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Housing and COVID-19: View important information about winter term.

First-Year Application Information

Start here for an overview of our room assignment process, for instructions on filling out your first-year resident application, and transfer information.

Fall first-Year Housing Assignment OVerview


After U-M receives your enrollment deposit, we will send you an email with a link to the Michigan Housing application. If you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit and waited three weeks but have not received an email (and it’s after April 23rd), email us at Make sure you include your U-M ID number.

May 13

Applications received by May 13th are randomized for assignment. After May 13th, applications will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Application preferences are not guaranteed.


A message will be sent to your University email account when your contract is ready for review.  The day you receive your contract has no bearing on where you will live. (In other words, there are a variety of room types and locations available all the way through our assignment process.) Please submit your contract within three days of receiving it.

If you have not received your contract by August 15th, please email and include your U-M ID number. 


Mailing address, roommate notifiction, approximate room dimensions and move-in information (including your unloading permit, driving directions and time slot selection) become available online. 


Fall term room and board payment is due. 

Transfer Student Housing Assignment Overview

Welcome transfer students! You will receive an email notification when it’s time for you to apply for on-campus housing. We begin sending out fall term housing information in early May. We send out winter term Housing information in early November. If you don’t receive an email (including a link to your housing application) within four weeks of your enrollment deposit being received or waived, contact us through HELP and include your U-M ID number.

Transfer students are encouraged to consider the Transfer Year Experience (TYE) Theme Community. TYE is located in the Northwood III apartments and is a community designed for transfer students to develop lasting friendships, connect with on campus resources and together, navigate all that the University of Michigan has to offer.  

Important Information

  • Submitting an application is not a contractual agreement. You are legally bound to a room only when you sign your contract.

  • First-year students must submit their application within 30 days. Unfortunately, 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 assigning rooms, 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 to a room 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.

  • 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.

Housing Application Instructions

We want to help you find a home that is right for you. To prepare for the application, please read through the guidelines below. You can also learn more about some specific options by visiting our Other Living Options page. When you receive your application you will have 30 days to return it.

  • 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 at our Other 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 2019-2020 Rate**
Group A Single $14,318
Group B
Two-Room Triple with Private Bath
Two-Room Quad with Private Bath
Group C
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
Group D

*This room type is not usually available for first year or new incoming students.
**These rates include the Unlimited Basic Meal Plan.


  • All gender   The building and the corridor are open to all gender identities.
  • Female designated   The building is not identified by gender. The corridor is designated female.
  • Male designated    The building is not identified by gender. The corridor is designated male.
  • All female designated building   The building is designated all female.
  • 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.

Other Living Options

  • 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 Other 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 Other 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 Other 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.

  • Theme Communities:Theme Communities offer residents a scaffold of new learning opportunities and collaborative activities. They allow students to pursue passions, explore new interests in a co-curricular setting, and ready themselves to apply their learning to a complex and diverse world.

Roommate Request

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. 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.
  • CLAM: Please read the Community Living at Michigan standards.

  • Technology: Please read the Proper Use Agreement for technology.

Winter First-year and Transfer Information

Joining us in January? You’ll find the winter application timeline, helpful tips and important information on our winter application page.