Students will be allowed to move-in without having their test results back; however they are required to be tested as soon as possible upon arrival to campus. The University does require that students have a negative result back prior to attending in-person classes.
Students residing on campus in a residence hall will be required to participate in the University of Idaho’s COVID-19 testing program. Students who opt not to participate in the required testing set forth by the university will have their License Agreement terminated and their deposit refunded.
Housing and Residence life will remain open to students for the same dates as stated in our housing license agreement, students may continue to use their room during the dates in the agreement.
If a student chooses to leave at fall break and not return their room until spring semester, they will not see a refund. As the room is still theirs for use and the last day for refunds was October 9, 2020.
For more information on this policy please see our License Agreement.
If a student chooses to cancel their future term housing and not return to the University of Idaho as a student for spring semester, they will need to fill out our cancelation of agreement form, pack their belongings, return their keys and then they will not be billed for spring semester
Due to the current pandemic, residents may use kitchen facilities under the following guidelines:
- Residents must adhere to social distancing guidelines when using housing kitchens. No more than two people allowed at a time when cooking in the kitchen. Exception is when residents from the same room or suite are cooking together.
- When possible, food preparation should be done in the resident’s room prior to using the kitchen.
- No personal items may be stored in the kitchen area. Any items, food or cooking, that are found in the kitchens unattended will be disposed of.
- No eating in the kitchen area. All food that has been prepared must be taken back to the resident’s room or outside of the public areas.
- Residents MUST clean up the kitchen space immediately after use.
Any resident who is in violation of kitchen safety rules and guidelines will be referred to conduct and may lose their kitchen privileges.
Residents are not permitted to have guests from outside of the building they live in. Buildings are listed below.
Wiley Wing, Ballard Wing, Gooding Wing, Stevenson Wing, McConnell, LLC 1, LLC 2, LLC 3, LLC 4, LLC5, LLC 6, LLC 7, LLC 8, Tower
- Guests can only be those who reside in the same building. No outside guests are permitted.
- Hosting a guest, from within the building, without permission from the resident’s roommate is prohibited.
- No guests may stay overnight.
- Having a number of guests that exceeds the fire capacity for a room/suite is prohibited.
Students will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines while using the laundry facilities. You can also download the laundry app to see which washing machines and dryers are available to use.
Students will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines, all elevators will have signage with max capacity for the space.
Our team puts in a great deal of effort to make sure your room is clean and in good condition. Rooms may have some normal wear from usage over time. Items such as small paint chips, scratches in wood/painted furniture, or pinholes in cork board are considered “normal wear”. It is the responsibility of each student to inspect their space at move-in and report the condition of the space.When inspecting the room you should look for items such as: wall damage (holes, large paint chips, etc.), flooring damage (large stains or tears), mattress damage (inspect seams for tears/holes), and broken furniture. As with any rental we encourage you to take pictures/video of the space at move-in and keep them for your records.
All residents must complete a Room Condition Report within 72 hours of check-in.
To submit your Room Condition Report please visit our online Room Condition Form
Our beds are standard deep twin XL size.
Students must contact the Housing & Residence Life Office regarding room changes. Any students who have made room changes without approval of Housing & Residence Life will be assessed a $50 improper room change fee and will be referred for disciplinary action. Improper room changes include not moving in the required timeline and/or not receiving authorization from the Housing & Residence Life office.
Students who wish to change rooms during the course of their agreement, at their own request and not as part of a Housing & Residence Life re-assignment, may do so on the housing website. Due to health and safety concerns and the limited amount of space, room changes are not guaranteed.
Room change requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine priority, safety and need. Room changes do not occur during the final two weeks of the semester. Room change requests will incur a non-refundable $50 cleaning and processing fee (fee will be waived for first time room change each year). This fee will be billed to student’s account at the time of room change approval.
Residence hall rooms are furnished with:
- Extra-Long Twin Bed
- Desk and Chair
- Dresser or Wardrobe (depending on building)
- Garbage Bin (recycling bins are available upon request)
All items must remain in room.
Yes we provide microfridges so there is no need to bring one from home. There is one microfridge provided per room in Wallace, Tower and McConnell. The LLCs come with a full size refrigerator and microwave in each suite.
Lounges, hallways, other common spaces and the Tower and McConnell residence hall bathrooms are cleaned daily by our dedicated custodial staff.
Students living in the LLCs and Wallace residence halls are responsible for cleaning their bathrooms.
The residence hall license agreement is a binding commitment to live on campus for the duration of the agreement contract. The University of Idaho residence hall license agreement includes both room and meals.
Yes and No. Students living in the LLC may continue to be on campus during winter break. Students with winter break housing needs should work directly with the housing office to make housing arrangements.
Residence Hall students who have lost their VandalCard can get a temporary key from the Information Desk. The Information Desk will provide a temporary key during their hours of operation. If you have lost your VandalCard while the Information Desk is closed please contact the RA on call using the number located in your hall.
Absolutely. In order to room with a friend, choose the same room during the Housing application process.
Students who would like to live together, but not in the same room, can choose Wallace Residence Center and the Living Learning Communities. Suite style options are a great choice for students wanting to live together but not wanting to share a bedroom.
We want you to be happy and comfortable living on campus. The first step to take if you and your roommate are having a hard time adjusting to living together is to talk with your RA. If you still feel you must change rooms, please visit the housing office, and we will help you apply for a room change.
There are no room changes during dead week and finals week.
