University of Minnesota

Application Process Information

How It Works – Assignment Process

Consider the Following Information as You Apply for University Housing:

Housing Guarantee

All new incoming first-year freshman who submit a complete housing application, are admitted to the University and confirm their enrollment by May 1, are guaranteed a space in housing.

Before You Apply for Housing

You must first apply for admission to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. We encourage you to apply for housing as soon as possible after you apply for admission to enhance your assignment options. You do not have to wait for acceptance to the University to apply for housing.

Incoming First-Year Freshman “Housing Guarantee”

To enhance your priority for a Housing assignment, we recommend you apply for housing as soon as possible. The Priority deadline for Living Learning Communities is March 1, 2013.

Incoming first semester, first-year freshman are guaranteed University Housing when all of the following conditions are met:

  • Their University Housing application-contract and $25 non-refundable Housing Application Fee are received or post-marked by May 1, 2013, and
  • They have been admitted to the University of Minnesota by May 1, 2013, and
  • They have paid the Enrollment Confirmation Fee by May 1, 2013, and
  • They accept assignment to any available space (even if the space is not one of their preferences or is an Expanded Housing space). Typically, incoming first-year freshman applying before, but closer to the May 1 Housing Guarantee deadline, are assigned to Expanded Housing (for Fall 2012 this was the middle of March) or to one of their lower preference halls.

Expanded Housing Program Spaces

If you are an incoming first-year freshman or incoming first-semester applicant, Housing & Residential Life may offer you an Expanded Housing space. The Expanded Housing space is a temporary assignment and could be:

  • A study room converted to a resident room
  • A standard room or apartment that, due to larger square footage, can have an increased capacity (e.g., double to triple occupancy)

Housing & Residential Life offers Expanded Housing spaces in an effort to support the University’s mission to house incoming first-year freshman and to support their academic goals. Every attempt is made to equip these spaces with furnishings similar to those in standard residential rooms or apartments. While these rooms/apartments are private, lockable spaces, they may have less drawer/closet/desk space or square footage than standard rooms/apartments.

If you are offered an Expanded Housing space, you may refuse it at the time of initial notification and ask to be placed on the Waiting List (see more information below). We cannot guarantee, however, you will be assigned a standard room/apartment in University Housing during the 2013-2014 academic year. Residents living in Expanded Housing spaces have first priority for standard room/apartment spaces that become available.

You may also cancel your application-contract and receive a refund of your Housing Guarantee Payment by canceling within 7 days of receiving your assignment or 7 days prior to move-in depending on which comes first.

If you accept an Expanded Housing space, we will make every effort to place you in a standard room or apartment by the beginning of spring semester.

Note: Residents living in Expanded Housing spaces must move to a standard room or apartment when the space is offered. Housing & Residential Life realizes residents may have become comfortable in their temporary space; however, we are committed to returning the Expanded Housing study rooms to their intended use.

Transfer Student Housing

Due to the demand for student housing on campus and the “housing guarantee” for incoming first-time freshman students, on campus housing is limited for incoming transfer students. Approximately 200 spaces will be reserved for transfer students. Priority will be given to students who select and are admitted to one of the transfer Living Learning Communities. 

Waiting List

It is possible all University Housing spaces are filled when your application is received. If so, you will be placed on either the Priority or General Waiting List. Placement on these lists will be determined by the date of the completed housing application, including the $25 application fee payment. Notification will be provided concerning applicant’s placement on these lists by July.

Priority Waiting List

For incoming first-year freshman applying for University Housing and/or accepted for admission to the University after the May 1, 2013, deadline for guaranteed housing.

General Waiting List

For all other applicants.

Note: It is important to keep the University of Minnesota informed of your current mailing addresses/email and phone number while you are on a Waiting List.

If, while on a Waiting List, you choose not to accept the first space that is offered, you have one of the following options:

  • You may cancel your application-contract; the $25 payment is non-refundable.
  • Your application-contract can be transferred to the spring semester Waiting List within the 2013-2014 academic year, and your original Application Complete Date will determine your position on that list. No guarantee can be made for further assignment. Should you decline any subsequent offer during the 2013-2014 academic year, your application-contract will be cancelled.

