Transfer Student Housing
Congratulations on your decision to transfer to University of Idaho and join us in Housing and Residence Life.
As an incoming transfer student, you are in a unique position as your experience will be similar to returning students while still experiencing the same orientation programs as first-year students. To help you transition into the Vandal community, transfer students can choose housing in our upper-level residence halls.
Your housing application will allow you to indicate certain lifestyle characteristics you may want us to consider when making your housing placement. Housing assignments will be based on your responses, available space and your best match for roommates.
Special considerations are made for medical or health-related needs, placement in specialized communities, lifestyle preferences, roommate requests and availability.
The residential experience is an essential component of social and academic success at University of Idaho. All first-year students are required to live on campus with very few exceptions.
On-campus living provides unique resources and connections that help students create a successful and well-rounded college experience. Research has shown that living in student housing during the first year has numerous academic and social benefits for students. In particular, students who live on campus during their first year typically experience the following benefits.
Students living in the residence halls will see a higher:
- Graduation rate than students who live off-campus
- Level of satisfaction with their college experience
- Level of involvement in clubs and activities on campus
- Level of interaction with faculty members and peers
More information about this requirement can be found on the Live on Campus Requirement Page.
As a transfer student, new to the university, you may wish to live with residents that share similar interests or academic goals. Ease into your new living arrangements with a specialized community such as:
- College of Natural Resources — LLC Building 5
- Engineering — LLC Building 7
- Gender Inclusive — Wallace and LLC
- Honors Program — LLC Building 8
Visit our Specialized Communities Page to learn more.
As a non-first year student, all of our meal plans are available to you, regardless of where you reside. Whether you like to eat two or five meals a day, you’ll find plenty of choices among our meal plan options that best fit your lifestyle, budget and schedule. Visit our dining page to learn more about meal plans.
Talk to a professional right here in the Residence Halls. Counseling and Mental Health Center staff will be in the Wallace basement 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Don’t miss this free opportunity to connect with a counseling professional. Counseling services are free for students.
Looking for advising help? Drop into the Wallace Basement Lounge on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 to visit with Kaylena, your Vandal Success Advisor. Come by to talk through general advising questions and problem solve your academic needs.
As a part of University of Idaho’s Auxiliary Services, residents can find employment in various departments beyond housing including dining, the university bookstore (VandalStore), custodial, summer conferences, parking and even the university golf course. A full listing of available jobs can be found on the university’s website.
Learn more about Student Employment Opportunities.
Meal plans are required for all returning students living in McConnell Hall and Wallace Residence Center. Returning students living in a Living Learning Community are not required to purchase a meal plan; but are highly encouraged to explore the residential and community meal plan options.
- The Idaho Experience: Unlimited meals in dining hall + $225 dining dollars + 4 weekly Gold Meals = $2,715/semester
- Joe's Choice: 14 meals/week in dining hall + $325 dining dollars + 3 weekly Gold Meals = $2,360/semester
- Vandal Fuel: 8 meals/week in dining hall + $425 dining dollars + 2 weekly Gold Meals = $1,980/semester
- Social Plate: 3 meals/week in dining hall + $450 dining dollars + 1 weekly Gold Meals = $1,160/semester