Welcome to Michigan Housing! We are excited to announce that we will be open this fall to welcome new incoming students to the university and our community.
Start here for an overview of our room assignment process, for instructions on filling out your first-year resident application.
The information here may change, so we will do our best to keep this page updated with the university’s plans.
Fall first-Year Housing Assignment OVerview
EARLY APRIL THROUGH AUGUST
After U-M receives your enrollment deposit, we will send you an email with a link to the Michigan Housing application. We will begin sending you links to matriculated students in mid April. If you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit and waited three weeks but have not received an email (and it’s after April 11th), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your U-M ID number.
Once you receive your application, you have until May 6 to submit it back to Housing. The application will ask for your preferences, and we do our best to meet them based on the rooms we have available. While we are not able to guarantee your preferences, be sure you take the time to let us know what you are looking for. If you are requesting an accommodation for health or religious observance, you will also want to gather any documentation you might need. Applications received by May 6th are randomized for assignment. After May 6th, applications will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Application preferences are not guaranteed.
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST
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 business days of receiving it.
If you have not received your contract by August 15th, please email email@example.com and include your U-M ID number. Someone will follow up with you in a timely fashion.
Your mailing address, roommate information (if applicable), approximate room dimensions and move-in information (including your unloading permit, driving directions and time slot selection) become available online.
Parking permit applications become available for students living on-campus who are interested in bringing a car. Spaces are limited and permits are not guaranteed.
Fall term room and board payment is due.
Note: Rates for 2022-2023 have not been determined at this time. They will be shared as soon as possible and are not final until approved by the Board of Regents.
Transfer students will receive an email with a link to a housing application in mid April, if you’ve paid your enrollment deposit. There is no deadline for submitting an application. Housing assignments for transfer students who have applied will be available via a self-selection process launching in mid-May. Housing is not guaranteed through this process, and transfer students should also explore Undergraduate Contract Reassignment as a means to obtain on-campus housing, as well as explore off-campus housing options through resources such as Beyond the Diag.
Important Information FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
Submitting an application is not a contractual agreement. You are legally bound to a room only when you sign your contract.
- If you decline the housing assignment sent to you, we will not be able to offer another until the beginning of fall term, provided 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 in the application
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.
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. To learn more about residence halls, consult our Residence Halls Comparison. You can also learn more about some specific options by visiting our Additional 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 Additional Living Options Page.
Room Type: The majority of rooms available for first-year students are double occupancy. Although there is no guarantee of a particular room type, there are some single occupancy and suite style units. Both of these options are generally at a higher rate than a double occupancy unit. Rate information available here.
- 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.
Additional 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 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.
LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Michigan Learning Communities: Michigan Learning Communities provide smaller communities that focus on the exploration of a specific field of study. Applications are due by May 6.
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.
Applications are due by May 6.
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 supersedes all other requests including roommates.
- If you find a potential roommate, and you mutually provide each other’s names on the application, we will do our best to assign you together. Roommates should make sure their room preferences closely align.
You may search for a roommate via our roommate finder. This service allows you to search for a roommate; if you find a potential roommate, and you mutually provide each other’s names on the application, we will do our best to assign you together. Roommates should make sure their room preferences closely align. Information submitted via the roommate finder is a tool for students to find a roommate and is not used by Michigan Housing to make housing placements.
- 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.