Before you apply
You will need this information during the application process:
- Determine which agreement length you prefer. Undergraduate students can apply for either 9-month residences or 12-month apartments.
- Which building, type of room and bathroom type you prefer
- If you are choosing a Living Learning Community
- If you are interested in a gender-inclusive or mixed-gender room
- Your choice of dining level
- Your choice of roommate(s) (optional)
You will also need to
- Agree to the application's terms
- Electronically sign the agreement
- Pay a $500 prepayment
A $500 prepayment is required for on-campus housing. Paying the prepayment is the last step in submitting your application. Your prepayment will be applied to your autumn quarter housing statement. Some students with financial need may submit the application without a prepayment.
Your Husky Home experience can be as unique as you are!
Living Learning Communities
Students who select a Living Learning Community (LLC) live together in the same area of a residence hall. Students have opportunities to connect outside of the classroom around common interests. LLCs integrate academic and social learning through faculty and staff guidance and holistic education.
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.
It is important to us that all UW 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, sexual identity, and allied members of the community.
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 UW student ID number in your application as your mutual roommate request.
If you are considering Greek life
Many students choose to join sororities or fraternities instead of living in the residence halls, and most of them participate in the formal recruitment held yearly. To learn more about the Greek formal recruitment process, please visit uwgreeks.com.
Students who apply for housing with HFS and also sign up for Greek recruitment will be handled differently based on their student type, application type, and HFS cancellation date.
For new freshmen and transfer students who pledge with IFC fraternities on good standing by August 31:
- HFS will cancel the housing application at no cost, and
- HFS will refund the student's prepayment
All other students:
Panhellenic primary recruitment
For new freshmen and transfer students who register for recruitment by August 15:
- HFS will cancel their 9-month housing application at no cost, and
- HFS will refund the student's deposit, and
- HFS will guarantee an open space if they apply for on-campus housing after having participated in recruitment, and
- Students who accept a bid to a sorority that can't offer a space to live in the house will be able to live in on-campus housing
All other students:
Requesting a specific roommate
You may request a specific roommate on your application. Your request will be accommodated if:
- Both applications are for the same agreement length
- Both applications have identical housing preferences
- Both applicants have the same assignment priority
- Space is available
If you want to request a specific roommate on your housing application, you will need their UW student ID number. We cannot guarantee requested roommates will be assigned together.
Students who request and are approved for a gender-inclusive room will be assigned with another student who has requested the same. Students who request a mixed-gender room and apply with a mutually requested roommate will be assigned together in the same room.
Except as required by law, assignments to UW housing facilities provided for students are made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status.
Finding a roommate
You are not required to find your own roommate; however, if you would like to, please consider the following resources:
If you don’t find a roommate on your own, we will assign one or more for you.
Select a dining level
The Resident Dining Program is a reliable and easy way for residents to eat and shop on campus. You may be required to have a dining plan unless you live in Mercer Court, Stevens Court or a studio apartment, where the dining account is optional.
Accommodation of students with disabilities
Students with individual accommodation or accessibility needs will follow the same housing application process as all students to apply for UW housing. In addition, the student will then register with UW’s Disability Resources for Students (DRS).
Family Housing applicants with a disabled family member may follow the same guidelines for application and registration with DRS.
Parking near your building
Depending on where you live on campus, parking areas and loading zones may not be located close to your building. Please be aware of this before making housing choices. A map of parking areas can be found on the UW website.