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Early Fall Start Information

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.

The EFS Housing Applications Opens at 2 pm (PDT), on May 6, 2020.

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. Starting on May 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. (PDT) 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.

Assignment notification

We will begin sending EFS assignment information in late July. Throughout the summer and academic year, we will send correspondence to you via your UW email account. Please check your UW email account regularly.

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.

Moving in

EFS move-in is Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

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 change your appointment, or you may move in during front desk hours. Check-In details will be available in early August.

Early arrival housing for EFS may be accommodated through our Conference Services Office. Housing availability is limited. Guest housing requests must be submitted at least seven days before arrival.

Are you attending First Year Programs’ advising and orientation session the overlaps with EFS move-In? Please inquire with First Year Programs.