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First-Year and Transfer Winter Application Tips

We’re so glad you’re planning on joining us this January. Below you’ll find some important information and tips for filling out your application. We will do our best to meet your housing preferences but we cannot guarantee a specific campus location, hall or room type. Assignments are first come, first served. Feel free to email us at if you have any questions.

Winter Application Timeline


Once you’ve paid your enrollment deposit, we will send an email to your U-M email with information on the application process. If you haven’t received an email within four weeks of submitting your enrollment deposit (and it is after November 6th) please contact us.

December 10

We begin sending out contract notifications. A message will be sent to your University email account when the contract is ready for your review. Contracts must be submitted online within three days from the date of contract notification. Unfortunately we cannot provide assignment information over the telephone.

December 21

Applications received December 22nd through January 1 will be assigned and contract notifications sent on or after January 2nd.

January 5

New residents may move in after 3:30 PM.

January 5

Current residents may return to their rooms after 5:00 PM 

January 8

Room and board payment due. 

IMportant Information

  • Submitting an application is not a contractual agreement. You are legally bound to a room only when you sign your contract.
  • Return your application within 30 days. If we do not hear from you by then, we will have to cancel the application.

  • Once an assignment has been made, it cannot be changed. If you refuse your assignment, we cannot offer you a new assignment until the first day of classes, if there are vacancies.
  • When making an assignment, we do not consider academic unit, employment location, family alumni status or any other factors that are not included on the application.

  • First-year students can be assigned with an upper-level undergraduate student.

  • If you are 17 years old by the time your contract starts, you will be placed with a first-year student. We do not, except in rare situations, house students under the age of 16.

  • We will work with students in an interactive process to accommodate requests related to disabilities, chronic health conditions, gender identity and religious observance. See the specific sections in the housing application instructions for more information.
  • Michigan Housing is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status.
  • First-year students are not required to live on campus although 97% choose to do so.

Winter Housing Application Tips

  • Room Environment: All of our residences and rooms are smoke-free. Each year, a percentage of rooms are designated as substance-free. Substance-free rooms offer an additional measure of support for students who choose not to drink, smoke or use illegal drugs. Learn more on our Additional Living Options page.
  • Room Type: Room and board rates are determined by the basic room type, regardless of features and amenities such air conditioning, room size, whether or not a building is new or renovated, location or proximity to dining. On your application, you will be asked to indicate at least two room-type groups. Each of the room types and rates below include the Unlimited Basic meal plan. If you’d like a different meal plan  you will be able to select it when submitting your contract. The groups are:
    Group Room Type Group Winter Term Rate**
    Group A Single $7,937
    Group B Two Room Triple with Private Bath Two Room Quad with Private Bath $7,937
    Group C Double Two-Room Double* Baits Two-Room Double with shared bath Baits Double with shared bath Two-Room Triple* Large Triple* Large Quad* Oxford Two-Room Quad $5,998
    Group D Triple Quad Fletcher Two-Room Triple $5,302
    *This room type is not usually available for freshmen or new incoming students.**These rates include the Unlimited Basic Meal Plan. Incoming transfer students may also be placed in a Northwood III apartment. Room and Board Rates
  • Corridor Preference: All Female Building accommodates 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.
  • Students with Disabilities and Health Accommodations:  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. Learn more on our Additional Living Options page.
  • Religious Observance: Michigan Housing is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We recognize student observance of their faith tradition may require consideration for placement in on-campus housing. Learn more on our Additional Living Options page.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing: We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We offer a variety of gender inclusive housing options. If you are interested in a gender inclusive room or apartment space, visit our Additional Living Options page.
  • Michigan Learning Communities: Michigan Learning Communities  provide smaller communities that focus on the exploration of a specific field of study. These communities are typically not available for winter term students. However if you are interested, you may contact the community directly via their website.
  • Roommate Request: Roommate requests take precedence over all other preferences (except health and disability accommodations). To request a roommate, all roommates must enter the 8-digit U-M ID number of the desired roommate(s) on the application before it is submitted. You must also be of the same gender.
  • CLAM: Please read the Community Living at Michigan standards.
  • Technology: Please read the Proper Use Agreement for technology.

If you have any questions, email us at