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Housing & Food Services

Early Fall Start Housing

About Early Fall Start

Early Fall Start (EFS), an elective program that runs from August 23–September 16, 2022, is designed to give first year students an early start to the academic year. Students take one intensive four-week course before the beginning of the 2022–23 academic year and earn five credits.

EFS move-in day is on August 20. 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 emailed in mid-July.

The information provided below assumes campus has returned to pre-COVID operations. Changes and restrictions may apply in consideration of public health requirements.

Live on campus during EFS

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 2022–23 academic year.

Before you apply for EFS housing

How to apply

The Early Fall Start Housing Application will open on May 16, 2022

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

  2. Return to your MyHFS Homepage and complete the EFS housing application.

You will also need to:

  • Agree to the application terms
  • Electronically sign the Early Fall Start Housing Agreement
  • Electronically sign the HFS Public Health Agreement
  • If you are younger than 18, have your parent/guardian electronically sign a Cosigner Agreement

Application cancellation

If you want to cancel your housing application before you move in, you must do so on your MyHFS Homepage. Details about how to cancel and what charges may apply are available on the Application Cancellation and Deferment page.

Housing assignments

Assignments are made based on autumn quarter priority or, for those who haven’t applied for autumn quarter, based on application date.

Students will be assigned  based on priority to any available room, regardless of rate including, but not limited to, a triple room, apartment or temporary housing space and assignment preferences expressed by the student including, but not limited to, building, room type, Living Learning Community and roommate preferences.

If you aren't assigned a room for autumn quarter, you will need to move out after EFS.

Housing options

Building Room type Bathroom Number of residents
Alder Hall Triple Private 3
Double Private 2
Oak Hall Triple Private 3
Double Private 2

*We plan for all residence halls to return to their pre-COVID capacity. This may change based on guidance from the CDC and Public Health-Seattle & King County.

Assignment process

If you apply for You need to know that
Residence hall housing for the academic year in addition to EFS and do not request a Living Learning Community for the academic year
  • You will be assigned to a room in Alder Hall or Oak Hall for the EFS period and may be placed in a different assignment for autumn quarter.
  • If placed in a different assignment, you must move to your academic year room by noon on September 10.
Residence hall housing for the academic year in addition to EFS and request the Pre-Health Sciences Living Learning Community (LLC) or the Arts Living Learning Community (LLC) for the academic year
  • You will be assigned to the same room for both EFS and the academic year.
  • We are unable to accommodate requests for elective room changes or mutual swaps between EFS and the academic year.
  • You may remain in your room during the break between EFS classes ending and autumn quarter classes starting.
Residence hall housing for the academic year in addition to EFS and request an LLC that is not Pre-Health Sciences or Arts for the academic year
  • You will be assigned to a room in Alder Hall or Oak Hall for EFS and if space in the LLC is open for autumn, you will be assigned to it.
  • You must move to your academic year room by noon on September 10.
Housing for EFS only or do not have an assignment for the beginning of the academic year
  • You will be assigned to a room in Alder Hall or Oak Hall, only for the EFS period.
  • You must vacate by 6 pm on September 16.

Roommate requests

HFS only accepts roommate requests for the academic year. We are not able to accommodate requests for the EFS period. Here is the roommate assignment process:

My preferred roommate and I will be living on campus for EFS only. HFS cannot accommodate roommate requests for EFS.
My preferred roommate and I will be living on campus for both EFS and the academic year. HFS will attempt to assign you and your requested roommate together in the same room for both periods.
I will live on campus for both EFS and the academic year, but my preferred roommate will only be on campus for the academic year.

HFS will attempt to assign you in the same room for both periods, and to assign your requested roommate with you for the academic year.

Single-gender rooms

Most shared rooms within the residence halls are assigned to two or more students of the same gender. If you don't specify your preference for a different type of assignment, you can expect to be in a room with another person or people whose gender is the same as yours according to their record with the UW.

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

Mixed-gender rooms

Mixed-gender rooms and apartments are open to all students, regardless of your gender. You can specify on your application that you want to live with a person of a different gender and put that person's student number in your application as your mutual roommate request.