Yes. Each year we are able to approve a limited number of room “buy outs” in Theophilus Tower and Wallace Residence Center. This means students buy the other half of the double-capacity room.
If interested, email email@example.com to let us know you would like a single room. We let you know within a few days if we can approve your request.
Yes and no. Students have seven days after their roommate leaves to declare they would like to buy out the other half of the room. Students may also choose to move out and choose a single room (if rooms are available). If students do not declare the desire to purchase the other half of the room, housing will begin the process of moving in another student.
Please note: housing can not guarantee single rooms if there is no availability.
Resident safety and security is important to us.
Each residence hall is protected by a Vandal ID card reader that unlocks the door for residents of the building. Students are encouraged to keep the doors to their rooms locked and follow common sense safety precautions.
Resident Assistants also do nightly rounds of the buildings to ensure safety and enforce quiet hours. Additionally, campus security does two random rounds with RAs per day.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-7054.
There are several options you can go to for help.
Information Desk, located in the Living Learning Communities is available for all students from 6 a.m. to midnight. Students can visit the desk for emergencies, room lock-outs, lost keys, disturbances, complaints or any other safety needs.
RA On Call
Each hall has an RA on call number you can contact. Numbers are posted in each hall.
The Campus Security Team is on patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including holidays and academic breaks. You can also contact Campus Security to utilize their safe walk program. This program is free for students, faculty, and staff. More information can be found at uidaho.edu/safe-walk. Campus Security can be reached at 208-885-7054 or 208-874-7550.
Yes. Housing and Residence life works directly with Moscow Police to ensure safety in the residence halls. Campus Security also does nightly rounds of residence hall buildings, student safety checks and a 24-hour a day campus free campus security walking service. For more information on the Safe Walk program, go to Security Services site.
Public Transportation & Parking
No vehicle? No Problem!
U of I is a beautiful, walkable campus adjacent to downtown Moscow. With free public transportation, nearly 2,500 bicycle rack spaces and on-campus Zipcars available to any student, your educational experience can truly be vehicle-free.
Residence Hall students can bring their car and purchase a silver parking permit from Parking and Transportation Services. Silver parking is located between Wallace and the Tower as well as across the street on two sides of Wallace.
The University of Idaho encourages bicycle transportation. Designated bike racks at located outside the entrances of Wallace Residence Center, McConnell, Tower and Living Learning Communities.
Please stop by the housing office if you would like to store your bike indoors. We have limited spaces available in Wallace, McConnell and the Tower residence halls. The housing office is located on the second floor of Wallace Residence Center.
There is motorcycle parking near the residence halls. To park a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, purchase a parking permit. You may not store motorized vehicles inside your room or residence hall at any time.
Absolutely! Washers and dryers are located in all buildings and are free to use. You only need to provide your own soap and dryer sheets. Ask your RA on which floor your nearest laundry room is located.
Use of our laundry machines for all residents is free.
Yes. Each residence hall has computer labs with printing capabilities. The LLCs are the exception. However, all students are welcome to use the large public computer lab in the bottom floor of Wallace Residence Center. All full-time students receive 250 pages of printing per semester.
Yes, Wallace and McConnell have kitchens in their basements, while our Living Learning Communities each have a kitchen on the main floor.
Gender-inclusive housing allows for same gender, opposite-gender or gender nonconforming students to live together, regardless of biological sex.
This housing option provides an environment where housing is not restricted by traditional limitations of gender.
To sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing, select "Gender Inclusive Housing" on the application, agree to the terms and choose from the available gender-inclusive spaces.
All participants living in gender-inclusive housing are expected to adhere to philosophies of respect and inclusion and are expected to be a positive member of the larger campus housing community the same as any other resident.
Gender-inclusive housing for first-year students is offered in Wallace Residence Center.
Non-first year students, including non-first year transfers, options are located in the Living Learning Communities and Wallace Residence Center.
All gender-inclusive housing assignments are located in suites with private bathrooms.
Yes, all students can request a room change at any time. There may be limitations to room selection options depending on the time of year and if there is available space.
No. Students will never be placed in a gender inclusive suite if they have not selected that option on their application. If not enough students select this option, a student requesting gender inclusive housing may be placed in a single gender suite.
For questions about gender inclusive housing and other accommodations related to gender identity/expression, please contact our student assignments team at email@example.com or 208-885-6571.
Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to designate units with openings as single gender at any time if needed.
Yes, you can cancel your room application, however you will forfeit 100% of your deposit and your room assignment will be released.
You can cancel your room application using the Cancel Application Form.
Yes, you can cancel your room contract and agreement, however doing so may carry a penalty of up to $1,800 if you will be remaining a student at the University of Idaho.
If you cancel due to any of the following reasons the penalty fee will not apply: graduating in fall semester, studying abroad, student teaching, going on exchange, withdrawing or medically withdrawing.
If we can do anything to convince you to stay, please contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise complete the cancel agreement form. Once the form is processed you will receive an email with instructions on checking-out properly.
If you choose to cancel your room contract you will lose 100% of your deposit.
In the case of extreme, unforeseeable and uncontrollable problems the penalty fee may be appealed. Canceling your Agreement is your last resort to solve a problem. You must seek assistance from Housing and Residence Life staff to resolve the problem, and you must try all other, less extreme options offered to you before submitting a cancellation. The other options might include, transferring to a different campus housing room, room type, residence hall or apartment for which you are eligible.
To appeal the penalty fee, please complete the Housing and Residence Life Agreement Appeal Form.