Apply for Housing
Housing and Residence Life is the on-campus choice committed to helping students succeed. Our residence halls are all within walking distance to campus resources like the library, recreational center, dining and sporting events. Proximity to classes is a proven contributing factor to academic success.
If you have questions or need special room accommodations, please contact us: email@example.com or 208-885-6571.
2020-2021 Residence Hall Application Important Dates
Spring Semester: Now open for all students
2021-2022 Residence Hall Application Important Dates
November 17: New first-year student application opens (2021-2022)
February 2-5: Current resident same room renewal* (2021-2022)
February 9: Current resident any room renewal* 2021-2022)
February 9: New non-first year student room application opens (2021-2022)
March 22: Summer Housing application opens (2021-2022)
*For qualifying non-first year buildings only.
Students will need to pay a $200 housing deposit to reserve their room.
- The deposit is returned to the student’s University Account upon successful completion of the terms of the license agreement.
- Cancellation of the Housing & Residence Life contract will result in forfeit of the deposit.
Have a roommate you want to live with?
If you and a friend know that you want to live together, we recommend that you apply around the same time. Since you are able to choose your exact room and location during the application, it is very easy to find a room that has two available spots and assign yourselves to that location.
Do not have a roommate you want to live with?
If you do not have a roommate in mind prior to applying for the residence halls, that is okay! The majority of students living in the residence halls are in the same situation as you. Our Housing & Residence Life Application makes it simple to find potential successful roommate matches.
The application asks 10 or more lifestyle questions regarding sleeping habits, study needs and overall interests. You are able to see where students have applied and view their profiles to potentially match yourself to a successful roommate. We realize that even a perfect profile match may not mean you have the perfect roommate. Beginning ten days after classes begin, room changes are allowed, based on availability. To begin that process, please come to the housing office.
Convenience: Be close to everything
You’re within walking distance to classes, faculty, library, computer labs, rec. center and great places to eat! Don’t waste your time at traffic lights and finding parking spots in the morning. Ease your stress and sleep in.
Avoid money hassles
Avoid typical apartment monthly bills, buying furniture, paying for repairs and chasing down roommates for rent payments.
Students who live on campus have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate and be more satisfied with their college experience than students who live off campus.
Make friends and stay connected
You are guaranteed to meet people who are close by for studying, class help or just hanging out. Have the time of your life participating intramural sports, clubs, student government, residence hall events and everything the University campus has to offer.
You will be living with people who are going through the same experiences as you. You have the ability to talk to faculty, staff and students who can support your personal and academic needs.
Room cancellations after moving in:
We do want you to be happy.
If we can do anything to help you stay, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you chose to leave, complete the cancel agreement form. Once the form is submitted, a staff member will help you complete the check-out process. Note: signed legally binding academic year agreements result in a significant penalty; please be aware of this when cancelling your agreement.
Residence Hall Application cancellations
Cancelling your housing application is simple. We would certainly like you to stay with us, but realize you may decide this may not be the best living option for you. Please complete the cancel application form. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 208-885-6571 or contact us at email@example.com.
Summer Housing will be located in McConnell Hall. Placement preference will be given to those enrolled in summer classes.
|Room Type||Up to 30 Nights||More than 30 Nights|
|Single (Limited)||$25.92* per night||$24.00 per night|
|*8% sales tax is included in this total. 6% Idaho state tax and 2% Hotel Tax; required for any stay less than 31 days.|
Note: Summer housing buildings do not have air conditioning
Reservations and Deposit
Reserving a room in the residence halls for summer session is easy. Complete our online application, pay a $200 deposit and receive your room assignment prior to moving in this summer. Assignments are made on a space-available basis and you will be sent your room assignment prior to moving in. A $200 deposit is required prior to a room assignment being made.
All charges will be billed to your Student Account. The balance is due on the first day of check-in. An additional late fee will be charged for past due accounts. All communication will be sent to your Vandal e-mail account.
Reservation cancellations must be submitted online using the Application Cancellation Form. Cancellations received ANY TIME after the $200 deposit has been paid will forfeit the full deposit.
Refunds will not be given for days that a room is not occupied during an agreement period. Refunds for students withdrawing from the university’s Summer Session will be made according to the U of I Summer Session Fee refund policy.
All residence halls remain open during spring break for all students who wish to remain on campus.
Please note all dining facilities will be closed during this week.
During Fall Break all residence halls will remain open for students who wish to remain on campus.
Please note that all dining facilities will remain closed during the Break.
The Residence Halls (with the exception of LLCs) will close during winter break. If you are in need of winter housing please fill out a Winter Break Housing Application.
Can I stay in my room?
Students living in Wallace Residence Center, Theophilus Tower and McConnell must leave their rooms for winter break. Please contact the Housing office with any questions about winter break leave.
Students living in any of the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are allowed to stay in their rooms during the entire winter break, as this is included in the LLC resident contract and cost.
All students planning to return to the residence halls for spring semester may leave their belongings in their rooms during break, but should take any important items with them (ex: medications, passports, computers, school work, etc.) as students will not be allowed back into the buildings during winter break.
Note: During winter break, Housing & Residence Life will be conducting Health and Safety checks in the rooms to monitor any safety concerns such as ensuring that smoke detectors work and not being covered.
What is the cost of staying on campus during winter break?
The cost is $500 to stay on campus. Please note you will be reassigned to a different room for winter break.
What if I need a place to stay during winter break?
If you need a place to stay during winter break, please fill out our online form above. There is a cost associated with winter break housing.
What if I am not returning in the spring?
If you are not planning to return to the university or residence halls for the spring semester, you will need to complete checkout paperwork at the Housing office prior to leaving for winter break. If you may possibly fall into the Regulation L category (by receiving below a 1.0 GPA), please visit the Housing Office prior to leaving for winter break.
Does my dining plan work during break?
No. Students who live in our campus LLCs during winter break are responsible for providing their own food.
Winter Break Info
Renew Your Room
Benefits for residents renewing their housing:
- Meal plans are not required for LLC residents. There are less expensive, optional meal plans available.
- The following items are included in the cost: power, trash, internet, water, garbage, and laundry.
- No car, commute or battling for a parking spot. This means you save money on car maintenance and gas.
- Unlike off campus apartments, which generally charge first and last month's rent along with a deposit, all up front, Housing charges nothing. Your deposit from the prior year rolls over. For example, an apartment off campus that costs $750 per month would require $2000 before students can move in.
- If your roommate fails to pay their part of the rent you do not have to come up with extra cash.
For apartment residents, six-month agreements end in December and twelve-month agreements end in June. Prior to the end of these agreement periods, you will be sent an email from Housing & Residence Life (to your Vandal email address) about the actions needed to either renew and remain in your current apartment OR vacate at the end of your agreement.
Apply for room renewal and get first pick of your room and residence hall. Check back for more information close to January.
Same Room Renewals - February 2 - 5 (Non-first year students)
New Room Renewals - Opens in February9
Apartment and Family Housing Renewals - Starts April 2021
Did you know?
- Students wanting to live together can choose the same room
- There is no up-front cost to renew a room because your $200 deposit rolls over each year
- McConnell, the LLC's, and specific floors of Wallace are available for upper-level students
- Students over the age of 19 may also choose the Elmwood apartments.
Room Renewal - Save Your Room
Current residents same room renewal is open February 2-5 for the 2021-22 academic year.
Vandal Living Viewbook
Your guide to living on campus in the Residence Halls.