Dining on campus during EFS

The dining account allotment for EFS residents is $659. The entire allotment will be available when you move in. This allotment allows you about $15 per day to spend on dining. You may use your dining account at any campus location. For more information on dining locations including restaurants, cafés, food trucks and markets, see our Dining Locations page

Dining account funds will remain available for you to use through June 10, 2023. At that point, any unused balance will be forfeited. Dining funds are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to your Husky Card Account.

To ensure that your dining funds last throughout your stay with us, and to avoid forfeiting excess funds, we recommend you monitor your spending habits and adjust if necessary.

EFS housing move-in

Move-in day is August 20, 2022. Your move-in appointment time will be sent with your assignment information. You'll be able to change your appointment time if you can’t move in during your assigned time.

Before you arrive

Here are a few helpful 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, call us at 206-543-4059 or email us and we’ll be 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 in your UW email from HFS Desk Services when your package is received. Upon move in, any packages that were not previously delivered to your room will be available for pick up at your regional desk.

Directions to campus

Alder Hall

Students moving in for Early Fall Start living in Alder Hall should arrive at the UW W12 parking lot for check in. Use this Google map for directions from I-5.

Directions to W12 parking lot (from I-5)

  1. Take exit 169
  2. Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington.
  3. After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane. Take a right on 15th Ave NE.
  4. Proceed straight, staying in the right lane. Take a right on NE 40th St.
  5. Take the first left on University Way NE
  6. Turn right to enter the W12 parking lot.

Oak Hall

Students moving in for Early Fall Start, living in Oak Hall should arrive at the Willow Desk for check-in.

Directions to Willow Desk (from I-5)

  1. Take exit 169
  2. Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington
  3. After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane.
  4. Take a right on Memorial Way NE
  5. After the UW Gatehouse, take a left on Stevens Way NE
  6. Take a left on to Sluʔwiɫ (previously Whitman Ct NE). You will see McMahon Hall on the corner.

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

The University of Washington’s COVID guidelines and recommendations can be found on our Coronavirus FAQ page.

Face coverings: While optional, we continue to welcome and encourage mask wearing. Masks remain an important tool against respiratory illnesses of all kinds and offer greater protection that can help all in our community feel safe. The UW Face Covering Policy is updated to outline current guidelines.

When you check-in

  1. You will be asked to present your Husky Card at check-in. You may check in by showing another form of photo ID. Friends and family cannot check-in on your behalf.
  2. You will be given your room and mailbox keys
  3. Once you have received your keys, you may begin moving into your room.

Husky Card: Your Husky Card is your key card for access to your building. If you arrive without your Husky Card, you will receive a temporary building access card.

If you didn’t receive your card before 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.

Keys: You will be given room and mailbox keys (West Campus only) when you check in.

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

EFS housing and dining payments

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: September 1, 2022
  • If you will live on campus for autumn quarter: October 14, 2022
    (with autumn quarter housing and dining charges)

Information about billing and payments can be found on our Financial Information for Residents page.

EFS move-out process

The move-out process is developed to maximize CDC-recommended physical distancing guidelines and to make it as simple as possible to move out in a safe manner. The following details may change depending on public health conditions at move-out.

If you are… You can…
Continuing in the same room for the academic year Remain in your room throughout the gap between EFS and autumn quarter
Moving to a different room for the academic year Complete your room change between 8 am and noon on Saturday, September 10
Moving out at the end of EFS Check out by 6 pm on Friday, September 16

Move-out steps

  • Follow checkout procedures.
  • If you have questions or concerns during your checkout, please contact your building's Community Manager.

Other important information

  • You can check-out vacuums through your community vacuum check-out schedule. Check with your RA.
  • Carts will not be provided by HFS for move-out, as we do not have capacity to adequately disinfect and sanitize between each use.
  • Please clean your room. If you are not able to vacuum, there will be no cleaning charges applied for not vacuuming, but other cleaning charges and damage charges will still apply.
  • Please adhere to CDC-recommended physical distancing guidelines.