one gender to another;
  • Who do not wish to identify themselves by sex or gender identity;
  • Who identify as outside of the gender binary;
  • Whose gender identity is fluid;
  • Who do not conform to society’s expectations to their gender assigned at birth (gender non-conforming)

While gender-inclusive rooms are open to any student, only students who agree to fully support the commitment AND demonstrate a strong understanding of gender will be assigned to a gender-inclusive room.

If you request this housing option you will be asked to complete a statement of commitment available at the end of this application.

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. 16
    (with autumn quarter housing and dining charges)

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

Agreement cancellation

If you wish to cancel your housing application before moving in, you must do so via your MyHFS home page. (If you want to cancel for both EFS and the academic year, you must cancel each application separately.)

If you submit your cancellation within one week of submitting your application, you will not be assessed a cancellation charge as long as you have not yet been assigned to a room.

If you cancel your application after one week or if you have been assigned, for any reason, including the fact that you have decided not to attend the UW, you are subject to a cancellation charge as outlined in your housing agreement. The charge increases as the beginning of the quarter approaches. Please review the agreement before cancelling.

Cancellation charges

If you cancel your EFS and academic year housing at the same time, you will be assessed only one cancellation charge, based on the greater of the two amounts. If you cancel the two applications separately, you will be assessed cancellation charges for each.

Cancellation Received    Charge
Within one week of submitting application   $0
On or before May 15, 2020 $150
May 16–31, 2020 $200
June 1–30, 2020 $300
July 1–31, 2020 $400
August 1–21, 2020 $500
On or after August 22, 2020 $500 + full housing charges


Dining options

EFS students may use their dining account at any campus location. For more information on dining locations including restaurants, caf├ęs, food trucks and express markets, see our Dining Locations page on our website. 

The dining account for EFS residents is $614. The entire amount is available at the beginning of the EFS period (Aug. 22).


Dining Account Balance
If you will move off campus at the end of EFS, any unused balance on your dining account will expire. Funds are nonrefundable, cannot be transferred to your Husky Card Account, and will not carry over to autumn quarter. Therefore, it is important that you plan your dining account spending accordingly.

If you continue living on campus at the end of EFS, your unused dining account funds will carry over to autumn quarter.

Before you arrive

A few 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, we’re 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 to your UW email from HFS Desk Services when your package is received by HFS Desk Services. Upon move-in, any packages that were not previously delivered to your room will be available for pickup at your regional front desk during EFS.

Package Delivery to YOUR Room before you arrive

Depending on package volume prior to EFS, HFS Desk Services may deliver some packages directly to the rooms of some incoming residents. Please be sure to check your room in case some of your packages were delivered there before coming to your regional front desk to retrieve packages.

Be aware that if packages are delivered to your room, they may be for any resident in your room. It is important that you check the shipping label and verify ownership before opening any packages delivered to your room. It is also important that you confirm that a package does not belong to any of your roommates before returning it to your regional front desk. Should you discover a package that has been delivered to your room in error, please return that item to your regional front desk for appropriate handling.