As you fill out your application-contract, pay particular attention to the following:

Individual Information must include:

Your Full Name
University of Minnesota Student ID Number (a seven digit number from Admissions)
Internet ID (You can activate that account at You will need your Student ID for this.)
Gender (assignments based on your indication)

Application Period - choose the one that best fits your situation:

  • 2013-2014 New Resident (beginning in September)
  • 2014 Spring Only (beginning in January)
  • 2014 Summer (beginning in May)

Roommate Requests

Requests for specific roommates are considered only if the request is for a person of the same gender and the request is mutual. While not guaranteed, Housing & Residential Life will make every effort to honor these requests. Your chances of being assigned to the same room/apartment will be greatly enhanced if both applicants are incoming first-year freshman applying for University Housing by March 15, 2013. In order to request a specific roommate, you must enter their Internet ID on your application.

Roommate Matching Questions

If you are not requesting a specific roommate, use the six questions on the application as a guide. The questions are meant to enhance your potential roommate assignment, not a guarantee of compatibility with your assigned roommate. Beginning in March, incoming freshman will be sent an e-mail attachment with an invitation to participate in the Roommate Search. (Students selecting a Living Learning Community are not eligible to participate in the Roommate Search.)

Things to Consider Before Signing Your Contract

Alcohol Policy

The possession/consumption of alcohol is prohibited for all residents who are under the age of 21, regardless of hall/apartment assignment. The possession or use of alcohol is permitted in Centennial Hall, Yudof Hall, Wilkins Hall, and University Village ONLY by residents who are 21 years of age or older. Possession/consumption or being in the presence of alcoholic beverages is not permitted by any individuals in any hall listed above, even if such persons are 21 years or older.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the residence halls/apartment complexes.


If you are a person with a disability that may require special housing considerations, please contact Disability Services at 612-626-1333 no later than May 1, 2013.


All of our residence halls and apartments have men and women living within the same building. Many of our floor communities are also co-ed. If you need a single gender community assignment due to religious, cultural or other reasons, please contact our office at no later than May 1, 2013.

Transgender Housing

Choosing where to live is an important decision, and University housing staff are committed to assisting you decide if our housing options will work. Differently gendered and transgender students are encouraged to contact us. To discuss transgender housing options, please contact Susan Stubblefield, Assistant Director of Residential Life at 612-626-5897.

Graduate Student Housing

Approximately 30 spaces are reserved in on-campus housing facilities for single graduate students. The reserved housing spaces for graduate students are available in Centennial Hall (mostly single rooms) and University Village (4-bedroom apartment units). A residential meal plan is mandatory for all students living in Centennial Hall, and is optional for students living in University Village. Due to limited availability of on-campus housing for graduate students, spaces are assigned upon receipt of a completed housing application (in date priority order) and housing guarantee payment.

Family Student Housing

For on-campus housing options available to married/partnered students and/or students with families, please visit

Off-Campus Housing Website

For off-campus housing options, visit Housing & Residential Life’s off campus website

Payment of Fees

Every student at the University has a Student Financial Account and will receive a bill for tuition, housing, meal plan, and other fees. Your first billing statement from the Office of Student Finance will be issued electronically to your official University e-mail account. You can set up a debit payment from your checking or savings account, charge a payment to your MasterCard, Discover or American Express, or download and print a copy of the bill from your Student Financial Account and mail the payment. If you have questions about the student billing process, please contact One Stop Student Services at 612-624-1111 (1-800-400-8636) or access the University’s One-Stop Web site at

University Housing rates can be viewed at

What to Expect

Complete the online Housing application and pay the $25 application fee as soon as you apply to the University (You do not need to be admitted to the University.) The date your completed application is received in Housing & Residential Life is the first and most important criteria that will determine your final room assignment. Incoming new freshman are not required to live on campus. However, it is strongly recommended.

Once your application is complete you will receive an Application Complete email message.

Beginning in March students who have a complete housing application and are admitted to the University, and confirmed their enrollment, will begin receiving a Housing Guarantee offer email with a request for a $200 Guarantee payment.

In addition, incoming freshman will be sent an email invitation to participate in the Roommate Search. (Students selecting Living Learning Communities are not eligible to participate in the Roommate Search.)

After the $200 Guarantee Payment is received, students will receive a Housing Guarantee Received Notification email.

Mid-July - Applicants not guaranteed an assignment will receive a Waiting List Letter by email.

End of July - Students guaranteed an assignment will receive a Housing Assignment by email and a brochure by U.S. mail with this same information and other move in details. Depending on the number of students who have been guaranteed housing, some may receive this information in August.

Check out the Move in Guide online for details about moving to campus, including what to bring at