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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 University Housing application. If you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit and waited three weeks but have not received an email (and it’s after April 4rd), email us at Make sure you include your U-M ID number.

May 6

Applications recieved 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.


A message will be sent to your University email account when our 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. 

August 28 - 30: Move-in

Undergraduate move-in begins Wednesday for students in approved programs. General move-in is Thursday and Friday and is determined by an online time slot selection process. More information will be available throughout the summer. 


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 late March. 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 select an apartment in the Northwood III apartments, home of the Transfer Year Experience Theme Community

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.

  • University 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 give some thought to the questions below. It will be helpful to read all the way through the list to get a good idea of the question order. 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, so you will have time to explore these questions then, too.

  • 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:
    GroupRoom Type GroupWinter Term Rate**
    Group ASingle$6,682
    Group BTwo Room Triple with Private Bath
    Two Room Quad with Private Bath
    Group CDouble
    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 DTriple
    Fletcher Two-Room Triple

    *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 Other Living Options page.
  • Religious Observance:University 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.
  • 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.Lear

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.