Fall 2017 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.

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 substance-free housing to determine if this option is right for you.

Room Types, Rates & Meal Plans

2017-2018 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 freshmen 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$13,364
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

When choosing your room type preference, you will also be asked to rank your bathroom preference. Available choices are:

  • Residence hall room - non-community bath (shared bathroom with 1-4 other people)
  • Residence hall room - community bath (shared bathroom with 10-60 people)

The majority of rooms with non-community baths are located in Baits.  Baits 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 Group B.

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. You will be asked to rank whether you would prefer a residence hall located on Central Campus/the Hill or North Campus.

Please be advised that a significant percentage of freshmen live in North Campus residences. Many freshmen-eligible spaces in Central Campus and Hill Area residences are dedicated to students in Michigan Learning Communities.

Corridor Types

  • All Female Building accomodates only females. 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 of the corridor are of the same gender. 
  • Mixed Gender Corridors: Roommates are the same gender, but men and women may live next door to one another. Bathrooms in the hall are designated as male or female bathrooms. 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.

Roommate Requests

If you would like to request a specific roommate or roommates, 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.
  • Roommate requests take precedence over all other preferences including campus neighborhood. Historically, the majority of students who request roommates are assigned to the North Campus Neighborhood. 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 9. 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 before it is submitted.
  • Submit their applications on the same day. If your requested roommate(s) has not received a housing application, you will need to wait to submit your application until your requested roommate receives his/her application.
  • Request the same campus neighborhood, the same room environment, the same Room Type Group, and the same bathroom type.
  • Students with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

    Accommodations for disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. University Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, please complete and submit the Documentation for Accommodation Needs form and attach any requested documentation within five days of housing application submission. Conditions that may require accommodation include, but are not limited to: significant mobility disability, deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, diabetes, mental health disorders, and/or significant temporary health condition, such as chemotherapy treatment or surgical recovery. Accommodation for a student's housing assignment because of a disability or chronic health condition supercedes all other requests including roommates.

    Learn more about accommodations for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

    Religious Observance

    Religiously observant Jewish students who follow vehicular travel restrictions may submit a request for special consideration for assignment. This request must be supported by an Accommodation for Religious Observance form and a letter from the student's rabbi. The letter should state that it is the normal practice of the applying student not to drive or ride in a vehicle from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and on other holidays. Students who are prohibited from using electronic locks on the Sabbath may also use this form to request manual keys. The form and letter must be received within five business days of application submission. This request will take priority over all other preferences, including roommate requests. Students who are applying to a Michigan Learning Community are strongly encouraged to complete this form in the event admission to the MLC is not offered.

    Learn more about accommodations for religiously observant students.

    Gender-Inclusive Housing

    University Housing works to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive living experience for all students. We offer gender-inclusive housing that is supportive of students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Housing assignments are made on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in a gender-inclusive room or apartment space, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Learn more about gender-inclusive housing.

    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 range from community service to cutting-edge research to foreign languages to health sciences. MLCs combine the personal attention of a small college environment with the unparalleled resources of a large research university.

    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

    Freshmen are eligible to live in theme based communities. There are no academic requirements but programming and services are offered to help explore and experience the University with other students who share your interests.

    Adelia Cheever Program: a community focused on preparing women for leadership in a global society. This community is housed in the Helen Newberry Residence.

    Sustainable Living Experience (SLE): a community rooted in experiential learning and engaged citizenship in various aspects of sustainability as well as climate and environmental justice. This community is housed in the Oxford Houses.


    Entrepreneurship is a theme community focused on bringing residents together in a residential setting with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. The theme combines in-hall programs with a creative exploration into entrepreneurship. Innovation is focused on providing guidance to our residents as they navigate the entrepreneurial network that will assist in making the most of their Michigan experience.

    Ranked #3 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs, Michigan offers entrepreneurial opportunities from many backgrounds and area of study. Participants of the theme will live, learn, and build a social network among each other for added personal and professional support.

    Students admitted to Entrepreneurship will be assigned rooms in East Quadrangle Residence Hall.

    Theme Expectations

    Students participate in the following activities:

    • Participate in programs provided as part of the Entrepreneurship experience
    • Opportunity to enroll in entrepreneur courses
    • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
    • Attend programs and workshops outside of the residence halls
    • Engage in leadership opportunities on-campus and within the residential community
    Entrepreneurship is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.. Participants should have a strong desire to engage with the Innovation community and live with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures.


    First Generation (1st Gen) theme housing will provide an extra layer of support for students who are the first to attend college in their family, during their first year of college. 1st Gen will maximize the success of the residents by helping them connect to each other, and creating a support system within the community. 1st Gen is dedicated to facilitating the development of helpful relationships between residents and the University of Michigan staff, and through offering intentional academic and personal development programming that will help students make the most of their Michigan experience..

    Students will commit to deep learning addressing topics surrounded by transitioning to college and academic skill development. Through active involvement 1st Gen students will be better prepared to meet the demands of university life through understanding of self, utilization of campus resources, and developing meaningful relationships with students and staff.

    Students admitted to 1st Gen program will be assigned rooms in Couzens Residence Hall.

    Theme Expectations

    Students participate in the following activities:

    • Participate in programs provided as part of the 1st Gen experience
    • Enroll in a specific Michigan course
    • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
    • Attend programs and workshops outside of the residence halls
    • Engage in leadership opportunities on-campus and within the residential community
    1st Gen is open to first generation college students in their first-year from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges. Participants should have a strong desire to engage with the 1st Gen community and live with those of diverse backgrounds and cultures.


    The Multicultural Housing Community (MHC) is designed to facilitate deep communication and understanding amongst students of diverse backgrounds and identities in an intentional manner. Students will commit to deep learning across difference and experience how to be accountable to their inclusive community. The community meaningfully engages with social justice education and restorative justice practices within their community, and thinks critically about how these values manifest in the residential community, on campus, and globally.

    Social Justice is a way to promote diversity and inclusion within the community through education and community engagement. We strive to recognize the global society and diverse communities that our students make up and by doing that, create inclusive communities. Restorative Justice Practices engage community members in conversations about harm and collective accountability. The Restorative framework and practice emphasizes respect, relationships, and responsibility.

    Students admitted to the Multicultural Theme will be assigned rooms in West Quadrangle Residence Hall.

    Theme Expectations

    Students participate in the following activities:

    • Participate in programs provided as part of the MHC experience
    • Coordinate programs or events in consultation with ResStaff for the community
    • Enroll in ALA 171 their first semester living in the community
    • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
    • Attend multi-cultural programs outside of the residence halls
    The Multicultural Theme is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges. Participants should have a strong desire to engage in diversity and inclusion education and work, and to live in a community of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

    Once you have submitted your housing application, you will have the ability to review your preferences and housing status.

    Application Availablity

    The first release of University Housing applications will be available at the beginning of April.  Please return here to begin your application when you receive your email notification.

    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