Fall 2018 Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions before you begin the application process. It is important that you fully understand your options so you can make the best choices for your needs and correctly communicate your housing preferences to avoid delays.

We are in the process of updating our Housing Application; some of the below information may change (or we may ask the questions differently). However, the topics below are important and will be helpful to review prior to completing your application.

You may have older friends, siblings or other relatives who have lived in a U-M residence hall. Their experiences are valuable, but keep in mind our policies and procedures have changed over the years and their advice may no longer apply. Please refer to this website and the Housing Information Office for up-to-date information.

Housing Preferences

Room Environment

Residents and guests in any part of a University Housing facility are expected to comply with federal and local regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs.

All University Housing rooms and apartments are smoke-free. Each year, a percentage of our living spaces are designated as substance-free. Substance-free rooms offer an additional measure of support for students who choose not to drink, smoke, or use drugs.

Read more about the substance-free environment to determine if this option is right for you.

Room Types, Rates & Meal Plans

2018-2019 Room Types and Estimated Rates

At the University of Michigan, room and board rates are determined by the basic room type, regardless of features and amenities such as air conditioning, room size, whether or not a building is new or renovated, location or proximity to dining. Most first-year students will be assigned to double or triple rooms, however, some singles are available. The University of Michigan Board of Regents approves final room and board rates in the spring of each year. We post these rates on our website as soon as they become available, usually mid to late June.

On your housing application, you will be asked to choose and rank two groups. You can be assigned to any of the room types within your group preferences. We will only assign you to a  Group A or Group B rate if it is your first or second choice on your application.

NOTE: Not all room types are listed in the boxes below.

GroupRoom Type GroupTypical  Rate*
Group ASingle$13,766
Group B

2-room triple with private bath
2-room quad with private bath

Group C



Group DTriple


*These rates include the Unlimited Basic Plan, although you will be able to select your desired meal plan when submitting your contract.  

Bathroom Types

The residence halls have primarily two bathroom types:

  • Non-community bath (shared bathroom with 1-4 other people)
  • Community bath (shared bathroom with 10-60 people)

The majority of rooms with non-community baths are located in Baits II.  Baits II rooms feature a suite configuration with a connected or associated bathroom shared by two to five suitemates of the same gender.  Very few rooms with non-community baths are available in the central campus/hill area. Those that are available are in Rate Group B.

There are gender-inclusive bathrooms in some of the residence halls.

Students in suites/apartments/rooms with private bath are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. 

Campus Neighborhoods

U-M residence halls are located in one of three neighborhoods: Central Campus, the Hill and North Campus.

The North Campus neighborhood residence halls, Bursley and Baits II, house primarily first-year students.  You may be assigned there. You will be asked if the North Campus neighborhood is your first preference.  Choosing "Second Preference" does not guarantee a placement in the Central or Hill neighborhoods.  

Corridor Types

  • All Female Building accomodates female residents only. The University of Michigan does not offer an all male building.
  • Same-Gender Corridors are corridors within mixed-gender residence halls in which all residents are of the same gender.The building is mixed-gender, but residents on a corridor are of the same gender. 
  • Mixed-Gender Corridors: Roommates are the same gender, but the corridor may be mixed-gender. Bathrooms are designated male, female or gender-inclusive. You will not be assigned to a mixed-gender corridor unless you request it or are admitted into a Michigan Learning Community that consists mostly of mixed-gender corridors.

Other Housing Considerations

Religious Observance

Whenever possible, University Housing works to accommodate residents’ needs related to religious observance.

Learn more about accommodations for religiously observant students.

Gender Inclusive Housing

University Housing is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We offer a variety of gender inclusive housing options to ensure that University Housing is a supportive space for residents of all gender identities and gender expressions. Gender Inclusive Housing provides multiple housing options for students.

Learn more about gender inclusive housing.

Students with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

We will work with students with a legally qualifying disability to meet their individual needs and will engage in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations. 

If you indicate on your housing application an accommodation need based on a legally qualifying disability, you will need to provide medical documentation in support of your request.  If the documentation is not already on file with the Housing Information Office, you need to complete and submit the Documentation for Accommodation Needs form within 5 business days of completing your housing application.

Submitting the Documentation for Accommodation Needs form is not a guarantee you will receive the accommodations recommended on the form.

The information you provide will have no bearing on your general eligibility for housing.  Students with disabilities are assigned roommates in the same manner as all other residence hall applicants, unless they specifically request a single room and one is available at the time their application is processed.  Accommodation requests take precedence over all other requests, including roommates.

Accommodations for first-year residents with conditions that do not fall under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) serve as a bridge to assist students with their transition from home to college. A placement in your first year does not guarantee on-campus housing, nor a specific placement in on-campus housing, beyond the first year.

Services for Students with Disabilities does not share information with University Housing.

Roommate Requests

If you would like to request a specific roommate, consider the following:

  • Michigan Learning Community (MLC) applications take precedence over roommate requests. If you are admitted to an MLC, roommate requests may not be considered. Further, it is conceivable one roommate will be admitted and one will not. Some MLCs do not consider roommate requests in their room placements.
  • Accommodation for a student's housing assignment because of a disability or chronic health condition supercedes all other requests including roommates.
  • You may search for a roommate via our roommate finder until May 7. This service allows you to search for a roommate; we will not match you with a roommate based on your roommate finder profile.
  • To request a roommate, ALL roommates must:

  • Enter the 8-digit U-M student ID number of the other roommates on the application.
  • Enter the same housing preferences including North Campus neighborhood preference,  room environment, and room type rate group.
  • Living-Learning Programs

    Michigan Learning Communities

    Michigan Learning Communities (MLCs) draw together a diverse group of students and faculty who share common intellectual interests and goals. These interests include the arts, community service, cutting-edge research, foreign languages, and the health sciences.

    For complete information on available Michigan Learning Communities and to prepare your required essay questions, please go to the MLC Application Instructions.

    If you are interested in participating in a Michigan Learning Community, you will be prompted to fill out the required application at the end of the University Housing Freshman Housing Application. We recommend that you view the MLC application instructions and essay questions before you begin the online process.

    Theme Communities

    Participate in a theme community and you’ll discover an avenue for connecting with peers, mentors, and campus resources -- and an easier way to transition into and navigate through college life. A theme community allows you to explore and experience the University with other students who share your interests.

    Learn more about theme communities


    Begin the Application Process

    If you have read these guidelines and it is on or after your application available date posted in the email received from University Housing, you can use the button below to apply for housing.

    Apply now!

    University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

    For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
    Email: housing@umich.edu
    Phone: (734) 763-3164